Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Panda-Monium!

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim.  Do you remember a while ago I showed you my Squeaky Purple Panda toy?  I showed you our first meeting and confessed that because I didn't know what a toy was until I came here, I sometimes don't know what to do with new ones.  Well, Purple Panda and I have met a few more times, and I'm starting to get the swing of things.

On this one day, Dave was taking a long nap and I was bored, so Mom got Purple out for me to play with.  We hung out in the living room for a while. I tried holding him a couple different ways and he squeaked. I was afraid that meant he was hurt, so I didn't want to make him squeak - so we just kicked back on a floor cushion.

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Me and Purple Panda

Mom decided I should go outside, so she hooked up my leash. I didn't want to leave Purple Panda alone, so I brought him with us.

I showed him the grass:

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...and I showed him the sidewalk and driveway:

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He was smiling, so I think he liked exploring the yard with me.

I thought I saw one of my kit-cat friends and was going to show her my Purple Panda:

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She ran off to do important kitty-cat things before I could show her my panda friend.

We decided to pose by the Crimson Barberry Bush:

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I'm not sure Mom got his best side.

Before we went in, we struck one more pose by the front door:

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Mom said he was about as cooperative as me and Dave are.  Ha roo roo roo!

So - that's what Purple Panda and I have been up to.  Oh, sure, Dave says I should rip him apart (gasp!) but I don't want to hurt him!  Besides, he's pretty fun to hang out with!

Play bows,
Zim

Monday, November 28, 2011

Siber Monday!!!

Woo, everypup and everycat!  It's the day Zim and I and all of us Siberian Huskies all over the world have been waiting for all year!  It's SIBER Monday!!!  Woooooo!!!!!  Our very own day to celebrate being Siberians!!!  Siber Monday!!!  Woooo!!!!

What?  It's "Cyber" Monday, not "Siber" Monday?

Oh.  Well, in that case, I'll just stay right here under Mom's chair, snuggled between her feety-feet...

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... and help her do a little shopping.

Cyber Monday isn't as much fun as Siber Monday would be, but it's not too bad!

Luv,
Dave

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Serene Scenery Sunday

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me - Zim!  Oh, don't worry - we won't keep you in suspense about the rest of our walk on that really cool part of the Hudson Trail!  It was so beautiful there, so peaceful... that's our Serene Scenery Sunday post!

We were going to break the whole thing into three segments, because Mom took so many pix, but I figured if I cut down on the chit-chat, it wouldn't be too overwhelming.  Right?  Let's get walking!

One great discovery along this part of the trail is this cool border on the ground of wooden railroad ties  - or whatever they're called.

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I had fun balancing on those. And had even more fun stepping off them as soon as Mom pointed the iPhone my way. Ha roo roo roo!

In this next shot, Dave said he felt a little bit like one of those Wizard of Oz guys on the Yellow Brick Road:

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"Hey, Zim, is that the Emerald City?  Ha woo."

He's tons of fun to walk with!  But I saw something moving in the field to my left.  Mom said we needed to keep going; I made a mental note to check on the way home.

You can tell by this picture just how much I was enjoying our walk:

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At some point, we turned around to retrace our steps. And as noted...

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"Ha-lloooo?  Is anymousie home?!?"

I just knew there was a little field mouse in there!  Mom said I should just wish the mousie a good day and keep going. I hope he had a serene afternoon!

Mom likes this part of the Trail best:

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Not the best shot of me, but Dave and the Trail look great!

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"Thanks, Zim!  Let's keep going before Mom gets any crazy ideas!"

Good idea, Dave, but it was already too late - Mom wanted us to "sit and look at the camera".  

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"SQUIRREL!!!"

I could sit quietly and watch little squirrel friends all day!  No problem!  It's not like I was actually going to look at the camera, though - there was too much going on!

Then Mom asked Davy to sit by me.  He was all mopey, cuz he didn't want to sit, but I had plenty to amuse myself with!

