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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Big Day at Ao4 HQs

Tail wags, all! It's me, Stormy. Today is a big day here at Ao4 Headquarters.

Today's the day, isn't it, Mom? Ammy, you remember, don't you?
Yes, it is, Storm! Today's the day!
GREAT! Everysibe get in here for a group photo! Especially you, Zim!

To mark the occasion, I called all the troops into the kitchen for a group photo. That's right - a group photo! Some things are so special that even I am willing to pose for a picture or two, and to get my pack-mates to cooperate, as well!

Reporting in, Storm. But why 'especially' me?

Zim was trying his best to remember, but it hadn't hit him yet!

That's right! Especially you! Everysibe fall in!
It's not my honorary birthday...

I got everyone into the kitchen and had them start getting into formation.

Come on, everysibe! On my command, everysibe sit. Now... sit!

Great job!
Left to right, Dave and Zim in the back, me (Stormy) and Ammy in the front

We all did our best to look serious (just because we felt like it), and I told Mom to go ahead and take the picture.

The occasion? No... it's not Zim's honorary birthday. That's back in January. Today is ...his Gotcha Day! His Homecoming! His ZIMAVERSARY!!!

That's right - eight years ago today, I gave birth to* a rather sad, scared, starved year-and-a-half-old puppy - our ZIM! And Ammy adopted him as her very own littermate! Please read more about his arrival here and here, if you like. There are a couple remarkable pix there of what Zim used to look like. We all knew there was a very special pup in there somewhere - and we choose to celebrate who he is now!

Everypup and everykitty - and everybiped! - please join us in wishing our Zimmie a very happy Zimaversary!!!

Aw, shucks, you Sibes! I'm touched! Thank rooo!

For those doing the math and know that Dave is older than Zim... Dave was adopted 5 months after Zimmie - that's why he isn't in those older posts!

Please join us in celebrating today! Do some of Zim's favorite things - go for a cool adventure, have a nap in the sunshine, do some zoomies, play neck grabbies, hang out on the deck, watch bipeds work, make friends with someone of another species, and have some of your favorite treats! Today is a great day!

Tail wags,

PS: The photos above were only made possible by the power of Happy Hearts Cookies. Dave especially recommends the new watermelon flavored ones; he'll tell you more about those on Monday!

*Note from the Ao4's mom: Stormy didn't exactly give birth to Zim. He was about 1 1/2 years old when we adopted him. But she thinks she did, and given her devotion to him, I would never think to argue the case with her.


  1. What good stories about the Ao4! Happy Zimaversary! Zim is always one of my favorite pups to read and learn about what he is doing. I love his gentleness and kindness to other animals and I try to be like him in that way. Stormy you and Ammy did a good job mothering Zim and you can feel proud of yourselves.


  2. Happy ZimAversary!
    Happy ZimAversary!
    Happy ZimAversary!
    Happy ZimAversary!

    There woo go - FOUR of 'em - just like WOO!

    I'm khurrently working on several of the akhtivities listed...and since I'm headed to my SibeStas later, I'll get to knokhk off a few others!

    NOW to get some Happy Hearts!


  3. Happy Zimaversary!

    Momma says that we'll dedicate all of our zoomies today to you.

    Princess Eva

  4. Oh that is such a sweet story and great family pic!
    We are going off on holiday but look forward to catching up with you all soon.
    Happy Zimaversary!!!!
    love you lots
    Martha & Bailey xxxx

  5. Hi, friends!
    Sure this is a special day!
    Happy Zimaversary!
    I will take lots of naps in his honor!
    Kisses and hugs

  6. What a special day!!! And Stormy, you are so good at playing up the fanfare. Happy Gotcha day to you, Zimmie!!!! And we think Stormy deserves a round of applause too - you did a great job with your baby.

    Mom just gave us some Happy Hearts to help celebrate here.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  7. Happy Zimaversary! What a great occasion to celebrate with some Happy Hearts!


