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Missing Snow Report

January 21, 2022 |

Landon has enjoyed his perch high above the yard during this week’s snowy weather, but a spell of warm temperatures and bright sunshine have caused a wee problem. The tarp covered dirt is waiting completion of our backyard project (which is on hold during the inclement weather), but Landon says it should stayed buried. (For more photos of Landon using his mountain, click the link)

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Must Have The Precious

January 20, 2022 |

With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien (whom the Hu-Dad read many years ago as a wee lad), the character of Gollum and his precious ring popped to mind as we watched Typhoon hoard his favorite possession from snowstorms—ice. He roots through the yard, breaks off chunks, and piles them to chew. We think the side-eye warning to stay away from his precious ice sums it up perfectly.

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Snow Buddies

January 18, 2022 |

While the humans worked to clear the driveway of our estimated ten inches of snow, we played. And played. And played. And if you want to play in wintry weather, you need snow buddies like Roscoe and Typhoon. (Bonus photo on the website, so click the link to see Landon’s response to the Hu-Dad’s question).

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The Case Of The Disappearing Yard

January 16, 2022 |

With predictions of an impending snowfall Sunday and cold temperatures for days resulting in a slow melt, our construction workers made a desperate effort to cover their work area. They need to start placing pavers, but that can’t be done in muddy conditions. Will it work? Who knows? But the tarps have created a slight challenge for us which we’ve labeled the case of the disappearing yard. P.S.—Our Hu-Dad reminds us that plenty of exposed yard exists for us, but we still like to gripe about this part.

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Royal Outrage

January 15, 2022 |

After spending the last two winters living in Murrells Inlet SC where the chance of snow is minimal, we’ve been looking forward to a return to the white, fluffy stuff. We had a dusting just over a week ago, but it barely counted and our Little Prince is in a royal outrage. This week, the prognosticators thought we might get some Friday morning. We woke up, ran out to the yard, and found… nothing. Hu-Dad is muttering something about we are about to get our wishes, but we’re beginning to doubt him. (We are under a Winter Storm Warning for 6-10 inches here in Asheville and much more in the higher elevations around us).

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Always One In A Family Portrait

January 14, 2022 |

A chance like this doesn’t present itself very often. Everyone together and behaving. No siblings poking at each other or instigating games. You whip out the phone, ask them to look at the camera, and take the photo before things fall apart. Only later do you discover the first rule—there is always one in a family portrait. (If you’ve ever wanted everyone’s name in a single shot, click the link for details).

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A Big Step Forward

January 13, 2022 |

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been through bulldozing and mountain building with dirt. Mostly, we’ve had lots and lots of fun with mud (though the humans seem less amused than us). Yesterday, though, we took a big step forward when the steps to our backdoor were delivered. They are a big improvement over the old wood ones, which were rotting anyway and needed replacing.

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Brave Dogs (Mostly)

January 11, 2022 |

Our ancestors were pulling sleds across the tundra of Siberia, dealing with harsh weather and constant danger. When we came across a fallen tree blocking our trail, the genetic material kicked into gear and we faced the obstacle as the brave dogs that we are. Well, three out of four of us did. Guess who balked? Click the link to find out.

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Infiltrator Among The Herd

January 9, 2022 |

Hu-Dad finds this funny. He chuckled all the way home. He’s laughing right now as he types. We don’t see how it’s funny at all, but we will let you be the judge. During our morning walk, an attempted infiltrator lurked just off the trail. The disguise was so good, so crafty, so devious that we were oblivious to the danger. Hu-Dad claims he captured this photo while we walked along our merry way just a few feet from this threat, but it can’t be true. We mighty hunters—cousins to wild wolves—would never miss something like this. Right?

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Space Wars

January 8, 2022 |

His Royal Highness Little Prince Typhoon Phooey has many rules about how the humans and other canines are to give him deference. Yesterday’s discussion centered around space wars—not the intergalactic kind but who has the claim over the space under the desk. Silly Hu-Dad believes he should be able to put his feet there, but Typhoon knows it makes the perfect cave for an afternoon nap. It’s so hard being royal and others don’t respect your obvious superiority.

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Threat Assessment

January 7, 2022 |

We had a surprise visitor in our house yesterday and Landon handled threat assessment. So why was it a surprise? This one takes a little explanation, so you’ll need to click the link for details.

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Snow Diet

January 6, 2022 |

December was unseasonably warm here with almost no hint of wintry weather. Our first forecasted snow came earlier this week with predictions from a dusting, to a few inches, to nearly a foot. Let’s call the actual result disappointing. We had maybe an inch or so of snow, but with the warm ground, it struggled to accumulate anywhere except shady areas. His Royal Highness Little Prince Typhoon Phooey might be a picky eater, but he loves munching away on some snow. As little as we got, he ate everything he could find as part of his snow diet.

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