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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ice, Ice Baby

Tail wags! It's me, Stormy - coming to you from Siberia. Well, maybe it isn't quite Siberia, but we think we know what it looks and feels like there now.

Remember Zim blogged on Monday that we were supposed to get an ice storm (small "s") that afternoon? Oh, pup, did we! We're all OK, but were without power and phones for about 24 hours and didn't have cable/internet access until a short time ago. Many people in our town (and across the mid-west) are still without power; our thoughts and prayers go out to them! It's amazing how cold the house can get in a short period of time. We worked very hard keeping our bipeds warm - and they were very grateful to us! We are still on restricted water use, as the pumps that run the water station are on back-up generators, and are also told we could lose power again as the ice melts, refreezes, and the wind kicks up. For now, we are counting our blessings! We know the power company people are working very hard in very harsh conditions to restore service to as many people as they can.

Many, many thanks to those of you who asked about us! Our mom even got to talk on the phone with Sitka's mom - isn't that cool!?!? We hope all of our mid-western blogging pals are safe; please check in when you can!

In the meantime, here are some pictures of our ice storm. This is the view out the front door from yesterday. That tree branch is bent REALLY low; it's not normally right in front of the door like that.

Here's a shot of our Redspire Pear. Click here to remember what it looked like in Spring.

The braches are almost touching the sidewalk! We're hoping once the ice thaws, the branches on most of our stuff will spring back up and will be fine.

Our neighbor has big Weeping Willow Trees that suffered a lot of damage. Here are some shots Mom took off our deck today:

Our King's Choice Elm in front of the fence, and the neighbor's Willow.

See all the broken branches up high? Here's another look:

We're glad the neighbors are safe and that their house wasn't damaged! Here are their power lines, though:

The trees yanked the cables right out of their house! Fortunately, they have power back right now; an electrician did a temporary fix for them and will come back after the thaw to square them away.

Back to the front ... in case you were wondering if a certain somebunny is OK ... he is. We got just under an inch of snow last night, so we have proof. I give you Exhibit A:

There were other exhibits all over the ice and snow, but I didn't think you needed to see pictures of those.

Zim loves the fake garland Mom put on our mailbox, and always tries to eat the fake red berries. Unfortunately for the Z-man, this is what that looks like right now:

The ice makes it really hard for the little guy to reach up and snag some before Mom or Dad can stop him!

Anyroo, just wanted to check in with everypup and let you know we're safe and well! We hope our friends are, too. For those of you in the path of this storm - please take every precaution you can to remain safe! Snow is beautiful, and ... well, OK, the ice looks pretty cool (Mom and Dad have used the word Narnia to describe what it looks like outside ... but then Mom mentions things like bleak, Dr. Zhivago, and frozen wastelands...) but it's trecherous! Beware! Jack Frost can keep that ice to himself; we'll just take the snow!

Tail wags to all!


  1. So furry glad woo are all safe in Ice Station Zim-bra!

    Keep those bi-peds warm - their silly little khoats just don't khut it!

    Warm Wags of Wuv,


  2. Oh so glad you are all OK. Mom and I were worried. Stay warm (bipeds) and dry and safe.

    Lots of Licks, Ruby

  3. We're glad you guys are safe. It sure is beautiful but dangerous.


  4. We are glad you guys are okay.

  5. We can't stop thinking about all of our DWB friends in this hard hit area! We're so glad you're okay! The ice does so much damage!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  6. We are glad all of woo are safe. My Human wanted to call, but didn't want to risk running down your phone battery. We made out okay here.

    Ice is stupid!

  7. Wow! The ice is pretty to look at but we happy to see that you're OK. We were so worried that something was wrong with one of you that we kept asking Momma to check to see if you were posting.

    Stay warm and stay safe.

    Tasha and Eva.

    P.S. We think we sent your Mom an e-mail earlier this month to see if we could send you a card. When things have settled down, let us know if that would be OK.

  8. Glad to hear you're all ok. The ice pictures are very cool looking but ice is no fun to experience. We are supposed to get some of that fun stuff tomorrow. YUCK!

    Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

  9. Oh, I am SOOOO glad you are all ok! I was soooo worried about woo all! I'm glad Sitka's mom got a hold of you cuz I think mom might have had to drive down and check on you if she hadn't!