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"Oh, Mom..."
"ANOTHER SQUIRREL!"

Then Dave got another one of his better ideas...

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"Take down!"

What fun!  A hike on the Trail AND a short but fun wrestling match!

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"I wonder where Mom keeps the credit card?"
"Yeah, we've got to order her another pair of new shoes!"

As you can see from the smiles on our faces, we just had a blast!

Thanks for coming with us - we hope these pictures helped you find a little bit of serenity and that all of you get to be hooked up and taken on a nice long adventure today!

Play bows,
Zim

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Shoes!

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave.  Our fun started yesterday when the FedEx Man showed up at the door with a pair of new shoes for Mom.  That was nice of him to get her some shoes, wasn't it?  Anyway, she tried them on and said they were really comfy new WALKING shoes and so how about we break them in by going for a nice walk!?!?  Mom really knows how to celebrate, doesn't she?!!?

The three of us headed out and were having all kinds of fun.  Zim and I were being really good - and then we got to the crest of this one hill:

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"It's just at the bottom of this hill, Zim!!!"

We could barely contain our excitement!  Do you know what's at the bottom of that hill?!?

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"We're almost there!!!"

See right by that orange biped crossing sign down there?  That's the entrance to the Hudson Trail!!!  This walk just could NOT get any better!!!

But then, we got to the entrance and Mom said, "No, no, boys.  Not that way!" and started pulling us away from the Trail.

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" ...  but ... but ... "

Look at how sad I look there! Oh, sure, Zim is smiling, but I think that's because he had sent Mom a mind-meld message of an even BETTER idea of where we should go - and I hadn't quite picked up on it yet.

Instead of turning RIGHT on the Trail like we love to do... we turned LEFT!!!

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It was almost too good to be true! We hadn't been that way in years! It was SO exciting!!!

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"WOO!"
"Now this is what I'M talking about!"

It was an incredible adventure!  We have tons of pix to show you - but don't want to overload you.  We'll pick up here tomorrow, OK?

I think we should buy Mom new shoes more often, given this outcome!  

Luv,
Dave

Friday, November 25, 2011

Photo (I Really Am in Here) Finish Friday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave, Guide Dog for the Color Blind!  Mom and I got some new, cool fabric in and I got to try it out before it went into the wash.  Look - here I am!

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Isn't that cool? What?

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You can't see me?!?  No... I really am in there!

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"Can you see me now?"

Is that any better?

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"Hello?"

I really am in those pictures!  Honest!  Maybe this is too good of a camouflage job!

Luv,
Dave, GDFTCB

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Psalm 107:1
"
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!"

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We give thanks to God for all of our blessings, small and large!  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Ao4 Headquarters!  

Play bows and luv,
Zim and Dave


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Squirrel Check!

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim.  Dave and I went on a great walk yesterday -- well, actually we love ALL of our walks, but we had some special fun yesterday and Mom had her iPhone with her, so we have some pix to share.  Come on along on our adventure, OK?

So... we were going on one of our normal routes that takes us past a place where I always, always have to check for squirrels.  You know, because you never know, right?

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Me, checking for squirrels in Squirrel Hollow

It's not really called Squirrel Hollow, but that's what Dave and I call it.

I didn't see a squirrel, but I knew there was one out there somewhere!

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"I sense one out there, too, Zim!"

Dave agreed.  We knew there was one around, we just hadn't spotted it yet!

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"Show yourself, little friend!"

I gave him a minute or two and then ...

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"There you are!  Hey, be careful up there, OK?"

He was WAY up high - check it out:

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It's not the best picture, since he was up so high and Mom only had the iPhone, but you get the idea! He was doing a high-wire act! I waited until he had safely jumped into a tree, then we walked on.

It was really cool seeing him.  We don't have any of his kin-folk right by our house, so Dave and I just love it when we do see one out on our walks.  Seeing a squirrel turns a "regular" walk into a wonderful adventure!  What special things do you love to see on your walks?

