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Friday, December 21, 2007

Ao4 Headquarters Flag!

Tail wags, pups! It's me, Stormy, with some incredibly exciting news! You've heard Zim mention our Aunt Janet before - she's the Master Gardener who sent Zim the Magic Beans to grow the Magic Bean Stalk, remember? Yeah, that's her!

Well... Mom and Dad got a Christmas package from her a while ago! Mom let her know they got it, and Aunt Janet was all excited and asked Mom, "Isn't it the 25th today?" Dave thought that maybe they use a different calendar in Virginia ... but I think Aunt Janet was dropping hints to OPEN THE PACKAGE! The next time Mom spoke to her, Aunt Janet once again implied that it was already the 25th ... but Mom waited. Finally, she couldn't take it any more and decided to open it! There was a cute little sock monkey Santa tied to the package - Zim really liked it.

Come on, Sock Monkey Santa ... let's take a nap!

Mom let him snuggle with it for a little while, then he traded it in for a cookie.

Then Mom unwrapped the big gift and started making all kinds of those noises bipeds make when they're happy and excited! She "ooh"-ed and "aah"-ed and "Ican'tbelieveitlookathowgorgeousthisis"-ed!!! We didn't pay her much mind ... until she unfurled it for all of us to see! Check this out!!!

It's our very own flag for Ao4 Headquarters!!! Is it the most incredible thing you've ever seen!?!?!? Our very own flag!!! Mom got us to pose by it - a challenge for her, to be sure, but we were semi-cooperative!

How cool is this? The flag, going CLOCKWISE, starting in the upper left corner, is Amber, Dave, Zim then me. Then our set-up, going COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, starting in the lower right corner, is Amber, Dave, Zim then me. Kind of a diagonal mirror image thing. Does this mess with anypup's head? I thought it was cool and had to point it out.

We've tasked Mom to go buy a pole, so Dad doesn't have to hold it up all the time like he is in the photo. We will hang it outside once we have a bit more of a thaw. (The biped weather forecasters are calling for SNOW tomorrow; I'll see what Am has to say later!) We're so excited! All the world will know THIS is Ao4 Headquarters! Ha roooooo!

Thank you, Aunt Janet! And kudos to the craftswoman who made this! It's GORGEOUS! We love it! Oh - and Mom and Dad do, too!

Tail wags,


  1. That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!! Wow, what a perfect present! You all look perfectly beautiful! I must know where/how your Aunt Janet did that!


  2. Stormy, the flag is totally amazing!

    What a wonderful present!

    I am also relieved to hear you are going to buy a pole for it, I would hate to think of your poor Dad outside in all the cold weather, having to hold the flag up! I guess if he had to do that all the time he would be "up in arms" about that!!!!!!

    Where did your Aunt Janet manage to source such a beautiful thing?

    Truly amazing.

    love and many licks, Marvin xxxxx

  3. Your Aunt Janet is the COOLEST! That is quite possible the neatest flag I have ever seen in my life!! If you find out where/how for HBBB, please let me know, too!


  4. Anonymous11:49 AM

    WOW Storm... I am with Holly on this - this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!! I am just in awe!!! I like how Zim and Amber switched places in the photo below the flag, ha roo!!! Storm, you should have not said who was who and see if anyone could tell that Zim and Amber were out of place, ha roo!

    I hope all of you enjoy that beautiful flag!

  5. WHOA! That is amazing! Way to go Aunt Janet for choosing the most perfect thing for the AO4 Headquarters! Maybe Aunt Janet would share where she had that made so we can tell Mom!

  6. That is a really pawsum group picture of all of you on yur very own A04 flag! You just gotta hang it over yur headquarters.

  7. Woo all have a furry special Aunt!! I am so glad that woo shared it with us. If we all get our own flags then everyone will know "WE ARE ARMY STRONG"!
    No wonder she wanted woo to open it!!
    Be safe in the weather that's heading your way. Maybe that means a snow fort with a pole and the AO4 HQ Banner picture coming soon!!
    Woos to All!!

  8. How cool! It's gorgeous! And Amber, you look so beautiful!

    Happy Holidays!


  9. WOW, that is pawsome! You guys look great...as always!


  10. Wow! What an awesome gift! Aunt Janet is a genius!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. I went to write that "That is the most beauttiful thing I have ever seen", and I see it's what came out of Hollybolly's pretty mouth.
    So I will just second what Holly said. it really is just that.
    What a great gift! It is the ultimate heart warming gift I think I have ever witnessed!
    Just look what the craftswoman had to work with...... :-)
    Beauty made just more beauty ....

    Just precious!

  12. What a great flag, its awesome and perfect.

    The D'Azul Siberians

  13. That is the coolest flag in the whole wide world. I especially like Stormy's picture because she looks very regal. No offense to all your other pups because you all look great too.


  14. Oh gosh, the flag and then that picture of the flag and all four of you'all together. That has to be the best! It is absolutely beautiful!

    Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

  15. Let Aunt Janet know that I will DEFINATELY buy one of those if she makes them available - We need one for our kennel!


  16. Anonymous10:07 PM

    Oh my gosh that is absolutely unbelievably awesome! What a brilliant present you all look wonderful on it of course!


  17. woofies Ao4...dat iz a bute ti ful flag....did aunt janet make it or have it made...its is pawsome...

    b safe,

  18. Rusty (chasingsquirrelswithrusty.wordpress.com) says: WOW! That flag is great! Mom says you guys are beautiful. I guess you are, but I didn't like hearing her say that about anydog else but me. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Mom thanked the little boy for me, but I don't think she liked his nose. :)

  19. What a beautiful flag. Of course the subject matter is what makes it so beautiful. We can't wait to see a picture of it on the flag pole! Maybe we need one of those when we (if ever) get the new doghouse built.

    Roxie, Sammy & Andy

  20. That is seriously one of the coolest presents we have ever seen! I sure wish we had a cool flag like that!

  21. a-wooooozas, that's one cool flag! Te pic with all of you & the flag is awesome!

    Star & Jack

  22. I'm glad I could be a part of outfitting the Army of Four HQ with a proper banner. Janet was so excited when I gave her the flag, and she couldn't wait to give it to you for Christmas.

    If only half of the pets I get picture of are as photogenic as yours!

    Katie King
    Working Dog Art