Instigating Corrections and Clarifications

Can we explain the title of our post?

First – Instigation.  Not Instigtation.  Let’s spell that again – Instigation.  We have learned that WordPress does not conduct spellcheck on titles of post and thus our horribly misspelled title of our blog post – Instigtation.  And to make matters worse, we receive an email everytime someone posts a comment to the blog.  And that email includes the title of the post.  So we have received, so far, 29 reminders of how we can not spell.  Ruby says I deserve a slap with a paw for that one –

Oops - Ruby accidentally "touched" Tartok.

Oh, well, it gave me an excuse to use that picture again and it really cracks me up.  Because it is soooooo Ruby.

And now for the clarification.  Glad so many of you enjoyed our picture from “I Walk the Line.”  And thank you for all of the compliments for how well the two of them – Natasha and Qannik – walk together.  How did I train them to walk so well?  I didn’t.  The beauty of a digital camera.  I tried to get that picture over and over and over before it just happened.  In Sibe speak, they screwed up and accidentally let me catch them behaving.

I Walk The Line

And for the other questions.  The road is closed for the winter so there is no traffic.  And Kiska was there, she was just off to the right playing in the snow along the side of the road.

One final piece of news.  Remember the rock slide that we told you about back in October that closed Interstate 40 along the North Carolina / Tennessee border?

I-40 Rock Slide - Asheville Citizen-Times

Well the interstate is STILL closed with an expected opening date sometime in March.  This really, really matters to us because we live off of the last exit that is open in North Carolina.  Well, yet another rock slide has occurred along that route in the closed section of interstate.  Clearing that debris will take 2-3 weeks, so if the interstate had been reopened, it would be closed again.  Supposedly, this will not delay our reopening, but we are watching it carefully.  Trust me that alternate routes are few and far between.  Our hour and a half trip to Knoxville is closer to 4 hours because we have to go east to I-26 before we can go west again.  A better route from our house is 441 through the Great Smoky Mountain Park, but even that was closed yesterday due to snow.  The joys of living in the mountains!

This last picture has nothing to do with anything else in this post, but since we are being somewhat random today, we will leave you with this fellow.  We had stopped at a store in Asheville and he was watching The Herd through his store front door.

Doggy in the Window


  1. norwood on January 28, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Ha.. Mom always sees her spelling errors and poor grammar as well. Hmm.. rock slides.. closed roads.. sounds like you won’t get out until spring.

  2. Mochi on January 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Aww, the pup looks like he/she wants to join your pack! 🙂

    I love that first pic!


  3. Blogging Dante on January 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    This a fantastic random post! lol 🙂

  4. Dennis the Vizsla on January 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Is that the one with the waggley tail? It doesn’t look so waggley from here.

    Have I mentioned lately that before we moved to California we almost moved to Asheville? We would have been neighbors! But we wouldn’t have Dennis …

  5. Holly and Khady on January 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

    You silly Sibes. Khady is always pawing at my head and face when she wants me to play and I am trying to relax!

    Oh, and it’s actually Zimstigation after our friend Zimmmie of the Ao4, so we forgive you.


  6. Life With Dogs on January 27, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Amazing to see rock slides from that perspective. Sounds like they are making your life hell, sorry to hear that!
    I’ve had a ton of publishing errors, and never notice them until far too late. So welcome to the “oh crap” club. 🙂

  7. Emma Rose and The Duchess on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Wow that is some rock slide! I hope they get your roads fixed soon.

    By the way, the Duchess has been to Maggie Valley. She says it was the most beautiful place on earth and always wanted to live there someday. She even wrote a poem about it (back when she was younger)!

    Emma Rose

  8. Sam on January 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Shame on me for not visiting your blog yesterday – that IS an awesome picture.

  9. Twinkietinydog on January 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I think we’re all darn good spellers for K9s. I’m more concerned with the speech patterns that some of your fellow Sibes have developed. I bet they get constant reminders of their speech impediment.

  10. Sonic on January 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hahahaha doggy wants to play! I know that expression so well, cos it’s my expression most of the time!


  11. Huffle Mawson on January 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I hope those blocked roads are not affecting the Herd’s food supply.

  12. Clive on January 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Well, we never noticed the spelling mistake but then again we always seem to be mis-spelling words.

    Hope those roads get cleared soon!

    Love the last pic!

    take care

  13. The Army of Four on January 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Our mom is very thankful for digital photography. Something about “especially with uncooperative models”. She must mean Dad, don’t you think?
    Play bows,

  14. Anna the GSD on January 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Mom said she wanted to visit the Ashville area with us one day…we’ll have to ask you about where the coolest doggie spots are!!!

