Friday, March 06, 2015


Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie, here with Maggie.  Today, we are celebrating the 3,000th blog post here at the Army of Four Digest!  Can you believe it!??!  Our great sisters and great brothers, Storms, Ammy, Zim, and Davy started this blog back in September of 2006!

They kept their first post simple, posting an introductory photo of themselves ---

Stormy and Dave in the front,
Zimmie and Amber in the back

While many things have changed here at Ao4 Headquarters over the years, some things have not.

Me (Cam) and Maggie

We celebrate the many happy memories and wonderful adventures shared throughout the years. On to the next 3,000!


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Nothing To See Here

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  I'm just hanging out in the breakfast room.

"Ah, c'mon, Cammie!  PLEASE?!?"
"Oh. That might not be the ONLY thing I'm doing." 

"Just let me see it for a MINUTE!!!"
"No can do, little one."

Yeah, and there's a chance I had a "for Cammie only" toy.  I'm not the one who made that rule.

Are there things you're allowed to play with that your little sister or brother might destroy in a matter of seconds?


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Thank You, Friends!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Yesterday, Cam and I got TWO packages in the mail and we can't wait to tell you all about them - and to thank our special friends!

The first package was from our friends who constitute The Thundering Herd!  Remember the Valentine I sent to Typhoon?  I was honored to have Frankie choose my Valentine; Cammie and I won the gift basket they were giving away!!!  It was one of the special packages that arrived yesterday!

"It's so wonderful, you guys!"
"Thank you so much, everyone!"

It's a gift basket full of wonderful treats made by a bakery right there in North Carolina! AND a huge chew bone and some wonderful-smelling shampoo! (Mom says that last gift will come in handy once we get past our muddy season -- I have no idea what she means by that!) Anyway - look at how special everything is:


We've tried one of the little peanut butter/banana treats already and oh, my! Are they tasty!!!

The gift basket also came with a big bow around it and ...

"Better be quick, Mom!"

Fine.  I let Mom snap one photo, then did what the vast majority of Siberian Huskies would do:

"What?!?  I'm sure Typhoon would have done the VERY same thing!!!"

Seriously.  There's a reason I sent the Valentine to Typhoon - and I think he would back what I did with that ribbon 100%!

Many, many thanks to all of The Thundering Herd, to their hu-dad, and to the Smokey Mountain Dog Bakery!  And congrats again on such a successful fund-raiser for Sarge's Animal Rescue!

Then Mom said that wasn't all - that Cam and I got another package!  As soon as I saw who it was from, I loved it!

"It's from Goose!  I just LOVE it!!!"

An envelope from Goose! Can you believe that?!?!  He is so kind!  We opened it up and Mom took a shot of us girls:

Me and Cammie!

Oh, Goose!  We just love it!  You and your MOM are so special!  Thank you so much!!!

It just so happened we saw something earlier in the day that made us think of you -- this sweet Mallard couple!

"Do I have algae on my bill?"
"Yes.  And it's beautiful!"

We think of you, Goose, whenever we see Mallards - we know you and your MOM love them!  They - and YOU - are beautiful!

Thank you to all of our dear friends!  We feel so blessed!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, March 02, 2015


Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Remember a few days ago, before the rearranging and the snow and all?  I was going to show you what I do when Mom gets out the vacuum.  I'm normally very helpful, but there are times when I need a bit more than the "Thanks, Maggie" reward.  Like the other day ...

"Aw, c'mon, Mom.  Cord management?!?"

I know when she's using the Oreck with attachments!  And she knows what I want!

I followed her into the bedroom and hopped up onto the bed to supervise from there.

"Yeah, Mom.  Nice job.  You're all--wait.  Does that look on your face mean what I think it does?!?"

The look on her face gave me hope!  She and I both knew what I wanted ... and it looked like she was ready to deliver!  Check the video:

If the vid won't play, please click here to view.

Sweet bliss!

"Oooooh, yeah, Mom!  Right ... there!"

Are any of you fans of the vac like I am?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with this week's Serene Scenery Sunday post.  This morning, we took a little drive out to Tuttle Creek State Park to do our walk -- there are chemicals all over the roads here (snow melting stuff) and Dad thought we could get a better, safer, longer walk in at the park.  Sounded great to me!  Who wants to go?!!?

We parked by the River Pond. Here is Cam right after she got out of the vehicle:

"Chemical-free packed snow - this is beautiful!"

No chemicals on these roads - we could go anywhere we wanted to!

We walked up the path between the River Pond and Willow Lake then continued to our favorite trail -- Eagle Pass!

"This has 'Serene Scenery Sunday' written all over it!"

Do I look ready to go?!!? It was so great out there!

"Look at how beautiful this is, Cam!"
"It's perfection!"

We walked quietly together, just taking in the beauty of this snowy sanctuary.


"Walk carefully, walk prayerfully,
Let no harsh sound debase
The deep cathedral quiet
Of this holy wooded place..." *

We hiked to the end of the Eagle Pass Trail, then took the road back around to where we'd left the vehicle.

Me and Cam again

It was such a beautiful, peaceful walk!

"So tell me ... do you feel serene now?"

"I sure do, Mags!  That was a beautiful walk!"

"I do, too!"

I hope all of you do, too!  Have a wonderful Sunday.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  *verse from "Walk in the Woods", a poem by H.L. Marshall.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Great News!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  I was going to let Maggie post today - either to show you a video of Mom vacuuming her or to show you the walk at Tuttle Creek State Park that we went on yesterday - but we have some breaking news!  Great news, in fact!  It's snowing!  YAY!

By the time we went on our morning walk, we already had about an inch on the ground.  It started out pretty much like every other walk -


-  except for the lovely snow falling all around!!!

Maggie is sporting a Conservative blue leash and I am wearing pink, by the way. Anyway ... the snow made things way more fun, and THEN, when we got down to the entrance to the Hudson Trail, Dad said we should go left instead of right!

"We haven't gone this way in a long time!"
"I know!  Isn't this great, Mags?!?"

It was so wonderful!  We love going that way!

"Just when I thought this walk couldn't get any better!"
"You said it, Mags!"

There were squirrels running everywhere - it was so great!  Here we are, spotting one at Mom's favorite part of the trail:


We had all kinds of options when we got to the end of that part of the Hudson Trail - and I was thrilled with the way Mom and Dad chose to go!   Not only was it the longer route, but we got to go down my favorite hill!!!

That's Dad and Mags out front;
Mom and I brought up the rear

It's hard to see Maggie up there, isn't it?  Anyway, I LOVE that hill (check the second to last photo at this link - hey!  almost the same route we took today!) - and walking it in snow makes it even more fun!

We walked up another trail by the water tower:

Mom likes our colors with the snow and the prairie grasses

As you can see, I have quite a bit of snow gathered on my fur. We stopped to shake it off every now and then, but I had let some build up. Because our coats are so thick, it doesn't melt - it just sits there until we clear it off -- and underneath our coats, we're totally dry! No toweling off needed or anything when we get home! Anyway ... Mom wanted another photo of us against the grasses and we stopped to oblige.

"Hey, Cammie?  Do you know what?"
"What is it, little one?"

Oh, I know what you think she was going to do, but if you're thinking what I think you're thinking, you're thinking the wrong thing!

"I love you, Cammie!"
"Oh, my Maggie.  I love you, too."

Hey.  We all have our schmoopy moments!

"OK, let's roll."
"Yep.  Let's do this!"

It was such a great walk - I wish all of you could have joined us! And the really great news is that it still hasn't stopped!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend!