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Dog Wash

One of the great parts about Siberian Huskies is that they are almost cat-like in keeping themselves clean.  They do not have that dog smell and do a good job of cleaning themselves up when they get dirty (and they do love getting dirty).  But every now and then, they need a little help. While…
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The Herd’s fame continues to spread

When I got the call that the Herd had been pictured in the local paper, I was a little stunned to discover it was not in the arrest section or with Wanted above the picture. Nope. My local paper, The Mountaineer, ran an article about the local animal rescue’s fundraiser.  Sarge’s Animal Rescue Fund has…
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Slumber Party

See anything wrong with this picture? No, the large black and white guy is not an addition.  That is Tartok, my mother’s Siberian.  She is out of town for the weekend and we are keeping him for a day and night so that he does not have to be kenneled. Now the first rule of thumb…
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Sam Knob

Out hiking for the day, so we hit a couple of trails.  One was Sam Knob.  If you remember from previous pictures, here is Sam Knob (the larger knob on the right) as seen from Devil’s Courthouse. From the start of the hike, you can not see the knob, but later you come out to…
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Nakita update

Our vet called today to let us know that Nakita is going back home. If you remember, Nakita was the 2 year old female who had pulled her elderly owner down and given him a concussion.  My vet had introduced me to her last week in the chance that I might be willing to give…
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Is it spring yet?

As I mentioned in my Saturday post, we found some small patches of snow when out hiking over the weekend. Last night, some pretty strong storms rolled through the area and the temperatures started dropping.  At about 9 pm, the temperature was 38 degrees and the wind was a steady 30 mph – chilly weather. This morning,…
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Queen Natasha demands breakfast

All I ask for in the morning is a few minutes to wake up. Get up, toss the dogs outside, and wait until the howling and singing becomes too loud to ignore before I go feed them breakfast. But this upsets her highness, Queen Natasha the Evil.  From the middle window, she can stare up…
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Snow in May / Nakita Part II

Rainy and chilly a couple of times this week, but certainly not wintry – at least I thought.  We went out this morning for a quick hike on Waterrock Knob (the closest Parkway trail to the house) prior to meeting some friends in Waynesville.  Much to our surprise, there were patches of snow along the…
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Rusty and The Vet

Nothing wrong – just a check up – but Rusty got to go to the vet today.  Here is Rusty surrounded by Kodiak and Natasha. First challenge is that the Rooster (aka Rusty) does not like being by himself.  Oh, he is fine sleeping in his own spot or even staying in bed when everyone…
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Sunday Travels – Part 3

Continued from yesterday . . . Finished with the Devil, we move on down the road to Richland Balsam.  As I have mentioned before, this is a great little hike primarily because so few people hike it.  I rarely run into others on the trail and the dogs love all of closeness of the trails…
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Sunday Travels – Part 2

Continued from yesterday’s post . . . After a quiet lunch and a couple of errands, we headed up toward’s Devil’s Courthouse (named by the Cherokee because a cave in the mountain is where Judaculla, a fierce giant who ruled the Balsam Mountain area, held court. Note that the next hike I will talk about,…
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Qannik and Kodiak

Sunday travels

We did a lot of hiking on Sunday, so this may take a couple of days, but wanted to share some pictures with you.  We started out our morning hiking up Waterrock Knob.  Unlike yesterday, it was a beautiful, clear day so the view was pretty good (though hazy – that is why it is…
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