    And you can barely see it, but on top of that rock mess is a snickerin’ squirrel. WATCH OUT!!!

  15. Martha and Bailey on January 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    We missed ‘walking the line’ that is a good shot! We also love the doggy in the window.
    We did notice the spelling of instigation but it didn’t seem too important!
    Actually we don’t know if we should tell you this but we bassets can’t spell anyway!

  16. Khyra on January 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    We have khome to akhcept our humans mispaws –

    Our brains translate what we know they meant to spell fur us!


  17. Kari on January 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    hahaha I love the “they let me caught them behaving” comment. So true 🙂

  18. The OP Pack on January 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    We thought you did it on purpose:) We are happy to hear that Kiska was there, just not “there”. Guess she prefers not to walk the line.

    Hope your road opens soon. Here they get paid extra on road work if they get it done earlier than contracted.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  19. Stella on January 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Haven’t you seen the write-up about misspelled words, where if you just add a letter or leave out a letter and the word reads the same, people won’t notice the misspelling. I always notice,because I am a good speller, but I seldom comment since it could just be a typographical error and it seems like nitpicking to me.

    Jo and Stella

  20. jack a-roo on January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    You’re off the hook- we misspell words so often, we hardly even notice anymore and just attribute it to sticky keys.
    Hey, that pups eyeballin’ woo with bi-eyes… perhaps there’s a little Sibe in his lineage that’s pulling to be one with the Herd!

    a-roos to yous,
    jack a-roo & maybe moo

  21. Mimi & Cabana on January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’m a stickler for correct spelling, but I didn’t even notice the mistake in the title yesterday! Your blog is very well-written, and the errors are very few (if there even are any others). Some blogs, I can’t even read because the number of typos and misspellings is too distracting to me.

    My husband is a grad of UT Knoxville (20 odd years ago)–what a gorgeous area you live in!

  22. KB on January 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Yesterday, I discovered that blogspot also doesn’t wordcheck the title. I had spelled it horribly in my tired stupor. Fortunately, our family spell-checker walked behind me and told me that it was spelled wrong. Otherwise, I’d have a string of emails just like yours, reminding me that I should’ve learned to spell at some point in my long life!

    I’ve been wondering about your slide. I bet that makes a huge difference to you. March doesn’t seem to far off, until I think of how many extra hours of driving you’ll do between now and then, and that it might be close AGAIN after that. Whew.

    On a good note, you have the road to yourself to get photos of your perfectly behaved Sibes walking the yellow lines!

  23. Tucker on January 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

    That doggie just wants to come out to play….

    woof – Tucker

  24. Cocorue on January 26, 2010 at 9:01 am

    THAT is what i would call a ‘yearning’ look …he must be lonely

    you guys ARE beauties ……….


  25. Houndstooth on January 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Yegads! I can somewhat feel your pain on the road closing. We had a major tornado here that shut down the main road several years ago and driving around it was a major pain! I hope you’re able to get out with less hassle soon.

    Ah, don’t we all love typos?

  26. MAXDOG on January 26, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Hey there,
    I think you guys had better start considering emptying your piggy bank and get yourself a helicopter! (A large one to hold all the hounds!) I would love to know what you’d call it…or how you’d spell it? …helicopter herd?
    Hope you are all happy and well in your lovely mountains. Some of us would give anything to be holed up in the mountains! (Stunning pics too…thx!)
    Take care and lotsalicks

  27. Wild Dingo on January 26, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Dude, that doggie in the window is like, “WTF IS THAT?” at your Herd. He’s also like “WhoTF is CRAZY ENOUGH to have six of THOSE things?” Or maybe he’s like, “Oh man, I totally want to be in that gang.” They’re the fabulous T-Herd! (not the T-Bird!)

    and I never even saw the title boo-boo. but question: why didn’t you just freaking change it? i mean, it’s not like its in permanent ink!
    wild dingo

  28. Mr Koda MD on January 26, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Great pictures!!! Who was that little fellow, did he want to join your pack?

    Can I paw with you as well?


    What an inconvenience about the rockfall!!! (My Ma).

  29. SUka on January 26, 2010 at 1:42 am

    What a cute doggy in the window! He looks rather tentative, like he isn’t sure if he should be guarding his store or wishing he could join all you pups in your fun. That rock slide looks frightening! I hope no animals or humans got hurt.


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