Early Christmas Present

What do you get a Herd of Siberian Huskies who have everything? You get them the bestest thing in the whole wide world – a pile of dirt!

You shouldn't have, Hu-Dad. You really, really shouldn't have. - early Christmas present
You shouldn’t have, Hu-Dad. You really, really shouldn’t have.

Hu-Dad would describe our Christmas present as a backyard oasis with an outdoor fireplace and a pavilion. By the spring, it might look like that. For now, though, the work crews have leveled out the backyard in preparation and created a dirt mountain.

My very own dirt mountain.
I, Landon L. Bandon, claim this mountain as my own
I, Landon L. Bandon, claim this mountain as my own with a little liquid Boom Boom

All that dirt came from somewhere, and that has created the flattest, muddiest race track that is already being well used.

You can really dig your paws deep into this dirt.
You can really dig your paws deep into this dirt.

In case you think this is great, wait until it starts raining—which it will do today! Yes, today! Probably while you are reading this blog, rain will be falling. Imagine the fun!

So much red mud!
So much red mud!

And not just a big field of dirt. Oh, no, that wouldn’t be enough fun. What we really need are some deep holes to catch the water and let it pool. Post holes for the foundation footers would be perfect! Wouldn’t that be neat?

Hello? Hello? Hello?
Hello? Hello? Hello?

Now you might think the entire family is excited about this particular project, but one member of The Herd is questioning Hu-Dad’s logic (as he suspects many of you might be):

Really, Hu-Dad, you shouldn't have.
Really, Hu-Dad, you shouldn’t have.

P.S. – For some odd reason, a huge pile of old towels have been stacked by the back door. Some nonsense about the mud is supposed to remain outside. Ha!


  1. Rachel Churchill on December 18, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! Pack must have been “extra nice” this year…ha ha ha!

  2. Patty I Markiewicz on December 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I, Landon L. Bandon is cracking me up!

  3. tammyj on December 18, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Love It! ….
    oops. you can see that common sense actually clocked in. but still…
    what Red Mud Excitement is to come! good luck! XOXO

  4. Padma Bending on December 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Oh hu-dad, you shouldn’t have. What a wonderful present for The Herd. And when some snow mixes in … pure delight for these boys. I am looking forward to mud-slimed dog photos.

  5. Hokie Pack on December 18, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Oh my dog heaven!!! Good luck with the red clay dirt! We have to use a water dish to dip paws in just to get them clean!! Of course I am sure Hu-Dad has something fancy to clean paws!!!

  6. Juno's mom on December 18, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Doggies and dirt. What fun!
    (It’s going to feel like a long time before Spring arrives.) 🙁

  7. Billie Borron on December 18, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Oh my! The Herd looks so happy! New adventures! Good luck hu-dad with the clean up!

  8. Lilian on December 18, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Many thank Hu-Dad!!!!, it’s the best christmas present,ever!!!, well, maybe if you can add some snow, it would be fantastic….

  9. Kiersten on December 18, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Brilliant, can’t wait for the follow up posts 🙂

  10. Marilyn on December 18, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Hysterical they are bounding around with unbridled glee. Good luck with the towel idea lol

  11. Sea Wolf on December 18, 2021 at 7:31 am

    Lol! Videos are requested. That red clay dirt will be exceptionally slippery and slidey under feety feets on zoomie turns after a good rain.

  12. mary michaud on December 18, 2021 at 7:12 am

    I think that this is the happiest I have ever seen the boys, wow a place to run up hills and dig big holes. Husky Heaven

  13. Jean Burkhardt on December 18, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Hu-Dad-I’m SURE Landon and all the herd THINK those towels will be of no use BUT we know better!!!! Muddy paws-legs and bodies is such FUN to clean up!!!

  14. Kathye S. on December 18, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Oh Hu-Dad….you really shouldn’t have!! Just remember to not turn into the mud Grinch….the Grinch is in your front yard…not the back.

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