Threat Assessment

We Siberian Huskies may not be the best security dogs, but we do believe firmly in performing threat assessment of any visitors to Chez Herd.

Boom Boom keeping a very close eye of our visitor - threat assessment
Boom Boom keeping a very close eye of our visitor

Yesterday began like so many with a nice, leisurely walk along the greenway in our neighborhood. About a mile in, our Hu-Dad stopped, grabbed his phone, and checked the calendar. He muttered something (this is a family-friendly blog, so we will leave the exact words to your imagination) and said we needed to go back to the house right now.

Why, you ask? Seems the Hu-Dad, being the old and forgetful person he is, failed to remember that we had a workman coming to the house. Like so many other things in these crazy times, we had been waiting on this person for months, so we knew if he left, it would be months before he came again.

A couple details to make this story more fun. Hu-Dad realized this six minutes AFTER the scheduled time for the man’s arrival. And we were a mile from the house.

Fortunately, the contractor was running a few minutes late, but we had only closed about half the distance home when our doorbell rang. The doorbell rings Hu-Dad’s phone, so Hu-Dad was able to explain the situation over the intercom. Thankfully, the man waited for us to run home.

Landon and Roscoe loved running home. Typhoon thought it was beneath his royal honor to exert himself, sort of the same reaction he had the one and only time Hu-Dad put him in a harness and suggested he try pulling a sled. The royal scowl prevented a second attempt at that little game. Frankie, of course, believes a senior dog should be able to amble.

The humans, for the record, were huffing and puffing by the time we arrived home.

Now for the ultimate indignity—Hu-Dad decided that the man would work better without our help. Seriously. Something about he didn’t need our expert opinion or assistance with his tools. We were forced to supervise through the glass doors of the study. Well, Landon supervised. The rest of us snoozervised. Our super threat assessment skills determined that napping was an appropriate response.

The work was finally done (well, most of it—the follow up appointment is in March). He probably would have finished if we had been allowed to assist.

And Hu-Dad promises to check his calendar more faithfully.


  1. chris on January 8, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    And I am wondering why one of you could not have stayed with the dogs going slower (especially for older dogs) and the other huffed and puffed home?

  2. tammyj on January 7, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I’m not laughing at you Hu Dad. well… maybe.
    but it just added Sibe joy to my day!..
    as it always does! XO

  3. Debbie & Miss Ruby on January 7, 2022 at 10:05 am

    We all know how difficult it is to get ANY work done around the house in these times!! It was fun picturing humans and dogs getting home in time to supervise.

  4. HokiePack on January 7, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I can see it now ! Boom and Roscoe pulling the huffing & puffing Hu-Dad and Hu-Dad pulling the Prince and the rambling Frankie. Oh what a photo op!

  5. Jean Burkhardt on January 7, 2022 at 7:19 am

    HU-Dad I am laughing BUT not because the humans huffing and puffing but the different reactions from the dogs. Typhoon refusing to hurry up his royal butt-Frankie taking his senior time and Landon and Roscoe enjoying the running!! I’m glad you made it home for the work to be done(almost done).

    I cannot understand WHY you won’t let them supervise????

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