Aug 302014
 

Long weekend here in the USA, so certainly time to be out of office.  Once the hu-dad let’s us out, of course.

out of office

Work week is over, hu-dad, time to get out of office.

fun weekend

Looks like a fun weekend on the other side of this door.

patience is thin

Patience is wearing thin, hu-dad.

knock

Knock, knock, knock.

camera down

Put the camera down and let’s go!

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

Aug 292014
 

Hu-dad is always asked where he comes up with his ideas for blog posts.  He just laughs and says that living with a Herd of Siberian Huskies is an absolute guarantee that something blog worthy will happen every single day.

Well, most every single day.

Cheoah is feeling a little under pressure since the day is ending, nothing has happened, and the camera is on her.

no mischief

The sun is setting and we have not caused the first bit of mischief.

why the camera on me?

Why do you have the camera on me, hu-dad?

nothing.  Sorry.

Freezing under pressure.  Sorry.

Aug 272014
 

Siberian Huskies are known for their high prey drive.  Frankie is no exception with his ability of hunting rabbits.  Sort of.

rabbits in the yard

From here, I can see all of the rabbits hanging out in the yard.

master hunter

Yes, I am a master hunter.

don't leave the couch

As long as hunting does not require leaving the couch.

Aug 262014
 

Resisting temptation is difficult for all of us, but particularly difficult if your name is Typhoon.

monitoring

I have been told to stay out of the kitchen for a little while, but I can still monitor everything.

getting ready

Me? Getting ready to go into the kitchen? Why would you think that?

Can't hold longer.

Oh, come on, I have followed directions for at least 10 to 12 seconds. Can’t hold longer.

Posting the next picture would be pointless since no dog was in the frame.

Aug 252014
 

We have a bear story for you today, as told to us by a US Park Ranger.  Thought you would find it as amusing as hu-dad did.

hike

Out for our usual Sunday hike in the woods.

new signs

But these signs were new since the last time we were on this particular trail.

The reason the sign caught our eye is that bears on this trail are not unusual at all.  We have even posted pictures of some of our bear encounters from this trail here and here.  Go ahead and click those links.  We will wait until you come back to tell our story today.

Back?  Great.

So hu-dad stepped into the ranger station to ask about the signs.  Even though we wear bear bells and are used to dealing with bears on the trail, if the bears were being unusually aggressive, we would just go somewhere else to hike.  The ranger said the bears were just being normal, but the signs were prompted by a recent encounter.

A woman was on the trail and accidentally found herself between mama bear and her cub.  Now, black bears are normally quite docile, but mama bears are very protective of their cubs (aren’t most mamas?).  So this bear decided to puff up, make a lot of noise, and charge at the woman.

Normally, the charge is all bluster.  Now this is really easy to say, but much harder to remember when a bear is actually charging at you – If you keep facing the bear and back slowly away from the cub, mama just keeps making her noise while you slowly give her space.

The one thing you don’t ever want to do is turn your back on mama and run. A bear can run faster than a human and running can actually encourage the bear to chase.

So, guess what?  Yep.  The woman ran.  And mama bear chased the woman.

The woman is very frightened and runs off the trail, through the woods, and right down to the Blue Ridge Parkway where there are other people and cars.  Seeing a car on the side of the road, she tries to get into the car while screaming hysterically.

Makes sense, right?  Not for the driver of that other car.  All he knows is that some screaming woman has crashed out of the woods and is trying to get into his car with his now scared family.  Anyone who has read Stephen King or Dean Koontz knows this is not good.

The bear, meanwhile, has taken this opportunity to quietly guide her cub away from all of the commotion.  The rangers arrive to one woman screaming about a bear chasing her and another person screaming about a crazy car jacker.

As the ranger succinctly put it, “We had a mess.”

P.S. – Our hike was quite peaceful and we never saw a bear.  This time.

Aug 242014
 

Weekends are for hiking, not working on the computer, hu-dad.  But we are always waiting on the hu-dad.

guarding the door

Guarding the door here, hu-dad.

nibbling

Maybe if I start nibbling on his toes, he will get moving.

Aug 222014
 

Preparing for the fun of a weekend, so Typhoon is wearing his game face.  Cheoah is sitting beside the hu-dad and Typhoon is doing his best to entice her into a game of chase and tag.

the stare

Go ahead, Cheoah, resist the stare.

Play time.

Play time. Play time.

Come on Cheesewhiz

What do you mean that it is always play time in my book?

Go big.

Fine. I have to go big.

can't resist

Even the hu-dad can’t resist this look.

Chaos ensued and hu-dad lost all ability to photograph.

 

Aug 212014
 

When things get quiet, hu-dad has to see what we are doing.  Not sure why.  Anyway, he happened upon this scene yesterday – sleeping brothers.

shared nap time

Nothing like a shared nap time.

for now.

Big brother seems quite happy that he has worn little brother out – for now.