    Clap clap clap clap!!!!
    We read the story of him arrival with our mommy....Awwwwwwwwwwww...what a great story!!!
    Sure you're a very very very special family and we love you a lot!!!!
    ZIm....you're a wonderful boy...soooooooooo gentle....cute....sweet!!!!Sure your family (and Ammy in particular) Are very very proud of you!!!!!
    And we too!!!!!
    Have a great day with your family and brothers and sister!!!!
    Your photos are wonderful!!!!
    And have a super special weekend!!!!
    We love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
    Sweet kisses and licks All for the special guest of honour today !!!

  9. Aw glad things worked out well for you Zim and what a handsome boy you are

  10. What a special day it is! Happy Zimaversary Zimmie! I hope you enjoy your celebration! I'll celebrate too but my mommy won't let me do neck grabbies on my little cat sisfurs though.


  11. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Hey Zimmie!!! Happy Gotcha day my red man! I hope you have a fantastic day. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you. So instead, I will celebrate right now by shredding a paper bag :)

  12. Happy Zimaversary!!! You're so handsome, zim, and it's clear that Stormy is your mommy. :)

    We celebrated from far away by having a bunch of dried liver treats here.

  13. Happy Zimaversary! What a neat story.

  14. w00fs, happy zimmy dayyyyy...the pikssur of u all iz frame worthy...me iz glad to b friends wiff all of u..

    b safe,

  15. *Maddie will now sing* Ahem, clearing Labbie throat now....

    Happy Zimaversary...Happy Zimaversary.....Happppppppy Zimaversay!

    Great group pictures for an extra special day! You all did a smashing job and totally deserve more Happy Hearts.....

    We played an extra special round of neck grabbies in your honor Zimmmie!


    Maddie, Frankie & DomiNo

  16. Wow - that is a sad story about Zim's shadowy beginnings. But look at this pup NOW!!!! Happy Zimaversary to you! Stormy and Ammy - great jobs you two - pawsome story! We love you all!
    Hugs xo

  17. Happy Zimaversary!!!

    I'm gonna have some chicken jerky to celebrate! :)

    What great pics of you all!


  18. Happy, Happy ZIMaversary! I'm so glad you came to live at HQ with all the other Sibes-I so enjoy knowing you, Sgt. Zimmie! Aren't HH cookies the best?! You all look so wonderful there together. It's my favorite kind of picture of you.

  19. Woo Zimmie! Happy Zimaversary! Everyone who knows you is so lucky to have you in their lives! I'm happy you found your family and that we could become bestest friends!

    What a day. Livergreat and cookies for all!

    Huffle Mawson

  20. Happy ZimAversary!!
    I shall be at my best today to celebrate and dedicate this day to woo!!Thanks for sharing the beawootiful pics, enjoy your day!!!

    Cheers and Smiles,

  21. Wooo!!! Happy Zimaversary!!! You are very lucky to be where you are. You have a wonderful family!

    Yes, those HH cookies do have mystical powers!


  22. Happy Zimaversary!

    yikes! Poor Zim, those stupid people were really rotten to him. We are SOOOO glad woo adopted him into your pack. Ha-roos to yous!

    And those are great group shot, Stormy. You sure know how to command the troops!

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo

  23. Woo there Zimmi~
    Happi of happiest Zimaversaries to woo!!! In recognition of your special day, I spent the evening watching Dad build a fire tonight. I like it when we all get to relax outside together. The fire is veri interesting to watch...I bet woo would like it. We don't have to get close to it so it isn't scari for me. Hope woo had a wonderful Zimaversari and we're wooin' up wishes fur mani, mani more.
    Your pal,

  24. Huffle told us about the big day in her blog. Happy ZimAVersary to you Zim, we hope you have a great day!

  25. Happy Zimaversary!
    We are raising our brandy snifters with yummy Mango ice cream, Zim! We hope you have the best day ever!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  26. Anonymous4:19 AM

    Happy ZimAversary beautiful one!

