Walking With A Really Big Cotton Ball

We joke all of the time about Qannik’s cottony qualities, but yesterday’s walk in the park included a really big Cotton ball that made Q-Tip look tiny.



For a number of years in a row, we spent New Year’s Eve RVing at the beach. Some friends visited Asheville most every year on New Year’s Eve. so we never got to meet up with them. We finally broke that streak yesterday by taking a quite chilly walk in Carrier Park with Cotton and his human.

As an Alaskan Malamute, Cotton is about the size of three of us, but he’s a fellow Northern Breed, so we were quite excited to meet him. So excited that we yelled and squealed a lot. And Cotton yelled and squealed a lot. Hu-Dad was glad that it was cold enough that very few people were in the park, because we did make a collective racket!

Play bows

Play bows

Miss Kiska might be the oldest member of The Herd, but she went along for the walk. And something interesting about our Chief of Security – she has a weakness for the good lookers. She was flirting and playbowing with Cotton. Cotton may have thought he was chatting with a Siberian Husky, but Kiska might have been playing Cougar.

Kiska got him play bowing back!

Kiska got him play bowing back!

With the seniors along, we kept the walk quite short but had a great time visiting.

One last picture before we close out today, but it takes a bit of explanation. Typhoon has always had a taste for Hu-Dad’s ice tea and tries to steal a drink. When Hu-Dad got out of the Jeep for a few minutes, he placed the tea glass on the front dash, well out of Typhoon’s reach. Or so he thought, because when Hu-Dad returned to the Jeep, he found this:

Someone snootered some tea.

Someone snootered some tea.

Amazingly, not a drop of ice tea was spilled.

P.S. – Happy New Year!


  1. Dennis the Vizsla on January 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay that shoor is a big fluffy dog wot miss kiska wuz flirting with!!! sertified for ten below i bet!!! happy twenny ate teen to yoo!!! ok bye

  2. Tonya Rogers on January 2, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Happy New Year to you and The Herd! Love Cotton! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with him on 2 occasions and are planning to see him and his hu-Mom and Dad in a few weeks! He is related to our Malamute Bandit.

  3. Tonya Rogers on January 2, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Love Cotton! We are owned by his cousin Bandit “Iron Man” and we have met up with Cotton and his hu Mom Patty twice and are planning a visit to Virginia in a few weeks to see them. He is a sweet boy, full of energy!

  4. Laura Yager on January 1, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Kiska thanks for representing us “older” gals. We may not be 20 or 30 anymore, but we still appreciate beauty. Nice bow girl, you know how to show ’em! Cotton is one handsome guy! Sounds like he’s pretty popular also. I have a feeling Hu dad will be going on a lot of walks……

  5. The Ao4 on January 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Our mom is so jealous that you all got to meet Cotton and his people!!! Of course, she’s also jealous that Cotton and his people got to meet all of you and your people … funny how that works!
    We love that Kiska was flirting!

  6. Jan on January 1, 2018 at 11:43 am

    ˚Happy New Year * Joy to all! ♫•*¨* Peace on Earth ♪♫•*¨*

  7. Juno's mom on January 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

    How fun!

  8. carolyn Rogers on January 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I have always loved Cotton! So glad he and Kiska have a new love budding. LOLOL!!!

    And oh Typhoon… the question is, did you drink the tea still? C’mon, confess… you did didn’t you.

    • The Thundering Herd on January 1, 2018 at 11:44 am

      But, of course. Hu-Dad has no fear of dog cooties.

  9. Lori on January 1, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Miss Kiska and Cotton are adorable!!!! And Typhoon you’re a very talented iced tea sipper! Happy New Year beautiful Herd ❤️

  10. Khyra and Sometimes Her Mom on January 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I SO know khougar!

    Must be the fluffy tail part of us – we KNOW when to use our CHARM!

    PeeEssWoo: TOTES JELLY here!

  11. Alyssa Nantt on January 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    The Speidels are good friends of mine and I’m glad you had the opportunity to meet up! Happy New Year!

  12. Hokie Pack on January 1, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Great picture of Ms Kiska flirting! She still has it! Cotton is so handsome!

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