Let’s get this out of the way first.  Bad human.  We have no fresh pictures since last weekend.  Sigh.  It is so hard to find good human help these days.

So we were looking at our photos from last weekend and noticed something.  First of all, here is a picture of all of the dogs on the picket line:

Picket Line

Now here is a close up of Kiska, all relaxed and polite and well behaved.  Notice how her paws are relatively clean and the ground under her paws is not disturbed. Even that wooly coat is fairly clean (a good thing considering how much fun it is to brush).


And now we give you Cheoah.  Same idea, except notice how disturbed the ground is.  And how muddy the paws are:

Muddy paws 1

You can hide them little girl, but they are still muddy.

Cheoah and muddy paws

And so now the video proof.  Notice how everyone is sitting calmly, but you can hear the Cheoah whines before you get to her.  But she looks like she is sitting still until the the temper tantrum begins.  I do love how the other dogs just ignore her and ignore how she bounces the cable around.  She is learning though.

NOTE – Picket lines and tie outs are great tools, but great care must be taken. The Herd all wear limited slip collars on the picket line (they wear break-away collars in the house) and are always under close supervision. Learning to sit patiently on a picket line is part of the training. Cheoah is learning.


  1. The Bumpass Hounds on February 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    We would not be as good as the Thundering Herd. If we were on a picket line we would be The Howling Herd and the sheriff would come visit mom and dad. Cheoah was well tolerated by the rest of the herd; our pack doesn’t have a lot of that tolerance stuff. Max sings and then we all sing.
    – Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Sophie, Shelby belle, Jack, Abby, Max, Shiloh, Alex, Boru and Jenny = The Bumpass hounds and Kitties

  2. Steve & Kat on February 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    My mom has been thinking about getting us a picket line for when we go camping after she saw yours. Last time we went camping, Mom and Dad just put our tie outs on a tree, but we got tangled up a lot.

    I really liked the video. I mean, REALLY. Keep an eye on my blog to see how much.

    I think I would be just like Cheoah. I’m not very patient, although I’m better than Steve.


  3. Mochi on February 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I’m surprised that everyone was so good on the picket line. I would have the same reaction as Cheoah! 🙂


  4. The OP Pack on February 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    So what was everyone watching or who? Does Cheoah always have the last spot on the line? That is quite the frantic paw action – patience, Cheoah, patience.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  5. Huffle Mawson on February 21, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I think the muddy paws are a fashion statement. They do match, after all.

    Huffle Mawson

  6. Kayla and Maebe on February 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Awwwww Cheoah, I was crying for woo too when I saw your vid… I wouldn’t like it either.
    WOOOOO woo rar rar rar, Kayla

  7. The Army of Four on February 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “I want to go and I want to go NOW!”
    Just in case you need a little translation!
    Ha roooooo!
    Tail wags,

  8. simcha on February 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    wow…everypup is so good. But then there’s Cheoah! Haroorooorooo! My human was fascinated watching the expression on all the dogs’ faces. And they were so tolerant of Cheoah’s tantrum!

    I always think of windchimes when I see videos of “The Herd”. Do you wear special tags to make this pretty noise? Is there a purpose behind it? I’ve always wondered.

  9. Khyra on February 21, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I’m out on mine now protesting NO SNOW NO SNOW NO SNOW!

    Cheoah sounds like me at my most annoying and want my mom’s attention NOW!

    PeeEssWoo: Was that digging to get to Australia?

  10. princess eva on February 21, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I don’t think we would do well on a picket line. Brice gets really upset if he can’t get to his Momma.

    Princess Eva

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