Big Dogs – Up Close and Personal

As we said yesterday, we loaded the Herd into the S-RV (Siberian Recreational Vehicle) and took off to the beach.  On Saturday, we drove down to one of my favorite cities, Charleston, SC.  If you have never been, I highly recommend it.  The city was founded in 1670 and was one of the largest cities in the early days of the U.S.  Somehow, despite the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and a few hurricanes (including Hurricane Hugo, which I well remember), the old historic part of the city still stands.  This is not a museum, but an actual living, thriving residential city that happens to be populated with homes from the 1600’s and 1700’s.  And it is extremely walkable (a great dog city) and the food is superb.

We parked the S-RV (no small feat in a city with roads built over 300 years ago), got the dogs out and went walking into White Point Gardens, commonly known as the Battery Park.  This is where the Ashley and the Cooper Rivers merge to form the Atlantic Ocean (so say the ever so humble locals).  Amazingly, six Siberian Huskies in an urban park filled with tourists become a tourist attraction in their own right.  Go figure.

But suddenly, Natasha alerted and stared across the park:

Natasha and Qannik

We have told you several times about how enamored Natasha is with Big Dogs (known in human speak as horses).  So I should have known that in a city of history where tours are often done in horse drawn carriages, that a close meeting would happen.  And what did Natasha see across the park?


Now here is the really fun part.  See the woman in the back of the carriage (click on the picture to getting a larger version).  She is taking a picture of us.  Every time a tour bus or tour carriage would pass us, multiple people were taking our pictures.  And people stopped us on the streets everywhere and took pictures.  The Siberians of Charleston!

On Thursday, we will share more pictures of Charleston and video of The Herd “Doing the Charleston,” but first, tomorrow, we will bring you a special Walking Wednesday from the beach.


  1. Steve & Kat on March 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Natasha, I love horses too! Steve still thinks they might be related to great danes, but I’m not so sure. When we went to Leavenworth, WA, there is a horse drawn carriage and I went crazy every time it went by. I just wanted to help pull the carriage!


  2. Mochi on March 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    What a great trip! WOW I never saw a dog that big!

    I can’t wait to see more pics of Charleston and your special Walking Wednesday!


  3. Ozzie on March 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    It’s obvious! Who wouldn’t want to take multiple pictures of 6 beewootiful cuties! And just look at all that fuzz! They will have to go home and then enlarge the shots and put them above the couch! Well, that’s what I would do.


  4. da boyz, Cosmos & Juneau on March 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    We hear that when doggies see R mommy riding Charlie horsie out in the Park they look at him like — woo, check out the big dog! Mommy says the Rocky Mt. Horse, which Charlie is, is as gentle as a Golden Retriever. Sos I guess we can make him an honorary big doggie.

    -da boyz, Cosmos & Juneau-

  5. the Army of Four on March 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Do you guys get any kick-backs or royalties or anything off people taking your pix?
    We’ve heard Charleston is just gorgeous. It’s bound to be even better with YOU there!
    Play bows,

  6. Echo on March 17, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I’m not at all surprised. We told our boy for a long time we were the best chick magnets ever invented. We certainly do multitask!

  7. The OP Pack on March 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Mom is sighing big time here – Charleston is her all-time favorite city to visit. She was there once many years ago and had a fabulous time there. She loved everything about it. She went on a great walking tour, ate phenomenally delicious food, visited some of the plantations, went to the Fort, and went on a carriage ride. She says she really wants to go back again, wonder if we can get her to take us.

    And your humans are surprised at how many pics were taken of all of YOU – You are all so beautiful, how would they NOT want to snap your pics?

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  8. Huffle Mawson on March 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    All dogs are big to me but that one looks like a giant!

    Huffle Mawson

  9. Khyra on March 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Maybe woo khould get a gig there to make money fur kibble, treats, and toys?

    I khan’t wait to see your Walkin’ Wednesday!

    I’m khurrently resting in anticipation of mine!

    Khyra O’Husky

  10. princess eva on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Forgot to say, we got the full bath treatment last night – we were covered in mud and burrs.

  11. princess eva on March 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Momma says she’d take lots of pictures of you if you ever come up to MN.

    Princess Eva

  12. Kira on March 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Mom and Dad went to Charleston on my boat without me last year!….. I am sure if i went I would have been a star there too! We are such beaWootiful Doggies!
    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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