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Wooo – we are really trying to make this a regular feature. So we scanned the October comments and questions and replied to the best ones.
Teddy Bear asked, “Where do all you lovely Sibes slumber?”
We have to keep the humans company, of course, so we all sleep in the bedroom.
Natasha sleeps on the bed since she is the queen. Though she sometimes plays Miss Independent and goes to sleep on one of the beds on the floor. She says that is a great spot to play “trip the human” if they get up in the night.
Rusty loves his Ottoman. Though he has been known to sneak up into bed and under the covers on cold, wintry nights. We all make fun of the Siberian who does not like to get cold.
The day the chair was bought, Kodiak claimed it as his own personal sleeping spot. The humans’ vision of having a chair to sit in to read just never materialized.
Qannik is trying more and more to sleep in the bed, but that is totally up to Natasha. Some days, she thinks he is cute and allows him to hang out with her. We think she likes her “bling” to be near by. Other days, he is in the dog house, so to speak.
Kiska and Cheoah are constantly in “crate reform school.” Once the lights go out, they find amazing ways to create trouble, so they get to sleep in their crates. They actually like the crates and go straight to them, but have never earned the door open status.
l-r – Kiska, Qannik, Kodiak (in chair), Rusty (on ottoman), Natasha
And now you can see Cheoah, too
Our dad says he really needs to get a good wide angle lens so he can take this as one shot (or learn to use the software to stitch them together), but at least you can click on them to enlarge the pictures.
Tula asked, “How did your hoomans get you all on a dropline AND get you to pose?”
Actually, we love our drop line. It is our favorite part of S-RVing (well, and the hikes). In a campground, we love to watch people’s expressions as they walk past our campsite.
Sue of Dream Valley Ranch (a blog you must visit if you have never been there – they have Big Dogs, too) asked, “Have you ever had a loose dog come and cause havoc with the Thundering Herd when they are on the drop line?”
Fortunately, no. We are only on the drop line when our humans are there with us or just inside the S-RV, so they shoo away anything – dog or other wild critters – that are crazy enough to approach us. We have wanted to go chase something we have seen, but the drop line prevents that.
Stella asked, “How insistent was the Evil Queen that you bring the Cannon home?”
Queen Natasha is always quite insistent about anything she wants. Always a lot of fun watching the battle of wills between our Queen and our hu-dad. Quite the question of who is more stubborn at any given point.
In reference to the bread eating incident and our cousin Ruby, The Op Pack asked, “Did you get caught in the act, Ruby?”
No, there were no witnesses. But Ruby’s defense was blown this past Saturday night when she came walking into the den while the humans were watching TV – with a big chunk of bread in her mouth. She proceeded to lay in the floor and eat it before the humans could get to her.
Our favorite cat friend, Huffle, asked, “I’ve never seen the Cheoah slide before. Is that a patented move?”
Yes, it is patented. But Cheoah gladly lets all of her canine and feline friends try it out on their own without any royalties. Just be glad Natasha did not patent it or she would demand royalties.
Our pal Bricey of Many Nicknames (and we are hoping their computer issues are solved soon) always has to have fun with his pal Qannik, so asks, “Qannik! The rest of the herd still has white ankles. Are you walking challenged?”
Natasha would like to answer – Qannik is always challenged. At everything. But he’s cute.
Our favorite question of the month came from our buddy Maxdog (who has an awesome blog about he and his family in South Africa), “We don’t know you guys that well (Sibes-in-general), so forgive us for asking, but we are genuinely curious…are you guys really ’special needs’ Doggies (as we have heard)?”
Ha-roo-roo-roo. You have us in Sibe Stitches here, for sure. Legend has it that we were bred to disobey a musher’s order if we thought it was dangerous. Thus, we take a human’s command and rationalize whether the command makes sense. Our human says he can see the little wheels turning in our heads when he tells us to do something, though we do not see any wheels ourselves. Plus there is that logic skill thing (Natasha can open doors) and the running thing (which explains our Sibe Quentin). So we certainly consider ourselves special.
Have a question for The Herd? Go ahead and put it into the comment section and we will answer it. But we promise not to do it in a predictable time frame because, well, we are Siberians and our entire purpose in life is to be unpredictable.
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