    Love from Milo and Alfie xx

  27. Your Gotcha story brought tears to our eyes. We are happy that you are with your wonderful Forever family, healthy and happy:)
    Happy Zimaversary!

  28. Hello you lovelies, I came over from your pal Huffle to see you for the gottcha day, and wow found four lovely sweet faces.

    Happy Zimaversary...

    I will call back if thats ok..

    Hugs GJ x

  29. Woo - we love versarys because we all have one. So salute to a Zimster on a Zimaversary day. What a great story!

  30. There may be trouble ahead....

    oh no sorry that was another post and another poem!

    Sorry we have been absent because my Jeannie has been going through a kinda "trial" although she says to bark to youse all, her stress is starting to ease.

    Happy Zimversary!

    We love you guys, a poem may be forthcoming but my J is kinda tired.

    More soooooooooon!

    lotsaluv Marvin xxxxxx

  31. There is nothing better than a celebration of a rescue gotcha! Our momma rescued alla' us and it was the best day of our lives...momma says that it was her best day but we think she's only being kind.

    ♥HAPPY GOTCHA DAY♥ The best day of the whole year!

  32. Happy ZimAversary a day late (sorry). I loved getting to know you better by reading your arrival stories...thanks for putting the links on there. Sometimes I go back and read past posts of my furiends but it is hard to read them all. I took lots of naps yesterday in our lovely weather yesterday and now I am devoting them to Zimmy!
    Love and hugs,

  33. HAPPY ZIMAVERSARY!!! I am so going to go and have a million treats just because of ZIM! Right Mom??

  34. Happy Zimaversary!
    At our house, we'll have treats al around, in your honor, to help celebrate your special day. God bless you dear boy.

  35. Happy Zimaversary! We read about you on Huffle's blog and wanted to come say hi and congrats on your gotcha day. We heard you were good woofies and probably wouldn't eat kitties so we thought it would be safe to come over.

    Extra treats for all!

    Purrs and hugs,
    The Kitty Krew

  36. OH Zim, I am so sorry I am late!! Mommy didn't let me on the computer!! But Happy ZimAversary!!! I wuv woos!!!


  37. Belated happy Zimaversary.

    Great shots of the four of you all together. You are such a good looking family. :-)

    Holly & Zac...XX

  38. I found the Army of Four Digest via Star and Jack, Cyber-Sibes. Happy Zim-aversary!

  39. Hey Army Guys and Gals, the Fleet is IN. It's us Navy Juniors (as opposed to Army brats) The Bumpass Hounds. Congratulation on this Zimaversary Day. We are sending y'all our best wishes from bustling downtown Bumpass VA to the GReat white way of Manhattan KS (that would be the white center line leading into the Fort's main gate. Y'all are a handsome/beautiful pack if ever there was one. Sorry that we feel so far behind but we've activated Google reader and now we read everyone daily even if we don't always leave a comment. Love youse guys.
    - TBH&K

  40. Hey Army Guys and Gals, the Fleet is IN. It's us Navy Juniors (as opposed to Army brats) The Bumpass Hounds. Congratulation on this Zimaversary Day. We are sending y'all our best wishes from bustling downtown Bumpass VA to the GReat white way of Manhattan KS (that would be the white center line leading into the Fort's main gate. Y'all are a handsome/beautiful pack if ever there was one. Sorry that we feel so far behind but we've activated Google reader and now we read everyone daily even if we don't always leave a comment. Love youse guys.
    - TBH&K

  41. wow - happy zimaversary to you big guy - congrats on having a wonderful forever home - and what great pics - we just ordered our first batch of happy heart cookie - but we hear they are wonderful

    Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

    ps - Woodrow believes a litter of kittens are his and mothers him - so stormy is at least close - wood is a boy of a different species!!

  42. We jsut tried to friend you on dogster - but were able to
    feel free to come friend us sometime


    Woodrow Sweetie & MJ