Our pal, Mogley G. Retriever, taught us an important ratio – hands to dogs ratio. That ratio helps figure out how much ear scratching and petting can occur based on how many hands are available for dogs in the household.  As you can imagine, our ratio is pretty challenged.  Thus, we love it when we have visitors like we do this weekend and that ratio improves.  Our cousins, Tartok and Ruby, joined us, so we were at 8 dogs, but we were also at 5 people, so 10 hands.  Trust us, 10 to 8 is as good as the ratio gets except when tourists crowd around our Jeep to admire us.

Kiska - Woo, look, more people!

So do we act any different when we have guests?

Rusty says walk the same way regardless of who has the leash.

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P.S. – Thank you for all of your notes and emails.  We are all safe and sound from Hurricane Irene.  Living in the far western part of North Carolina, we did not even get any rain.  We hope all of our friends up the Eastern coast are all safe.


  1. Lexi and Jasper the Danes on September 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    More gorgeous photo’s of where you live and your beautiful dogs!

    We liked the post with the horse’s crossing the road! You’d not see anything like that where we live!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  2. Maxx on August 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Bravo Rusty!!


  3. Pup Fan on August 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Glad to know the hurricane didn’t really affect you guys!

  4. houndstooth on August 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Rusty, it’s good to know that you gave the guests the true Herd experience! I’m glad to know you are all okay! 🙂

  5. Mogley G. Retriever on August 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The hand to dog ratio is important. Did you remind them that more hands can also hand out more treats? After all, what good is a hand if it does not have a treat in it? You did not mention tummy scratches and ches rubs…… All hands on deck!

    Mogley G. Retriever

  6. melF on August 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love the hands to dogs ratio. I had never thought about it that way before, but it is so true. I can’t imagine how you handle it when there are no guests to help out!

    Maybe that’s why I stopped at 2 dogs. 🙂

    A little late to The Hop, but glad I stopped by!

  7. Sam on August 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    LOL – we can never wait for visitors to leave and Monty can settle down. We are getting a complex, he is thrilled to have people we think we must be pretty dull to him!


    Love the last photo!


  8. Huffle Mawson on August 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Rusty has the right idea!

  9. The Ao4 on August 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Way to go, Rus-TY!!!
    Play bows,

  10. Kasha the Dainty Great Dane on August 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Don’t you just love having visitors and all the extra hands to pet you guys! Sorry I haven’t been blogging or visiting lately…mom’s been busy at work and just plain lazy. I hope all is well with you guys.

    AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

  11. HUSKYS RULE on August 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Having visitors is always great!!! The more hands the merrier!!!! Rusty don’t change a thing!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  12. rottrover on August 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Glad ya’ll are safe. We were concerned. Ya gotta love that Rusty!! Just makes everyone feel like part of the family!!

  13. Kari on August 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    ooo Rusty, you know that theres no need to change who you really are 🙂


  14. Wild Dingo on August 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    rusty’s not only a rooster, he’s a gooser!

    glad you’re all safe.

  15. The OP Pack on August 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Ha – Rusty is just wanting to give your visitor a good Herd welcome:)

    Since we grew to a pack of four, Dad has been helping out a bit more with our walks, but we are still having a lot of dancing around as we try to figure out where we are all supposed to be. Mom says sometimes it is easier to do two walks with two dogs each time by herself.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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