Comments and Questions

We always want to do a regular feature where we respond to questions and comments from our readers.  Somehow, we never quite get around to it.  But we had so many great questions in the last week, we decided we had to do it.  So, first up –


Lots and lots of pups asked, what was Natasha reaching for?

Ready?  A tomato.  Yep, we had a single, ripe tomato on the floorboard and Natasha decided she really, really, really wanted it.  And to answer the next question, no, she did not get any.  Don’t throw tomatoes at us.


We had several questions about the way we group the dogs for walks.

KB asked, “Is one human being actually holding onto all those leashes and keeping them untangled?”

Nope – two humans – each with three.  We use High Sierra Walk A Belts from White Pine Outfitters so that our hands are free to handle walking poles and cameras on the trail.  Of course, we can get pretty tangled some times, too.

And asking about those three dog teams, The Op Pack asked, “Do you group them that way purely for color or does personality/temperament come into play as well?”

Grouping The Herd into The Red Team and The Black and White Team just developed over time.  But now we do that almost all of the time.  Placement is important in that Rusty always wants to the left of the trail so he can play and Kiska always wants to the right of the trail because she does not like any movement on her right (we don’t really know why).  The others are really flexible.

On a related note, the NY Bully Brats asked if it was The Red Team that made the rescue we told you about the other day.

It happened to be the Black and White team.  They just happened to be closer.


Several of you asked if they could trade for Rusty as their Big Brother.

Well, The Rooster loves to meet new people and new dogs, but we can’t give him up.  He is the life of the party around here, as we like to share.  Besides – and this is just for you EvaQannik says there may be too much competition in the handsomeness category if he and Bricey shared the same household.


Our final questions comes from Ammy of the A04 – “So the answer to that age-old “does a bear poop in the woods” question is “yes”?

Based on our experience, oh yeah.  A lot.


  1. Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ on August 31, 2009 at 11:10 am

    great post – we love the Q and A

    Woodrow – Sweetie – MJ

  2. Steve and Kat on August 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I think Natasha should have gotten the tomato.

    Mom and Dad have those walking belts too and even though there are only two of us, they don’t know how they would survive otherwise.


  3. Golden Boy Luke on August 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

    You are the most picturesque bunch of siblins I have ever known. Add to that your wonderful personalities and now the Mom is wonderin why she not rescue the likes of the WOO!

  4. Huffle Mawson on August 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Very interesting facts. I wonder if I should bring back “Ask Huffle” on my blog.

    Huffle Mawson

  5. Biloxi and Siber-Sibs on August 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Rusty, woo will always be my distant brudder, even though we is not related.
    Maw says thanks for the info on da walking belts. Furry informative Q & A.

    Husky kisses,

  6. Mochi on August 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the all the great answers! Especially the one about the walking belts. I may have to ask mom to get one of those so she can bring her camera on our walks!

    Happy Friday!


  7. gus, louie and callie on August 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Mom also was curious if one human was holding you all. She can relate. She walks all three of us with camera in hand…
    Have a great weekend…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  8. Stella on August 28, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    It would be very nice to have ?????as a regular monthly feature of your blog and I bet you a nickel you would NEVER run out of questions!

    Like for instance, we had a dog in NC who was bitten by a Copperhead just outside our building (lots of pine trees around) and we wonder if any of your dogs have been snake bitten and how did you manage it.

    Stella and her Mom

  9. KB on August 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    A tomato! What was a tomato doing rolling around on the floor? I bet it looked like a ball to Natasha.

    I’m glad to hear that there’s a complicated system involved in keeping your herd so well organized on the trail. With just two leashes, I end up tangled and wound up regularly.

  10. the Army of Four on August 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Hee hee hee! I just KNEW it!
    PS: I feel like I have Rusty as a little brother – the more I learn about him, the more he reminds me of Zim! 🙂

  11. Princess Eva on August 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

    So do your people normally leave fruits/vegetables rolling around in the Jeep?

    He’s not bad….. for a sibe.

    Brice the Handsome

  12. Kira on August 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Awwww! I guess that means I don’t get Rusty, what a bummer…….
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  13. Brownie on August 28, 2009 at 9:18 am

    BOL! I loved Ammy’s one liner!

  14. The OP Pack on August 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Phantom LOVES tomatoes – especially if they are part of spaghetti sauce:) Thanks for the answers. When we were three, Dakota always preferred to be to the right, NEVER liked the middle, Phantom to the left, and that left TD in the middle.

    Have a good weekend.

  15. Khyra on August 28, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Tank woo fur all the answers to SOOOOO many khwestions!

    Happy Friday!


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