Happy 13th Birthday, Queen Natasha

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.

Our very first picture of Princess Natasha at eight weeks old - the look says it all.

Our very first picture of Princess Natasha at eight weeks old – the look says it all.

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.

It's good to be Queen!

It’s good to be Queen!

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.

Still leading The Herd.

Still leading The Herd.

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.


  1. Rebekah on June 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Happy belated birthday, beautiful queen!

  2. Laura Yager on June 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Happy birthday beautiful Queen Natasha. May your kingdom be quiet and peaceful today as your subjects honor you I hope you get whatever you’re wishing for, and more. Keep ruling with a strong paw and a gentle heart.

  3. Dennis the Vizsla on June 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    hello queen natasha its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted birthday and menny happy reeterns!!! may yore rool kontinyoo for yeerz to come!!! ok bye

  4. Lizzy on June 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

    All hail the Queen. Who wouldn’t love you and your antics? You are truly one of a kind and completely irresistible. My family and friends think that we are so alike – bossy, busybodies who needs to lead their pack and really opinionated/wilful. Thank you for making me laugh QNTE and understand more about myself.

    PS. I love how Hu-dad calls you ‘Baby bear’ even when you’re anything but that.

  5. May Miura on June 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

    A very happy birthday wish to the Queen!! All hail the Queen on this royal day! Birthday wishes from the royal Queen in our home.

  6. Mom, Ice'n Ebby on June 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Mom, Ice”n Ebby all say: HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY, ‘Tasha, from all of us up here in Dawson Creek BC Canada. May your reign continue for a long time to come!

  7. The Ao4 on June 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Happy birthday, Queen Natasha! Mags and I will eat cantaloupe in your honor later on today!

  8. Ann on June 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Happy Birthday, Natasha. I love your antics, especially the one of you racing to the dog door thus causing a pile up of the others. So funny. Hope you have a beautiful, wonderful day. Enjoy every minute with your sibs, your family.

  9. Susan McManus on June 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Long live the Queen! Happy birthday, Queen Natasha! May you get extra ear scratches, treats, royal biddings, and all of your heart’s desires.

  10. Zoe on June 10, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Happy Birthday your royal highness
    May your days continue to be happy and healthy
    May you continue to keep Hu-dad on his toes
    May you rule with an iron paw and a soft smile
    And thank you for sharing your reign with us
    Long Live The Queen

  11. Juno's mom on June 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    May the queen rule long and happily.

  12. Lori on June 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday Queen Natasha!!! I hope it is a day of wonders and love and hugs and kisses and goodies!!! ❤️????????????

  13. Jane Niederstadt on June 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday Natasha. I hope for many more years of ruling the herd. Have a fantastic day. I hope you also receive lots of love and hugs and presents. A great big hug and kiss to you Natasha and hugs and kisses to the herd.

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