Sightseeing on the Trail

We went walking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where our section is typically closed throughout the winter.  Normally, we have it all to ourselves, but fresh powder brings out lots of others.  Here is who we shared the trail with.

Wooo - Who is that coming down the road?

One of the half dozen cross country skiers we met.

And this guy was loving running with his skier

And kept a good pace the whole time.

Kiska got a high vantage point to watch everyone pass

And all of these people were sledding down a hill

Qannik was wondering who was making all of the racket behind him

Some Pup was doing her "I wanna" song and would not be quiet

For those of you who do not know the “I wanna” song, Cheoah can be quite vocal when she wants something, which is pretty much all of the time.  The trick is figuring out what she wants at that given moment so you can get a few minutes of quiet.  I wanna drink of water.  I wanna eat something.  I wanna go to the bathroom.  I wanna go for a walk.  I wanna have my belly scratched. I wanna out of my crate.  I wanna in my crate.  And so on.  Experience tells us that she gets louder and louder until you give in.  And then you have a little quiet until she thinks of something else she wants.

In this case, she was bored watching the sledders and wanted to keep walking.  After a few minutes of crescendo, we caved and kept walking.  She has the humans well trained with embarrassment as her motivating tool.  Sigh.


Pups – need your help.  Another of us is sick and needs pawsitive thoughts.  Please cross your paws and send the best of vibes to Sitka who is being treated at the University of Georgia for a pneumothorax – which basically means a hole in her lungs.  As of this posting, she was responding to treatments, but next steps are still being determined.  Join The Herd in praying for a full and quick recovery.  Power of the Paw!


  1. Steve & Kat on February 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Your humans need to get themselves some skis so you can pull them fast around on the snow!


  2. Corgi Country Crew on February 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Looks like you guys are having a great walk in YOUR kind of weather! We love people and animal watching we found out this weekend… Normally, there isn’t anyone around to watch! We will keep Sitka, as well as Max, in our prayers.

  3. the houston pittie pack on February 17, 2010 at 12:50 am

    ruby tuesday
    vewy clover we must say
    those tweats sure looked yummers
    pibble sugars
    the houston pittie pack

  4. Twinkietinydog on February 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I must say the skier and his companion look like they were completely in the groove. I actually got a bit jealous for a minute and you know I hate the snow. What fun you guys

  5. Samantha ~ Holly & Zac ~ on February 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Watching those skiers looks quite fun.

    BOL at Cheoah though, Holly can be a bit moany when she is bored too…hehe

  6. The OP Pack on February 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    A day late and many dollars short, but here we are. Looks like a fun walk. We love to meet peeps on our walks, not so much loose pups. But that 3 legged one looked very cool – kudos to him for his skill.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  7. Wild Dingo on February 16, 2010 at 4:49 am

    ps. going to sitka’s blog now. thanks for the info…

  8. Wild Dingo on February 16, 2010 at 4:48 am

    One word for Cheeto: “skillet” … in fact, you should just carry one on your walks and show it to her. but knowing Cheesewiz, she may think you’re about to cook her an omelet! LOL!

  9. Dennis the Vizsla on February 16, 2010 at 12:10 am

    A hole in the lung? That doesn’t sound good. We will be tail-wagging for her. Looks like you added an honorary Herd member!

  10. the houston pittie pack on February 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    boy you guys sure know how to have fun
    thanks for sharing all your fun in the shnow
    pibble please enjoy it vewy much for ush woggies who dont get any white fluff
    pibble sugars
    the houston pittie pack

  11. Mochi on February 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    What a cute pup you met on your hike! 🙂 I would love staring at all those skiers!

    I’m crossing my paws and sending tons of Sibe Vibes to Sitka!


  12. Khyra on February 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I bet some pup wants to be part of the Baywatch khounterpart Ski Patrol!

    I also expekht Rusty to take a try at skiing too!


  13. Sam on February 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    It’s nice to see so many people out and about!


  14. Ricky on February 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to wish me a happy birthday! What a beautiful place to go hiking – mom says she has been to the Blue Ridge Parkway – maybe she’ll take me there some day!

    Hey, I’ve been seeing lots of cross country skiers in my favorite park here – guess all this snow really brings them out!

  15. Huffle Mawson on February 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    The black and white dog reminded me a little bit of Tehya! I am purring my hardest for Sitka too.

  16. gus, louie and callie on February 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    what a great walk you all had.. Wish we still had a little of that show..

  17. Martha and Bailey on February 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Cheoah sounds like our kind of dog! We are quite vocal ourselves well sometime you just gotta holler!
    We heard about Sitka over at the Army of Four’s blog and we are thinking of her and keeping our basset paws crossed.
    We enjoyed seeing all your cool snow pics.
    Martha wants to know how come you guys are not scared of trippy trap bridges?

  18. Teddy Bear on February 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    You all must’ve had so much fun hiking in all that snow. I bet the sledders were fun to watch too. Oh, Cheoah, you are so smart to let your Mom and Dad know when you wanna something!

    Teddy Bear

  19. The Army of Four on February 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Gorgeous pix – oh, how we would love to hike with you. Dave would go ballistic over seeing a loose pup, though. Funny… if a dog’s on a leash, he’s cool. Otherwise… not so much.
    We’re praying like crazy for Sitka!
    Play bows,

  20. Houndstooth on February 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    That looks like a very fun walk! Let’s just not let Lilac and Cheoah get together! We already have enough trouble with her bossing us around!

  21. Amber on February 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Wow, everyone was out having fun! I am quite the expert at getting what I want too but I whine and sound pitiful to get my way. 😉 hehehe!


  22. Huskys Rule on February 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    All of our paws are crossed for Sitka…we’re thinking of ya. Kody & Nia

    Cheoah you sound like me my hu-mans also love my singing (whining) especially when I want to go for a walk or even better when we are walking & they & my brother want to stop & socialize with people I give them exactly 1 minute before I let them know it is time to start moving…this is my walking time.
    Licks & Nibbles–Nia

  23. Kari on February 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Did any of the pups you encountered Skijor? In Alaska its huge. Its a dog pulling a cross country skier. (incase you don’t know what it is 🙂 )

  24. Mimi & Cabana on February 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Funny, their different personalities! Cheoah must be task-oriented, while the other herd members are more people-oriented? I’m like Cheoah myself. I like to finish what I started and not lollygag for too long!

  25. Stella on February 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

    There is a song about Cheoah . It goes: Whatever Cheoah wants, Cheoah gets, and it doesn’t matter what it is!

    Good for you Cheoah, you obviously have a good system going!

    We are going to visit Sitka right now. Why do the dog troubles always come in bunches?



  26. KB on February 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    One of our dogs (can you guess which one?) has trained us through embarrassment in exactly the same way. His high pitched “I wanna” barks out in public will make us do almost anything to get him to stop.

    Has he ever spent time with your herd? He seems to have learned tricks from a number of them!

  27. Kira The BeaWoootiful on February 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Wooos! What a great place for a walkie, although Mum is still chuckling about Cheoah. For some reason she thinks that sounds just like me. After all I do whine (and eventually start singing) for water, food, out, in….

  28. MAXDOG on February 15, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Hey guys
    Im sorry to hear of our friend, Sitka…we have our paws crossed and are sending good vibes your way.
    We loved seeing your snowy slopes and also that incredible disadvantaged doggie.
    THinking of you

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