Who We Are

Monday, December 29, 2008

From New Zealand With Love

Tail wags, pups and kits!  It's me - Stormy.  I hope all of you have been enjoying the holidays!  We sure have!  What we love best is time together as a family - especially going on walks!  We've also been touched by the gifts we've received!

We received one such gift just yesterday, from new friends Josh and Jessie in New Zealand!  They are a pair of delightful Shelties; if you haven't met them yet, please stop by and say "ha roo!"  They have presented us with the Proximity Award.  You can read all about it on the post at that link!  We are honored and touched that they would share this award with us!  Thank you, Jess and Josh!

We have it displayed proudly in our sidebar with your names.  You are the kindest Shelties in all of New Zealand!

Speaking of NZ... that's where my VERY special friend Prince lives, along with his sisters and his mom.  He sent me (and the rest of my pack) some lovely gifts at Christmas.  I've thanked him privately (as we have all of our friends who sent packages!), but I wanted to show you this one incredible ornament he sent.

Isn't it gorgeous?  I think he had his mom make it!  I just love it!  Mom let me hang it from the dining room chandelier; that's a really bright room and the light catches all the facets in it and makes everything sparkle!  

Another gift we enjoyed tremendously was the snow.  Sadly, it's all gone again (though we did get about another inch two nights ago!) and Dad is getting ready to go play golf.  Sigh.  Yes, it's that bad out there!  Anyroo, we made the most of it while we could and Mom took lots of pictures.  She's playing with a 30-day free trial of Adobe PhotoShop Elements for Mac or some such thing and came up with this cool rendition of Zim and me:

Great effects, don't you think?  She doesn't know what she's doing yet, but is doing some fun stuff.  I especially like that one.

And of course, the best thing about Christmas, the most important thing, is celebrating the very first Christmas and the Gift God gave us all.  One of our neighbors always puts up a little manger scene in his front yard; it helps remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  While we were out on our walk just this morning, Mom stopped to admire it ... when we noticed something a little "different" about it.

I'm not sure a Huffle Impostor was part of the original Christmas scene... but this one sure looks sweet all curled up in the manger, doesn't she?  It's probably nice and warm in there for her!

Keep that Christmas spirit going!

Tail wags,

PS:  Our friend Addie asked about ham yesterday after seeing Zimmie's post.  Even though one little nibble probably wouldn't hurt us, our Mom doesn't give us ham.  As with many things that are high in fat content, it can cause us to horka or to get diarrhea - or can lead to pancreatitis.  You can read more about all kinds of hazards here.  Our dear friend Tia cannot have ham due to a bout with pancreatitis, so out of solidarity with her, we are happy to forgo it.  Regardless of what Zimmie wrote yesterday!  I need to go grab that boy by the neck....


  1. I thought Prince would have sent woo a pup pup puppy!

    BUT what woo got was furry nice and beaWOOtiful - like WOO!

    Khongrats on the award!


  2. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Wow! That sparkle-y thing is COOL!!! That was so nice of them! And you all are too kind to a sweet kit-kat! We also saw the Huffle wanna-be! Wow!

  3. What a great present from New Zealand! I also like what your mom did to your picture - very pretty! And of course the kitty is too cute!

  4. oh my "Ham" dear dog, this post expresses all the meaning in my life...............

    obviously I ate too much ham in past days.

    No words, no pack drill..............

    yuk from Jeannie xxxxxxx

  5. What a pretty ornament - so sparkly and glittery. Our mom must have gotten the word about ham too because we only got a tidbit of it.

    No snow here either, BUT we did get one glorious walk in today, haven't had a good one in forever. It was close to 60 here.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  6. That's a gorgeous ornament Stormy. I'd like to know who that Huffle imposter is! How dare he (or she)? I gave up ham for a while, just for Tia, as well.

    Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

  7. Hi Stormy!
    That is a super cool ornament you have! And the picture effects your mom used are pawsome! I hope you guys get some snow soon!

  8. Aaarrrooooo! River's Mum said we should drop in and see you guys, apparently you're better than us at looking away from the camera at the precise moment your Mum clicks....BOL! Nice bloggy :o)
    Slobbers xx

  9. Hi, friends!
    Congratulations on your award!
    The ornament is beautiful!
    That picture with the photoshop efect is pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs

  10. That is a really pretty ornament and we think the picture your mom made is really cool!

    Congrats on your award.

    Steve and Kat

  11. Yippy Howlidays!
    Barky New Years!
    Wishing you all the best for the year ahead!
    -Bentley and the Nikos!

  12. Anonymous10:56 PM

    Thank you so much guys. What a lovely post. You Four are sooo kind... Thank you for being such pawesome friends!!! We love you,

    Josh and Jess

  13. Your presents were lovely. How kind and generous people and pooches are!

    I love the fancy pic your Mum did, it would make a lovely Christmas card.

    We have no snow, but it is very, very cold.

    I did not know about ham, you truly are hamazing in your knowledgeables.

    Congrats on your award too!

    Happy Hogmany!

    I may be inspired later to write a Hogmany Homage, I feel poetry vibes coming on me.

    love and hogmany licks, And all guid wishes for A Guid New Year!

    och aye! The noo.

    Marvin xxxxxx

    Jeannie xxxxx

  14. yes, I have also just realised I already commented on this post.......ooooops! Still all my comments are well meant. Like the song says, New York New York so Good They Named it Twice.

    See it was so interesting I came back to read it all again.

    Hamazing. Marvin who as always is confused..........

  15. That is a beautiful ornament. You can enjoy that present all year round..
    We didn't know that about ham.. thanks for sharing.
    You all can come with us to the lake any time you would like. We would all have fun "not getting wet"

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie