Great Progress

We are very happy to report great progress by Queen Natasha in her recovery from surgery earlier this week. Her exact homecoming date has not been set, but she is healing well.

bright eyes

Bright eyes!

Her pain medication continues to be reduced and she is moving about well. Still working to develop a steady appetite, but overall, we could not be more pleased with her progress.

cool stuff

Though this IV does have some really cool stuff in it.

We did have to laugh today because Natasha growled at being told to stay in her crate. The fact that she was grumbling seemed to be perfectly normal to those of us who live around her daily.

nap time

I am done the photo session. Ready for a nap.

We really appreciate all of the terrific thoughts and well-wishes. We look forward to having our Queen back to Chez Herd really soon.


  1. Cheerful Monk on July 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you for the update. I agree with the “Yay, Natasha!” And that the grumbling is a good sign. 🙂

  2. rottrover on July 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Keep it up, Your Highness…

    -Ruby and Otto

  3. Des Harding on July 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

    That is certainly the best news!! So very happy to hear how well she is recovering and what a huge relief it must be for you knowing the worst is over. She is looking as beautiful as always. Hope she continues to build up her strength and that she will be home soon.

  4. DJ Riendeau on July 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Such wonderful news! Sending positive thoughts your way for continued healing from Cierra and Maggie! Grumble on Queen!????❤️

  5. Juno's mom on July 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Yay!! She does look good. Sending positive thoughts for the best outcome.

  6. jan on July 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Good to know that anarchy hasn’t hit the herd without the presence of the evil one.

  7. The Ao4 on July 18, 2015 at 9:49 am

    That’s so encouraging! We’ll keep praying for her continued recovery and that she can come home soon!
    I’m going to do zoomies to celebrate!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  8. Padma on July 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

    It’s great to hear that she’s feeling well enough to grumble. Paws crossed for her continued improvement.

  9. Carolyn on July 18, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Yay Natasha! I know she will have to be on crate rest for awhile, but what a fortunate girl. I know she will be happy to be home. Grumble away, Queen! We love it.

  10. The Painter Pack on July 18, 2015 at 5:57 am

    So great to hear the wonderful news. I just know that she will keep recovering and be home soon. Kisses to her Herd!

    The Painter Pack

  11. Khyra on July 18, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Oh the thought bubbles I saw 😉


  12. Khumbu on July 18, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Great news, we are so happy to hear Natasha is doing so well. Keep strong. Power of the paw and healing vibes still headed your way.

    Khumbu, Kyra and Rita (and hu’mum)

  13. Mom, Ice 'n Ebby on July 18, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Mom sez: I’ve looked at QNTE’s bio before, but it never registered until now that she is TEN DAYS older than our “IceMan”! He was born on June 21st, 2003, the Longest Day! Ice is officially “CKC Ch. Debalys Summer Ice”, from Debalys Siberians in Dawson Creek BC Canada. (Now, long retired, and adopted by us as a companion for our Ayla (his daughter) 7 years ago. After losing her to diabetes in October 2013, he was “lost”, ’til we adopted “Debalys Ebony & Ivory” (Ice’s granddaughter) four months ago now, and she has given him a new lease on life, as has “The Herd”, for Natasha. May both Natasha and Ice live out the rest of their lives knowing they are much loved and cherished.

    • Misha Koda and Sue VerSchneider on July 18, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Ice n Ebbys Mom, that kinda sounds a little how we got our three. We had promised the human kids we could get a dog when we purchased the house. So we found our Misha (gs/husky mix) and brought our baby home 9-2001 (dob 4-2001).
      A year later my husband and kids decided she needed a companion. Me not so much but we adopted Rusty (red colored siberian) from the local SPCA. Apparently he had been abused enough to where he didn’t know how to “play” dog games. She taught him some. Some things he never got over. But some things were just Rustys way. Like greeting me each day to tell all the days happenings. (Telling on the kids lol as I called it) and singing Happy Birthday while we did. (To this day I tear up over that song)
      In 2007 he started to go blind and developed diabetes. He was my complete baby by then. We did shots for 3 years until he went into kidney failure and passed along to the Bridge 9-17-2010.
      Back to just our baby princess Misha I was good to go well as good as one can be after losing their best friend. She was 9 and the kids were in college so it was time to unwind and become empty nesters with just our girl…..or so I thought.
      Yeah ummm not so much. That’s when my husband (always him lol) decided Misha was lonely and needed another companion. Back to the same SPCA we go (he’d already been) and found Koda but he was on hold for another family. (Secretly thinking yes! End of this nonsense) but my husband says what if they change their minds to the worker. She put our names down as a wait list behind another couple. Ok good that’s 2 families before us, no Koda for us!! Right?…. Wrong.
      So we get the call both declined him and did we want him. By now it’s 2 weeks before Christmas and 3 weeks since we had first seen him. We took Misha to do a visit with the college aged kids. Ok he’s almost 3 he won’t be too rough or rowdy for too long. She’s like whatever he’s a dog he came come home if you want. Since she was good I was ok. Lol.
      Get him home do a vet check and oh he’s microchipped and his data says his dob is 11-9-2009. Ummm what? It’s 12-2010, he’s 3! No he’s 13 months. Head slap he’s a baby he’s a rambunctious 1 year old Siberian! I’m doomed I thought.
      Well Koda has brought life to Misha over the last 4.5 years. She’s 14 now he’s 5 and he knows her level of playtime. He really cant stand life without her. If she goes to the vet without him he paces while she’s gone.
      I truly believe Rusty knew in November 2010 I was i ready to bring another dog into our family and so he worked his Magic from the Rainbow Bridge for me and Misha. Because 3 weeks of on hold off on hold again, Koda should have been adopted way before that. But some how some way his rambunctious monster has wormed his way into my heart even though he’s still like he’s 13 months at 4.5 years and the best keep her active bestie for Misha.
      Take care hugs to your two.
      Misha and Kodas mom from Virginia Beach Va USA

      • Zoe on July 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

        That us an amazing story cudos to you and your family for building such an amazing story through rescue

  14. Zoe on July 18, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Question… Have the dynamics of the herd changed with the Queen not there?

    • The Thundering Herd on July 18, 2015 at 5:29 am

      Thus far, Princess Kiska has kept everyone in line, though Hu-Dad does receive a thorough sniffing when he comes home from the hospital with Natasha smells on his clothes.

      • Zoe on July 19, 2015 at 6:01 am

        As it should be
        I’m so glad she’s doing well

  15. Mom, Ice 'n Ebby on July 18, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Mom, Ice ‘n Ebby all say: Wonderful news, ‘Tasha, so glad to hear you are making such wonderful progress. Sending prayers for continued healing and looking forward to seeing you back as “Head of the Herd” very soon. (Slurpy doggy kisses from Ice ‘n Ebby, and hugz from us all!)

  16. Zoe on July 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Continuing prayers for The Queen as well as her human family and pack.

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