    Stay warm and safe. I'm so sorry about your pretty yard and your neighbors too. I'm glad Oswald is ok too. Wouldn't be the same without him.


  10. So glad woo all are safe & keeping the humans warm! We had an ice storm here in 1988, mom, dad & kids all made one big pallet in the living room & everybody slept together to keep warm. We're sure it's inconvenient, but also sure it's pretty cozy...
    Warm kisses from Florida,
    The RHP

  11. I'm glad you guys are all right and safe, thank goodness. In 1998, we had an ice storm on Christmas. It plagued central and southern Virginia, leaving widespread outages. Some people were without power for days. We still remember the "Christmas Eve Ice Storm" and I can't believe it's been almost 10 years ago.

    (the human)

  12. Your pictures make mommy a little scared. When she was little (8 or 9 or so) there was a terrible ice storm in the city here and they lost power for 2 weeks. They had to evacuate and their birdie died as a result of all the cold and moving around. So she sends lots and lots of positive thoughts your way. And she says that if she could, she would be sending your humans Kanuk coats, which are meant for extremely cold weather (it's what she has for when we go walking and it's -40). She says that that was the last time she saw the canadian army, during the ice storm. They were knocking on doors distributing firewood and evacuating people.

    Take care of yourselves and stay safe! Don't walk under trees! Trees are not your friends until this is over. Make sure to keep your humans nice and warm and woo at them if they get any unsafe ideas.

    Lots of positive thoughts,

  13. oh my that looks scary and we are SO SO glad that you guys are ok!

  14. Anonymous2:39 AM

    Wow what amazing photos! We are glad you are all safe and we hope you stay that way and the storm passes soon.


  15. Wow, incredible, glad you all made it through ok... we're getting the tail end of that storm as we speak... fingers crossed, it won't be as icy.

  16. oh me, oh my, that is what I call ICE!

    I am so glad you are all safe and well despite the horrid ice and frost.

    I am back from the hospital now, I have a shaved tummy and chest, and its pretty cold you know, I am in sympathy with Zimmie!

    I have been doin a lot of snoozing, but Jeannie is taking me out on the lead this afternoon, I cannot go off the lead until my stitches are taken out in ten days, which means there will be even more rabbits to chase when I am finally free!

    They breed like rabbits you know!!!!!

    They need me to police their numbers indeed they do.

    love and licks, Marvin xxxxxx

  17. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Wow look at those photos!!! That is some amazing stuff right there - and dangerous. I am so glad that my favorite red-head and his family are safe!!! Mom just had to call and see if she could get you! I tried to listen to the conversation to see if I could hear the AO4, but I couldn't. Anyroo, I am so glad you all are safe and sound... and warmer now with the electricity!


  18. Glad you are all safe and sound. The "Princess" and I were worried about our friends out west but in true AO4 style the troops pulled thru once more.

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  20. We are so relieved that you are OK. Are you going to take your bipeds ice skating?! Something tells me your Dad is putting his runs on hold for a wee bit!

    Snuggle those bipeds as much as you can, and keep in touch! We're thinking of you!


  21. Whew, glad everyone is alright! I hope everypup is watchin' out for Zimmie's ouchy back too. There are still lots of slippy spots that even my big swappers can't handle. I was running in from the kennel last night and shot right past the steps....brakes didn't seem to work!!
    Stay safe!!

  22. Guess what? Jack (as in Frost) visited PA today! He's still here. Our trees are frosted just like your. We hope it stops soon because we like our lectricity. We're very happy you are all okay.

  23. Glad to hear you guys are all okay. The ice looks cool - both in a neat way and a cold way! Hopefully it will melt fast and everything will be back to normal soon.

  24. We are so glad to know you'all are safe. The pictures are amazing. Be careful and keep your mom and dad warm.
    Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

  25. Hi-Woo,
    The icy pictures look so pretty, but when you are looking out at it not having to go anywhere. Be safe all of you! We gots a lot of yucky cold rain in PGH. It was spose to turn to sleet, but so far it hasn't.
    Stay warm & dry,
    -Cosmos & Juneau-

  26. Thank dogness for telephones, huh? Do you have the kind that doesn't need wall power? The Human Assistant says they're good to have for "egermancies."

    (He got this word from an old movie.)

  27. You guys had ice while we had record breaking WARM temperatures here. Want to move to Alabama? :)