Saturday, October 25, 2014

The World's Most Interesting Siberian

Greetings to all.  It's me - Maggie. I don't always post this late in the day ...

"I don't always post this late in the day ..."

... but when I do, it's my mom's fault.

No, seriously!  Sorry to be so late! We'll share the photos Cam promised we'd put up tomorrow - OK?  Blame our mom. Something about the lake, fog, cool birdies, lots of photos, blah, blah, and blah.

Catch you tomorrow!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, October 24, 2014

Oh. My. CATS!!!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Mom took some great pictures of Mags and me on the Hudson Trail this morning, looking all Autumn-y and all, but those are going to have to wait until tomorrow.  Why?  Because of what we saw when we were almost home.  Brace yourself, pups!  In fact, you better sit down!  Are you ready?

There we were, just calmly walking down the road, when ...

"CATS!!!!!!!!  Giant CATS!!!!!!!!"

They were HUGE!  And they were staring RIGHT at us!  Look at the size of the claws on those things!

I buffed an alert - and Maggie stopped right in her tracks!

"Great Dane in the morning!!!  Well, no ... they're even bigger than a Great Dane ..."

It was WILD! Not only were they staring at us, but they MOVED! Their heads went back and forth, following every move Mags and I made!

"Ba woo!  Boooo!  Ba wooooo!"

The giant cats must have really scared our mom, because she started laughing hysterically.  I've heard some bipeds respond to highly dangerous situations that way.  There were people in the garage who came out to see what was going on, and for some reason they started laughing, too.  Maggie and I figured they must have been reacting to the sight of those giant cats, too, so we continued to tell the cats to stay away!  (Mom asked the people if she could take pictures, in between laughing fits.  Sometimes I worry about her.)

Anyway, we were pretty certain we had made sure the giant cats knew not to mess with us and our Mom, so we continued on our way.  When we reached Ao4 Headquarters, we checked the area to see if they were waiting there to ambush us or something.

"Does Ao4 HQ looks safe, Cam?"
"Yep!  Squared away, Peeps!  Those giant cats won't mess with US!"

Whew! We'll stay on alert, just in case, but for now ... we're OK. Heads up to all of you, though: There are giant cats on the prowl! Beware!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Grilling Help

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Mom went out on the deck yesterday and invited Maggie and me to go with her.  I thought we were just going to go hang out and soak up some afternoon sunshine ...

"WAIT!  What's that?!?"

... but there was much more to it! Mom brought out some chicken she had been marinating and opened up the grill!

I settled in to stand guard over her, when ...

"Hey, Cammie.  Whatcha doing?"
"Stop right there, little one!"

Maggie still doesn't know to stay away from a hot grill, so I made sure to remind her!

"BOOM back at cha!"

We amused ourselves in play for a while, until we saw someone walking down on the road behind our house.  We did what all good Siberians would do - we stared!

"Do we know them?"
"Shouldn't the question be 'do they know us?'?"

Mom said we did a really good job and that we weren't just great guard pups, that we were great company, as well. We thought that should mean only ONE thing, right?

"I do believe we've earned some chicken, Mom!"
"Yeah, Mom!  Pony up!"

What about all of you?  Do you help your bipeds grill, too?  It's hard work, but the payoff is mighty tasty!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parade? What Parade?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I forgot to tell you something.  On one of our walks over the weekend, I saw this cool sign.


I waited quite a while, but I never did see a parade go by. Isn't that odd?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, October 20, 2014

Only Because Mom Had Treats

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Us girls took Mom on a nice, long walk yesterday morning, as Maggie showed you.  Because it was such a lovely day, we decided to take a walk after lunch, too - and took both Mom and Dad along!  Maggie and I had a lovely time.  Mom brought the good camera along and shot some portraits of us.  We cooperated ... but, as the title of this post says, only because Mom had treats!

Our first stop for photos was the Kansas Ocean:

Maggie and me at the KSO

Mom asked Maggie to smile, and since she had those treats showing, we gave her this:

All smiles at the ocean!

That made Mom pretty happy!

Our next stop was beside one of our favorite meadows:

Me and Mags in the meadow

Kind of artsy, with me in focus and Maggie blurred a bit, don't you think? Here's another one:

Meadow shot, take #2

Our last stop was in a little courtyard at Grand Mère Village, AKA the Giant's Castle. Dad had a seat and us girls posed by him:

Me, Mags, and Dad.
Dad is the tall one in the back row.

We got treats for that, but Dad didn't. I'm not sure why. He was sitting and smiling and everything. I think Dad should file a grievance with Mom.

Anyway, I hope you like our portraits! Our other treat was getting in over 4 1/2 miles. For those who may be wondering, no, Maggie wasn't one single bit tired. Mom was, though.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday!  Cam and I took Mom on a lovely walk this morning, and we thought the scenes we saw might help you feel nice and serene!  Are you ready to go?  I'll try to keep the chit-chat to a minimum.

The first thing of note was our sunrise.


That was actually a little earlier in the day.  We saw that, then had breakfast.

Anyway ... we went down this street...

Me and Cam

... then up the hill!

Cam and me

It's the same hill we walked up when we went to the park the other day! When we got to the entrance to the Hudson Trail, I posed on the rocks, while Cammie sat patiently:


Sorry about my leash on Cam's nose. Ha roo roo roo!

Anyway, today, we got to go down the trail!!! I zigged to the left:

Cam and me

And I zagged to the right:

Me and Cam

Cammie calmly walks in a straight line. Is it just me, or is that odd?

Anyway -- we got to the entrance to the next part of the trail, and I asked if we could go down there.  Mom said, "YES!"

"Can we?  Please?"

It was great! For some reason, I got put on a short leash, while Cam was given plenty of slack.

Cam and me

I have no idea what that was all about.

Here's an un-related photo.  No, really.  No relation to anything.  Look just off-center.

See the squirrel?

We got to walk yet another segment of the trail, too!!! Here's a nice shot of Cam:

"Hello, everyone!"

I ... was still on a short leash. I promised Mom I wouldn't pull as hard, and she let up.

"Check those trees, Cam!  There are bound to be more squirrels up there!"
"Oh, Mags!"

At the end of that part of the trail, we turned up one of the streets. I struck a pose at my favorite corner:

Me, Margaret Thatcher, at the corner of Churchill and Churchill!

Cammie has a favorite hill she likes to walk up. Today, rather than walking up it, we walked down it - which Mom said is much more serene. Here's our view going down:


When we got to the bottom, Mom thought she heard geese honking, so we took a detour and walked over to the Kansas Ocean.

Me and Cam at the KSO

If you look very closely, you can see geese swimming in the ocean! After we left, they took flight - and flew right over us! It was really cool!

I hope you feel nice and serene now! Have a wonderful afternoon!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher