Our Ever Vigilant Chief of Security

Miss Kiska, our Chief of Security, is ever vigilant about threats to our home. Just last night, she called a security alert for rustling in the woods.

Tail is at full fluffy - a high alert.

Tail is at full fluffy – a high alert.

As usual, Hu-Dad was clueless that a threat even existed. He was chatting with Miss Kiska when she turned, stared into the woods, and then raced to the fence line to express her displeasure. Her sharp retorts caught something’s attention and Hu-Dad heard the crashing in the brush of something fleeing.

Even the Big White Fluffy responded to the security alert.

Even the Big White Fluffy responded to the security alert.

Unfortunately, Hu-Dad has no photographs of our intruder nor even a clue as to what it was. Miss Kiska’s serious look was all he needed to know that the threat was real. Fortunately, her bluster chased it away and our world was quiet again.

Nothing gets close to my yard without a good yelling.

Nothing gets close to my yard without a good yelling.


  1. Ann on January 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Forgot to ask in my last post. When I receive your email each day, it doesn’t display as it use to. Now it is just words and I have to find a link to your page to click on. Any suggestions? I checked with my cable co. They can find no problem. Thanks

    • The Thundering Herd on January 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Our apologies for the change in your email. Probably some husky fur clogging the email system up.

      Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for you. We have made no changes in the email template. And Hu-Dad receives the email himself every morning and it looks exactly the same.

      Two possibilities we can think of:

      1) Perhaps your email software thinks our email is spam (Egads!). Email software often automatically blocks all images and formatting from an email it thinks it is spam. If so, marking us as “not spam” for a couple of days might solve the problem.

      2) If other email is also coming to you in the same way, you may have a setting in your email software to not display html code (the formatting and images).

      Outside of that, we can’t think of anything (unless your email provider is stripping the format, but they have already said they aren’t).

  2. Ann on January 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Kiska is the best. Sib Quentin will always be safe with her watching over her realm and with backup from Qannik. I’ve been wondering how the hu-dad keeps all six of the munchkins clean enough to come into the house each night, especially the ones who love to play in the mud? Blowing coat…my my my, what memories that brings back. But if my Two could come home, I wouldn’t care if he blew his coat every day. I miss him so terribly and I always will. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

  3. Lori on January 5, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Saved yet again by the best security chief ever!!! Good back-up Qannik!! What a great team!!

  4. Jerry G-Pa Owens on January 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    What ever it was our Randi and Chloe was on high alert ????also. GREAT job gang!!!

  5. Hokie Pack on January 5, 2017 at 6:23 am

    How is Kiska doing without the Queen?

    • The Thundering Herd on January 5, 2017 at 6:34 am

      She has adjusted fairly well. Fortunately, she has Qannik as her pal.

  6. Vincent Porrazzo on January 5, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Good job, Kishka. You too Q-tip.
    I am in the process of Sibe-proofing my fence here in Micronesia so when my furkids get here there won’t be a problem. The current cheap Chinese-made poorly galvanized wire just won’t do.

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