Carry A Big Stick

Being called the “Thundering” Herd for a reason, we may not walk softly, but we sure understand carry a big stick.

I have found the best stick in the yard.

I have found the biggest stick in the yard.

Typhoon was enjoying a nice peaceful rest in the snow with his new favorite toy – a stick he had found in the yard. Ok, fair enough, it was a branch.

No, it's my stick. Go find your own stick.

No, it’s my stick. Go find your own stick.

So, of course, despite the fact that the stick had been in the yard for days, since Typhoon was playing with it meant that Cheoah wanted it. The wrestling match ensued and, somehow, Typhoon won and kept control of his stick.

I don't care. I found a big stick.

I don’t care. I found a bigger stick.

See I have a bigger stick than you have!

See I have a bigger stick than you have!

Cheoah ran off to the house, declaring that she had won because, well, she is the sister and gets to decide those things.

I won. I won. I won.

I won. I won. I won.

And that left Typhoon in the yard with his original stick . . . and the bigger stick that his sister had found.

Hmmmm. She was right. This is a big stick.

Hmmmm. She was right. This is a big stick.

I love my new stick. It is the best stick in the whole yard.

I love my new stick. It is the biggest stick in the whole yard.

And everyone lived happily ever after. Well, until an even bigger stick is found.

Wait. There is a bigger stick?

Wait. There is a bigger stick?


Believe it or not, the Valentines just keep pouring in. Both the Frankie fan club and the Kiska fan club flooded us with more cards yesterday and that safely had Frankie leap to the front of the Valentine count. Natasha still leads in fundraising. Best of all, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation receives every penny to helpless homeless dogs and cats.

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10 Comments

  1. Dashi (and Anne) on February 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

    oohhh.. there’s nothing quite so nice as a big stick! Reminds me of two years ago when I brought in a lovely branch intending to do a nice alternative arrangement for Christmas. I couldn’t get it to stand upright with what I had so I left it on the patio and on my way home from work got a bag of sand to help stand it up. I got home and found that Dashi had reduced my 7-foot branch to a small heap of kindling… And he was ridiculously pleased with his handiwork! 🙁

  2. Dennis the Vizsla on February 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay stiks!!! saya is totaly a fan she wil go for the biggest wun she can find!!! sownds like she wood fit rite in with yore tinder gathring aktiviteez do yoo want her i can send her to yoo!!! ha ha ok bye

  3. Koda Hazel and Sue VerSchneider on February 19, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Here at the VaBeach chaos house, we have Koda who’s a 6yr old Sibe who thinks his 75lbs is 7.5 lbs and then we have Hazel who’s a 1 yr old Coonhound who thinks she can take down Koda with her speed and 45lbs. Then as if that wasn’t enough we have been doing Puppy Daycare got our daughter and her fiancées 13 week old German Shepard Luna. Now let me tell you this 18lb Luna takes on Koda and seriously gives him a run for his money.

    As for toys, K and H have oh a rough estimate would be 11billion and will play with them once in a while. As they are usually in the wrestle chase play mode. But now that the puppy comes Luna has it ohhhhh the king of the castle wants it. He’s the biggest baby if he can’t get the what ever you away from the puppy.
    Funniest thing. 6 yr old Sibe pouting over a 13 wk old puppy lol
    Hugs Thundering Herd
    Koda Hazel and Sue (and Baby Luna too as she raced past me)

  4. All Things Collie on February 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I loved this post, it had me chuckling, because I see same behaviors with my collie gang. 🙂

  5. carolyn on February 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Oh that is hilarious, Frankie Fans pulled through!

    Also, I swear since I’ve been following you guys, this is the snowiest winter. Love all the snow pics! Sigh, none for us this year, it appears.

    • The Thundering Herd on February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      We are well below normal in snow this year, though the last few weeks have been fairly typical with snow showers, snow flurries, or just plain snow about every other day.

      Normally, we see our first snow in late October or early November, but we were a couple of months late before anything really fell.

      The funny part around here is how different the weather can be just a few miles away. We woke up to about 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground yesterday morning, but when we drove down into the valley just a couple of miles away, they had no snow on the ground at all.

  6. Mom, Ice'n Ebby on February 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Mom sez: Ty sounds a lot like our Ebby. Doesn’t matter what Ice has, she has to have a “bigger and better” one. And she’s also a hoarder. And, like Cheoah, Ice just gives in and lets her have it.

  7. Lori on February 18, 2016 at 8:37 am

    That’s a fine stick Ty! You did a good job finding it!

  8. Melon on February 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Love the tale of the sticks, and how exciting that Valentines are still pouring in! I can still clearly remember Frankie’s “You like me. You really like me!” from the first year (I don’t think I was around but I’ve caught up) so I was missing a cute post with the winner and their Valentines! Looks like I might still get one when all is done… if they ever stop coming in!

  9. Vincent Porrazzo on February 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Cute story.
    Just like my pups: You have a treat that I don’t like? OK, Now I want it! I love Sibe play.

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