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Walking With A Really Big Cotton Ball

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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!

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13 thoughts on “Walking With A Really Big Cotton Ball

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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. 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!

  6. 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.

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