Play bows,
Zim

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yard Work

Ha roo, pups and cool cats.  It's me, Zim.  You've seen plenty of footage of what Dave likes to do in our backyard -- race around playing that "fetch" game.  Me?  I'm more into exploring, ignoring Mom, then eventually striking some poses.  These pix are from a couple weeks ago, but I thought you might like to see them.

This is me checking to see if The Bully Cat was over in her yard:

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"Hey, Maude!?  Are you over there?"

Unfortunately, she wasn't there.  While I was there under the Purple Ash tree, I thought I'd give Mom a chance to photograph my other side:

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"Can't ... hold ... still ... much longer ..."

All that posing really takes it out of a guy. Is this what the bipeds mean by "yard work"? I have to admit - it truly is exhausting!

Play bows,
Zim

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Serene Scenery Sunday - Super Snuggly Sunday!

Woo, everypup and everycat, it's me, Dave, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  This week, I thought you'd like to see one of the things that makes me feel the serenest.  Err... most serene.  Snuggle time!  I can snuggle under many different conditions, and I'd like to share some of those with you.

Here we have the basic snuggle with a foot tap:

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That's one of my favorite snuggle positions.  Sometimes, I toss in a foot hug:

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Both of those pix above are from our evening TV time - so please pardon the fuzziness of the photos.  (Of course, I am a fuzzy guy.  Ha woo.)  I also like to snuggle out on the deck, where it's a bit brighter:

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Getting back to TV time snuggles, here's a snuggle shot with some special effects tossed in; it's the head draped over the leg technique:

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I like the way the special effects bring out the freckles on my nose.  Mom usually massages those for me while we snuggle.  I love that!

Know what else I love?  Holding  paws  hands:

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I like holding hands at the vet hospital, too:

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Note I'm keeping an eye on my mom, to make sure she stays with me!  (Mom lets me bring one of our fluffy quilts with me to the vet's, so I'm comfy.)

Sometimes at home, I like to keep an eye on Mom while we snuggle, too:

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"Hi, Mom."

Ahhhh... nothing makes me feel quite serene as snuggling with my mom.  I think it does wonders for her, too.

I hope these different snuggle modes inspire you to try some variations of your own!

Luv,
Dave

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Quick Walk!

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave!  After lunch yesterday, Zim and I decided Mom should take us for another walk.  Oh, sure, we had already been on a few, but this is Autumn and in any season other than Summer, we go on a walk after lunch.  It's in the Siberian Handbook.  It doesn't matter how far we've already walked in the day.  Mom said we could go on a quick one.  (Ha woo...)

Here we are, heading down the street:

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Me and Zim

(Did you notice Mom made us new leashes and collars a while back? Pretty cool, huh?)

So, anyway, back to the walk. Here's Zim, flashing his million-dollar smile!

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"A quick walk beats no walk ANY day of the week!"

Does he look happy or what?!?  

Here's an action shot of him walking past Maude the Bully Cat's house:

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We didn't see her, but Zim looks for her every time we walk past!

We really didn't feel like going in when we got home - it was too quick of a walk, plus there were 45 mph wind gusts blowing SUCH interesting information all over the place!  We did our best to  bamboozle Mom into staying out there longer  do important stuff out there.  I helped get the mail out of the box, then lifted my snooter to the wind!

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"Do you smell that, Zimmie?!?"

Zim and I both checked the air:

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...or maybe we were checking for cats. I'm not sure. But we were striking poses so Mom would let us stay out there and turn the "quick walk" into a "short walk, long outing" kind of deal.

Check this one out:

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It's our "double-tough guy, going two ways" look.  Pretty cool, isn't it?

Zim thought he saw his friend Fluffy Black Cat over in her yard, so I thought I'd best guard his 6 against any sneak attacks by Maude TBC.

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Neither one of the cats came over - so we decided to take Mom back in the house.

Thanks for coming on our "quick walk" with us!

Luv,
Dave