Name Game – Ruby

The name game continues, but we are traveling back across the valley to tell you about Ruby.  For the rest of the week, we will tell you about Kodiak, Qannik and then wrap it up Sunday with Cheoah.   If you want to participate, check out Frankie’s blog and the rules of the game.  We will, at least, finish on July 4 – the day when everyone is supposed to post their stories.

The Herd Annex

As we explained on Tuesday, Tartok settled into The Herd Annex with the hu-grandparents very quickly because he is such a well behaved gentleman.  Since he had been there almost two years, the hu-grandmom wanted a playmate for Tokkie, specifically another Siberian Husky.


The hu-dad is quite the enabler when it comes to Siberian Husky addiction.  One day, the hu-dad was chauffeuring The Herd around Waynesville and passed in front of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s headquarters, where a pet adoption day was happening.  Since both Qannik and Cheoah came to us via Sarge’s, we are supporters of this excellent organization.  In fact, look for something special coming up soon in regards to their Annual Dog Walk on August 7.  Let’s just say The Herd had better be very well behaved in this year’s walk because people will notice if they don’t behave.  More on what will be happening in a later post, but if you are within driving range that day, come on down for the walk.  It should be “entertaining.”  To borrow a phrase from Golden Boy Luke – just sayin.

My chair.

Anyway, back to Ruby.  The hu-dad looks over and spies a red Siberian Husky in one of the exercise pens.  He does a u-turn.  (By the way, for some reason, a u-turn in a Jeep Wrangler with Siberian Huskies in the back has been known to attract attention.  Imagine that).  Inside that pen was a beautiful, sweet, innocent red Siberian Husky named Lil.

The look of innocence.

The hu-grandmom is called immediately and a meeting is arranged.   Lil again demonstrates her beautiful, sweet side.  We have since learned that she is quite the actor when it suits her.  Just sayin (thanks again, Luke).  This all ends with Lil coming home to live at The Herd Annex August 29, 2009.  But the name Lil just did not seem to fit her.  Well, as the hu-grandmom says, unless we thought of her as Diamond Lil.

Mae West is my idol!

Growing up, the hu-dad had a Great Aunt (maternal grandmother’s sister) who lived with his grandparents.  She was a fantastic lady who said exactly what she thought, chain smoked, loved cards, and taught the hu-dad some great vocabulary over the years.  Her name was – Ruby.  For some reason, the name seemed to fit Lil.  (Note to extended family – really, the story about it being the color of her coat is true.  Sort of.  In a round about way.  Sigh.)

Pure innocence. Honest.

Remember the other day when we said that Tartok was the perfect gentleman and the hu-grandmom was not experiencing the full Siberian flavor.  Let’s just say that situation has been rectified.  Ruby is an extraordinary counter surfer and has snarfed the most amazing food choices.  She talks back, is stubborn, harasses Tartok all of the time (who eats up the attention), and generally considers herself the life of the party.  In other words, she is a Siberian Husky.

Countersurfing? Nope, not me.


  1. Lisa on July 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing. You’re one pretty lady! Ruby definitely suits you! 🙂
    Kodi x

  2. Mochi on July 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Hee hee, I love the cantalope story! 🙂


  3. Twinkietinydog on July 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hu-dad the enabler! BOL Love that.
    Lil??? Good thing for the adorable chain smoker. Ruby it is 🙂
    Ruby ex Lil, the counter surfer, Ruby the husky!
    Yay, mooooore…

  4. Dennis the Vizsla on July 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

    “What, this? I found it on the floor.”

  5. The Luke on July 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Fank Heavens for Life’s U-Turns!!!

    Ever good home need a ‘character’, and the Ruby is boaf fillin the bill AND, I’m sure, doin her Aunt Ruby proud!

    Another good story about a beautiful Sibe gal wif a great lookin cantaloupe! … Just sayin. (heh heh)

    wif love from the Luke

  6. Sagira on July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I love the name Ruby and also agree with the previous post about the Kaiser Chiefs song, if you haven’t heard it check it out, one of those songs that you go around singing the rest of the day. Ruby, Ruby, Ruby…

  7. Khyra on July 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Mom still thinks woo should have khonvinced them to go with the name we suggested!

    Your little nephew would have been furry impressed!

    PeeEssWoo: RUBY RUBY RUBY!

  8. Lorenza on July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I agree with Zim…. Ruby rocks!
    Kisses and hugs

  9. Kari on July 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    mmmm cantaloupe!!!

  10. The Army of Four on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Ruby rocks!
    Play bows,

  11. gus, louie and callie on July 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    We are sure glad that Hu-Dad made that U-turn.. Ruby you are one lucky pup. We can’t believe you are a counter surfer. he he Well maybe we can we have one of those too also known as the Pest..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  12. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart on July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Mine aren’t really counter surfers … most days, but I all too well the sound of a melon dropping to the floor. Then, I come upon the scene of the crime, only to see faces that say essentially … well, since it’s ruined, we might as well eat it, right?


    P.S. I referred a professor I interviewed recently to your sibe advice page when he announced he wanted one as a second dog to his Weim.

  13. The OP Pack on July 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    BOL – Ruby is a siberian, Ruby is a girl, need we say more?

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  14. norwood on July 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Oh boy.. .I am so behind. I have to catch on your name game posts.
    Ruby red ruby, i wish you were mine
    ruby red ruby with a knack to surf counters all of the time.
    Ruby red ruby to those who know best,
    ruby red ruby as who is the family pest?

    just sayin’

  15. jack & moo on July 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Great story! Auntie Ruby sounds like the kind of woman who would appreciate a good husky. We’ve adored Ruby since the first time we crossed paths on the blogs. What a gal!

    jack a-roo & miss moo

  16. Steve & Kat on July 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Sigh. We love Ruby. She’s our hero, especially mine.


  17. Kira The BeaWootiful on July 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Wooos! I love the innocent Ruby, although Mum thinks it reminds her of someone… I wonder who???
    Have a Happy Day!
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  18. Lynn on July 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I had an eccentric great-aunt, too. Her name was. . . Ruby!! 🙂

  19. Houndstooth on July 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

    There is no way that innocent little dog is guilty of all the things that are blamed on her! I think she’s been framed many times. The fact that she’s named after your Great Aunt makes her even cuter.

    For that August event — I hope there will be video and DVDs of that! I’d drive to see that if I wasn’t back at work by then!

  20. SparkeeSpud on July 1, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Way to be a poster-dog for the Siberian Husky breed. You are my idol when it comes to counter surfing adventures!

  21. El'bow & Hauwii on July 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

    we love the name ruby
    there is a song from kaiser chiefs
    wooow what are we super singers

    El’bow & Hauwii

  22. Country Corgi Pups on July 1, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Grammy says both she and Papa had “Eccentric” Aunties that would fit the description. Grammy still laughs when she sees that “Grand Theft Melony” picture! It’s so great that Ruby found a home with sibe people that are willing to work with the eccentricities in some of them… The CCC

  23. Wild Dingo on July 1, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Love it! I so don’t buy all that smack talk about Ruby. She’s completely innocent in our book. she probably did that cantalope a favor when it lept off the counter. i mean by then it was not edible… and here you are accusing her of “grand theft melony!” sigh. poor Ruby. Always accused of crimes.

  24. the_dogfather on July 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I think ruby is a great name! My mom almost name me cuppucino!! Faint!

  25. siku marie on July 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Alright we have been following along all week but were waiting to comment until the 4th but because of Ruby’s namesake we must interject that dad had an aunt just like that–lillian–(does every family have such a odd character old girl?) and I am SURE glad that mom and dad did go that route in the naming process.

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