Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Trail Trek

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Today is another gorgeous Fall day in Kansas!  I took Dad on a walk early this morning, then the plan was for us to wait for him to get home from golf and we'd all go on a whole-family walk together.  Cam had other plans.

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"Awesome plan, Cam!"
"We can still go on another one when Dad gets home!"

One of Cam's new superpowers is that Mom (and Dad) can't say "no" to her.  Not that they really did before ...

Anyway, Cam chose to go up the big road:

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Me and Cam

Up at the top of the hill, we posed real nice at the trailhead:

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"Margaret Thatcher!"
"Whatever."
"Hello!"

More or less, anyway.  Besides, do you have any idea how tasty those smooshed fruits are?  And how hard it is to ignore them?

We went down the first part of the trail:

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"OOOh, look at all that long, tasty grass!"
"Mags!  There's some tiny person up there on a chair!"

Mom was still muttering something about "someone", "snarfing", "grass" ... I have no idea.  I was too busy trying to snarf down some ... oh.  Right.  Moving right along.

We hit the next segment of the trail:

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"Stay alert, Cam!  You never know what could be up here!"
"My radar ears are up!"

We didn't see any buns, squirrels, or many birdies today, but we did have some pups bark "hello!" to us and two women who jogged past called us "cute".

Here we are heading back down toward home:

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"Is it 'toward home' or 'towards home'?  I'm never sure on that one."
"Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.  Whatevs."

And here we are on the home stretch:

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Cam and me - our house is just beyond the curve in the road

We don't always walk in the middle of the road, but a lot of people have put down their Fall fertilizer and Mom thought it best for us to stay out of it.

What a great day this has been so far. I hope we get to go again this afternoon!  I hope all of you are having a wonderful morning, too!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, October 16, 2017

We've Got This!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam, here with Maggie.  I know it's Monday, but  ...

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"Come on, everybody!"
"Let's go!"

... we've got this!!!

Cammie!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Busy Day!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  We're behind today, so I thought I'd tell you what all Cam and I have been up to!  We've been very busy!

Cam was feeling good this morning, so we went on an all-family walk:

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"What a gorgeous day, Cam!"
"It really is!"

We did almost a mile and a half, and Cam was still feeling good! She let Mom know we'd like a little Pickle time when we got home, so we played with our Pickles, then just relaxed like very good puppies.

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"Ha roo, Cam-a-roo!"
"You're not really buying that last part, are you, Readers?"

Or we had a short Crazed River Otter Game.  One of the two.  Anyway...

We had big storms yesterday and they brought some wonderfully cool weather with them. Even after lunch today, it was still in the 60s! Since Cam is having such a great day, Mom and Dad decided we could all go for another walk!

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"How cool is this, Cam?!?"
"Mighty cool!"

There was an open house along the route. Dad went in to check it out and we stayed with Mom to make sure she didn't get into anything. She tried to get us to pose for a photo while we waited.

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"She didn't bring treats, did she?"
"No.  No, she didn't."

Yeah.

After that, I spotted those pumpkins and gourds by the garage and decided I needed to give them a piece of my mind. Pretty loudly.  Mom decided we should move a bit; I have no idea why.

Anyway, Cam and I sat down together and Mom said it reminded her of why we used to be called "Cam and Mini-Cam":

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"Hey, Maggie.  Look.  I'm Batman."
"Oooh!  I'm Batman."

That walk was just under a mile and a quarter -- so Cam got some GREAT exercise in today and is still going strong!  We're all so proud of her!  Go, Cam, GO!!!

OK.  I feel a nap coming on.  Have a great rest of the day, everybody!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, October 14, 2017

PLAY!!!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I have such cool news to share!  Yesterday, Cam told Mom she'd like to play with our toys, so we got our Pickles stuffed with a couple treats.  It was great.  We've been doing that most afternoons lately.  Then, something REALLY cool happened.  It went something like this ...

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"Mom?  I think I'm ready to try a little something else, if Maggie is game."

If I'm game?!?  Was she kidding?!?

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"Mom?!?  Does this mean what I think it means?!?"
"I think so.  Just be gentle, Maggie!"

First, we circled around a bit ...

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"Are you sure, Cam?"
"I think so."

And then ...

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"Let's go, Mags!"
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"This is so awesome!"
"Get ready!"
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"BOOM!"
"Umph!"

We played very gently (... for Siberian Huskies) for a while, then ...

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"Are you sure you're doing OK, Cam?"
"I'm good to go, Mags!"

I didn't want her to over-do.

And in case you have any doubts that Cam still has super-fast moves ... check this out!

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Me and Cam!  

Yep.  Even "burst mode" wasn't fast enough to freeze our action shots!

This is the first real playing we've done since before Cammie's surgery.  She just hasn't been ready until now.  Mom and Dad say I've been super patient, but wow, have I missed playing with my bestest friend and sister!  Take a look at my face in this next shot:

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Mom calls this "Pure Bliss"

We are so thankful for good days!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mum's Mums

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Today has been a nice day so far.  Even though Maggie had already taken Dad on a walk early this morning, I felt like going on one after breakfast, so we all went together.

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"Great job, Cam!"
"Thanks, Maggie!"

Afterwards, Mom thought it would be a good idea to try to get a couple shots of us girls in front of her Mums.  We tried, but ...

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"Hey, what's that?!?"
"Maggie, pay atten- oh, wait!  I think the people across the street are outside!"

Some of us might have been trying harder than others.

She couldn't help it, though. Look at who was behind us on the Mums:

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Common Buckeye Butterfly

Mom's iPhone skills are improving, don't you think?

Anyway, after Mom took a couple shots of the butterfly, she remembered to get the treats out of her pocket.

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Maggie and me!

She really should do that at the start, don't you think?

Cammie!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Adopt-A-Maggie Day!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Who do you think this is:

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"Do I really need an introduction?"

Did anyone guess that it's ME?!? From four years ago! That's right -- it's my Gotcha Day!

We've got all kinds of cool stuff planned for the day - walks, playing, hanging out ... and TREATS!

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"OOOH!  The big kind!"

I had my official portrait taken:

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Polargold's Margaret Thatcher

And since someone forgot to put treats in her pocket ...

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"Yeah, we're done here, Mom."

Well, come on. I HAVE to throw a little mischief into the mix, right?

AND ... as a special treat ...

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"How about a new bag of the mini Greenies to celebrate, girls?!?"
"We should adopt another puppy so we can celebrate with these more often!"
"I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!"

Seriously.  Have you tried them?  They're crazy-good!  Maybe your bipeds will get some for you to help me celebrate my big day!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, October 11, 2017