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We are finally catching up on blogs and comments and Facebook and all of that good stuff after a great holiday period. We realized that we received a number of questions and comments during our beach excursion that deserve some answers, so consider this a special Q&A post.
First, unrelated to the beach, but related to our recent website update – we were asked if we would set up the website to take comments on the stories just like we can on blog posts. After all, the stories were all written prior to The Herd having a blog. Fair deal, done. The way the website is built, ANY page has the ability to turn on comments, so we just turned them on for the story pages. So each story now has a comment section that works exactly like a blog comment works. Feel free to leave comments at any of the stories.
On to the beach –
Depends on when they are on the drop line. Since the pictures you see are after we have been on a long walk and in an RV camping area, The Herd is actually very well behaved. Of course, A tired Sibe is a good Sibe is the trick to that one. If we are hooking up to go pulling, they are a leaping, crazy, wooing group – but that is a different setting – usually out in an area away from people – and different time – we are hooking up to go exercising, not coming back from exercising.
Sonic asked – What’s that picket line for? Is it like a game or something? I’ve never seen one before.
Woo, Sonic, we love our picket line (also called a drop line). The line can be attached to two fixed objects and then there are individual lines (the pickets) that can attach to a dogs collar. Thus, The Herd is all connected to a single line. When traveling in the S-RV, this is an easy way for The Herd to spend some time outdoors when we don’t have fencing. Examples are below:
KB (who captured some amazing mountain lion pictures – PLEASE go visit her blog) asked – Do Sibes like to swim? Even in the 30s and 40s, my labs would be surfing!
Complicated answer. In general, the breed is not known for its love of swimming. As you can imagine, if you live in cold clients, getting wet can be fatal unless you have the protection that otters and polar bears have. BUT, in warmer climates, Sibes can adapt and use water to cool off with. Our own Cheoah (which, interestingly, means Otter in Cherokee) is well known for her water antics and loves to be soaking wet. Last week? Natasha walked in the surf edge a few times, but that was it. Too cold to get fully wet. The rest of The Herd has never shown a desire to get wet.
Michelle R asked – How do you guys clean up all that sand and muck after each beach, ocean walk? Our springer needs a bath each time we would come back from the lake, or else she would smell like dead fish and leave sand everywhere!
The answer is all above. Since we don’t like to get very wet (except Cheoah) and because we spend time on the picket line before going back in the S-RV, we don’t track in a lot of dirt. Plus, we Siberians love to clean our own coats. Mind you, we can get muddy filthy when we want to, but left to our own devices, we can clean up as well. Now, of course, the fun at home is to get muddy, come in the house, lay on the bed, and clean ourselves. The humans say we have the steps out of order, but what do they know?
Steve & Kat asked – I love the portrait of the red team at sunrise! Which brings me to another questions. Do your humans match their clothes to which ever team they have? Also, is the same human always with the same team? We usually have girls against boys at our house. Mom and Kat and then Dad and me.
Laughing. The hu-dad is accused of not matching his own clothes, much less matching to the dogs. So there is no attempt to match colors with The Herd. BUT, we usually walk the same groups. Natasha and Kiska are quite capable of keeping Qannik contained (he walks in zig-zags). And Kodiak and Cheoah are buddies, so they are not happy unless walking together. Rusty – well, Rusty just wants to be able to do his own thing.
Everybody wanted to know about our Pirate Treasure – What is it?
The most creative answer came from Denns the Vizsla who cracked us up with, “Is that a buried cage? I hope nobody is inside!”
Our official answer – We don’t know! We had really hoped by posting the picture that someone would say, “Oh, that’s a whatchamacallit” and we could google it and understand. Did not happen.
So we turned to one of our nautical experts, Kira The BeaWoootiful, and asked for a learned response. The reply, “Woos! After studying the picture and using our nautical knowledge…. I have decided… it is three huskies on a beach looking at some re-bar or the remains of an anchor!” Solved.
Hope you enjoyed our answers. Oh, for those of you that were worried, our snow is still here. In fact, “they” are predicting some snow everyday this week all the way through Sunday. Isn’t life great?
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