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This Week's Thundering Herd Special Features
Weekly thoughts from our Hu-Dad with the latest updates on his writing projects, the books he's reading, and a gratuitous dog photo of us.
What Weather When?
March 26, 2023
How do you dress for a day in the Western North Carolina Mountains? Just answer what weather when? Good luck with that.
Way Back Wednesday
Each week, we reach back into our vault of over 4,700 previous posts and share a favorite. We hope you enjoy this look back.
Undercarriage Dog Wash
Q-tip loves hanging out in the yard, particularly on a rainy, muddy day like Sunday—even if it does mean he needs an undercarriage dog wash.
That is some mighty wild wildlife, Ty!!! Yeowzers!
Hey, does this mean that Q is no longer the omega male?
Hey Ty! What a cool first hike! I am very jealous of you seeing a bear. I miss our bears. They are not seen at this time of year, although I haven’t checked the rock den yet to see if anyone is in it. I always check on a super cold day when it’s snowing – I think they’re most likely to be snuggled up and very sleepy on those days.
Welcome Ty! I missed your arrival. I’m going back in the archives to read about you!
Seeing a bear IS definitely exciting. Welcome Typhoon! We are happy to see you and complete the pack of six of the Herd. We look forward to seeing more of you.
Piappies – Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie
I bet the hu-dad is hoping all the hikes AREN’T that exciting! Holy bear – that’s a little close for comfort.
Wow, that would have frightened our mom! Did the bear show any interest in you?
Observed us and was wary. At one point, she stepped away from us. Our focus was to move on down the trail (but facing the bear and not running) and out of the way, but we were also trying to figure out how close we were to her den. Cubs are born in January, so we are wary of even appearing to be a threat to the sow or her cubs.
WOW! Very cool 🙂 We get a lot of these guys too! Shouldn’t he be sleeping, though?
Black bears rarely hibernate here in the truest sense of the word. They do sleep much of the winter and it is rare to see them out wandering around, but they do forage for some food and “stretch their legs periodically”. Interestingly, many black bears “hibernate” (or semi-hibernate – whatever) in trees, not always in caves. January is also the time most black bears cubs are born, so mom rarely ventures far.
You are a handsome guy, Ty, and we send all our good wishes to you for a happy life with the Herd.
Jo, Stella and Zkhat
Me’n Ice are just so happy that you’ve found a “forever home” with the Herd, and already you seem to fit in so well. We, too, can see “shades of Rusty” in you, Ty!
Did you go crazy for the bear? I know we would have!
Typhoon, I have a feeling you’re in for a let down, although I know puppies feel that everything is an adventure!
Typhoon – you’ve “bearly” just begun! 😉
Just wait Ty –
Woo’ve only touched the surface of FUN with your new life!
In the first picture I see a high step…a little sign from Rusty 🙂 Welcome, Typhoon!
Exactly what I was thinking! Rusty sends his welcome.
That is the first thing I noticed too!
I have also noticed that Frankie’s fur color is getting lighter. He’s no longer the “baby” of the Herd anymore.
Glad to see Ty getting on so well with the Herd (well at least half of the Herd).
I hope so too! woo woo woo!
Wow! Seeing a bear on your very first hike with the Herd IS exciting. Wish I coulda been there to see that bear. ~ Kipnuk
He really looks like he is enjoying his hike, his new family and the wildlife. He is so pretty!!!!