Who We Are

Monday, July 13, 2020

Quick Study

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I can't tell you how much I love having a little brother!  He's great company, he's a GREAT playmate, and I am totally into mentoring him.  Check out one of our latest sessions:

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"Hey, Ragnar!  Come check this out!"

 You all know I love laying under chairs like that, right?  I thought he could try it, too.

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"It's really comfy, bro.  You should try it out on Mom's chair!"
"Hmm... OK.  Hang on, Mags."

And before I knew it ...

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"How's this?"

Honestly, he is SUCH a quick study!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Serene Sunday, The Deck!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  There were a lot of new things for me when I came home to Ao4 Headquarters - I've mentioned getting into boxes (or not), being a house puppy, traffic and people, and even the Trippy Trap Bridge.  I don't think I've mentioned the deck yet!

Our deck is REALLY high!  After our morning road marches, we usually go out there to relax for a while.  I love it out there, but I have to admit, the first time or so I was a bit leery of the edge!  Maggie's been helping me get used to it ...

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"See, Ragnar?!?  No big deal - right?  Besides, we can see forever up here!"

And now ... take a look!

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"Maggie was right!  This is awesome!"

Maggie taught me how to do the Paw Dangle!  Isn't that cool?!?  Look at what else she showed me how to do:

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"Oh.  This is incredibly serene!"

That's right!  Just this morning, I did my very first Snooter Rest!  It was so relaxing - so serene!

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Sköl!
Ragnar

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Next!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  The other day, I was doing some exploring -- you know, 'cuz I'm a Viking and all -- when ...

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"Uh, Ragnar?  If you're done in there, I'd like to get my shower now."
"Oh.  Right.  Sorry, Mom!"

I really like it in there!  The first time I went in, Mom turned the water on and gave me a shower.  Don't tell anybody, but I kinda liked it!  Anyway, it's a cool place to hang out, even if the water isn't on.

Sköl!
Ragnar

Friday, July 10, 2020

Game On!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  The other day, I was just hanging out in the living room, minding my own business, when ...

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"Oh.  Uh ... hey, Mom.  What's shakin'?"
"Maggie?  Where's your brother?  Are you playing the 'Don't Let Ragnar in the Living Room' game?!?"

Can you believe that accusation?!!?

Well, OK.  Maybe she was right.  Let's take a peek into the kitchen.

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"Is it safe out there?"

He LOVES this game.  No, really!  Every time he tries to leave the kitchen, I 'BOOM!' him - no matter which way he tries to get out.  It's great!  Then I finally let him out and we race around the living room, dining room, and kitchen REALLY fast!  Here's a blurry action shot - we're too fast for the camera!

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"Gonna get you, Ragnar!!!"
"I don't think so, Mags!"

And then ... have I mentioned he's really fast?!?

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"GOTCHA!"
"Errrfff!"
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"BOOM!"
"Ack!  You got me!  Help, I'm being attacked by a Viking!!!"

Then I jump up and we start the whole thing over again.  Wow, is it ever fun!  Isn't this a great game?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Long Road March

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  We had a wild, crazy storm during the night that brought us a much cooler morning today.  To celebrate, Maggie and I decided to take Mom and Dad on a super-long road march today!

We headed up into the hills:

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"Check those skies, Ragnar!"
"I'm glad Mom and Dad looked at the radar before we left!"

And then went way down the big road:

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Sorry it's blurry and crooked; we were moving out smartly!

Mom always likes to stop and shoot wildflowers along the way. Here's one of her shots:

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Black-Eyed Susans

We usually turn at this one road, but today we decided to keep going!  We turned eventually and saw these hugs gates:

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"Check it out, Ragnar.  The 'M' is for Mags!"
"Really?"

She was joking with me.  I kinda thought so.  She actually hadn't walked that way before, either.  It was fun exploring a place that was new to both of us!

Mom wanted to get a shot of us so I did a nice pose for her:

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"Hey, puppies!!!"
"Hi, Mom!!!"
"Hey, Mom.  Check it out -- Daisies!"

Maggie reminded me we shouldn't always look at Mom when she asks us to.  I told her I'd try to remember.  Maggie knows these things!

Anyway - since Mags pointed them out ...

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Daisies

There were lots of great smells up in that area; we really had a blast.

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Mags walking past a hacienda 

We finally looped around near the golf course clubhouse, and we were back on familiar turf.  Golf course ... turf ... good one, huh?

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Me, leading the way!  Gnarly skies, huh?

When we finally reached the "it's all downhill from here" point, Mom held our leashes while Dad made a deposit in a nearby trashcan.  You know.  I mean ... yeah.  We all know what he was putting in there, right?  OK.

Anyway, Mom asked us to sit together and pose for her again.  Remembering what Mags told me earlier ...

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"Oh, Ragnar!  I'm so proud of you!"
"Thanks, Maggie!"

Then Mom gave a sad, "Oh, you GUYS!  Please!?!"  Since she asked so nicely ...

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"Just this once.  But you owe us!"
"Hi, Mom!!!"
"Such good puppies!!!!"

And then down a couple hills and we were home!  That was our nice, long road march!  It was tons of fun.  Thanks for coming with us!

Sköl!
Ragnar

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Strength Test?

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Last week, my mom made me my very own new collar!  Check it out:

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"Here's my right side!"
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"And here's my left!"
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"Thanks for the cool new collar, Mom!"

I really like it - can you tell?  Mom had that webbing in her "stash" (she has all KINDS of interesting things in her Studio!!!) and decided to order more so I could have a matching leash.  That order came in really fast and she made the leash yesterday:

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Mom decided to do a lot of heavy-duty reinforcing on my leash

After she was done, we took it out for a little test drive.  That actually turned into what she thought would be a strength test when ...

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"SQUIRREL!"
"Uh-oh."
"Oh ... my ... uh ... on by, Ragnar!  On by!"

I didn't pull, but I did want to stop and stare for a while.

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"Lemme just stare at him, Mom, OK?"
"E-E-E!!!"
"Good boy, Ragnar.  Calm.  G'boy!!!"

I was very calm, so Mom let me stand there and stare at him for a while.  He was teasing me something fierce, shaking his tail at me and yelling at me and stuff, but I was a good puppy.  Check it out:


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I love my new collar and leash.  And I'm sure they're both very strong ... I just haven't pulled real hard yet to check them out.  I did say "yet".

Sköl!
Ragnar