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All of us here at Chez Herd wish a very Happy 13th Birthday to Queen Natasha the Evil, who has been our fearless leader for a decade.
Miss Natasha has certainly had her challenges in the last few years – TPLO surgery to repair her CCL – surgery to remove a 1.95 pound cancerous mass from her liver – and arthritis. Yet, despite it all, she remains happy, healthy and enjoying life as she celebrates her 13th birthday. And she remains very much in charge of The Herd just like she has been for the last decade since the passing of her “Mama Bear,” Queen Nikita.
For those who are curious, the “Evil” part of her nickname came from her early years as the leader of The Herd. Being so young, she didn’t rule with the quiet benevolence of the older Nikita. Instead, Natasha was constantly up to mean stunts.
For example, she once grabbed a sleeping Rusty the Rooster by the neck as he slept on the couch – and pulled him off of the couch. Rusty had the look of Wile E. Coyote as he realized that he was about to crash to earth. QNTE just kept walking like nothing had happened.
Another time, she used her speed in a game of chase to get way in front of everyone else, raced through the dog door, and then threw her body against the dog door blocking everyone else’s path. We had a massive Siberian pile up occur as the other dogs hit the door at full speed.
But the “Evil” has served her well as no one dares cross her path today – not even a very young Little Prince – whom she adores.
Not that we want to reveal her soft side, but you should be aware that the nickname Hu-Dad calls her every day is the same one she had as a pup – “Baby Bear.”
And so we wish our Queen the happiest of birthdays today. And, since it is Film Friday, we decided to shoot a video of the Queen in the yard yesterday evening.
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