Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Today is February 29th - and you know what that means!

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"Hey, Cammie!  Check this out!"
"Oh, MY!"

Even Snoopy's doing it!


Happy Leap Day, everybody!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with a super dose of serenity to kick off your Sunday.  Are you ready?  Take a look!

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"What a great morning!"

What?  Well, yeah.  There I was, playing with a stuffie, and it exploded!  It was AWESOME!

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"Seriously.  Like it's never happened to you and you didn't love it!"

YES, I consider that serene!  Plenty serene.  Are you kidding?  OK, maybe along the lines of "one man's bait is another man's banquet" ... or "one man's trash is another man's treasure" ... or "one Sibe's playtime is someone else's reason to use the vacuum" ... no, wait.  That one might not fit here.  Whatever.  The point being that what is serene to one of us, might not be to others - but I found that fleeting 2-3 minutes totally serene!

I.  Had.  A blast!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  Note from my mom:  I was by her side the whole time, watching like a hawk.  She was a VERY good puppy and did not swallow any stuffing, canvas, thread, or the SQUEAKER.  As long as she rips and spits everything out, I'm totally happy with this.  Serene, even.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Before The Speech

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie filled you in on how helpful we were in Mom's Studio the other day.  As she mentioned, before she shared her political views with me, we engaged in a lovely round of Crazed River Otter Games.  Actually, it was more like Sweet, Subdued River Otter Games, but it was fun nonetheless.

It all started when ...

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"I'm bored."
"Do you want my pickle, Cam?  I know you've got the red KONG somewhere; I'll trade!"

The red KONG really doesn't interest me -- unless Mom puts something in it.  And no offense to Mags, but a pickle on its own doesn't do much for me, either.  I had something else in mind.  Something that went like ... this:


If that doesn't play, please click here to view on YouTube.

MUCH more fun than toys! I think it helped me to focus and take in all of Maggie's points during her political address, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Cammie!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Political Speech, Etc.

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  The other day, Cam and I went down to Mom's Studio to help her with a new project.  Remember a little bit ago, we showed you the new pink and green leashes she made?  She decided we needed new leads to go with our purple and blue harnesses, too - ones that match!

Mom got busy with this:

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... And we got busy, as well, with a rousing round of Crazed River Otter Games. It was awesome. Mom took a short vid - we'll probably share it tomorrow. Anyway, afterwards, we took a short break. I thought it would be the perfect time for me to deliver one of my very important political speeches. Here's a short clip -- it was my closing arguments.


If that won't play for some reason, please enjoy it at this link on YouTube.

Once I had delivered my full address, both Cam and I were ready for a short break.

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Mom seemed to get a lot done during that short recess, and before we knew it, she was calling out, "Hey, girls! Check it out!"

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All done!

For the record, I have no idea why she doesn't get more done during my speeches or while we're playing Crazed River Otter Games!

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New leashes to match our cool CTC Dog Gear Harnesses!
Info on dog tags blurred for security reasons

We've already tested them out and everything. They're nice and strong. The more leashes we have, the more walks we get to go on -- right?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Huddle Up!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie and I have been very busy lately, so we thought we'd do some of this today.

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Well, no - not nap!  We're ... in a meeting. Yes.  That's it! A meeting!

Cammie!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Keep It Short Wednesday

Greetings to all.  It's me, Maggie.  I just want to show you a quick look at the friend I made at the KSU Rodeo.  I met him on the second day we went ...

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"Greetings!  You're sure a nice horsie!  Want to be friends?"
"Umm... OK."

I stayed nice and calm (and so did he) - and he came closer.

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"I'm Polargold's Margaret Thatcher, but you can call me Mags."
"Hay, Mags."

I loved having him come close!  We both remained nice and calm, and exchanged pleasantries for a bit.  When it was time for Cam and me to continue on our walk ...

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"Kiss-kiss!"
"

What can I say?  If you really like someone, you should let him know!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Back To The Rodeo!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Did everyone enjoy our great walk yesterday, where we stopped by to see some of the horses at the K-State Rodeo!?  I hope so, because we got to go back!

My first stop was to see my friend with the heart on his forehead! He was happy enough to see me, but ...

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"Chomp, chomp... hi, Cam ... chomp ..."

 ... he was having breakfast, so I didn't want to disturb him.

This horse and I seemed to hit it off:

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"Hello!"

I like all of his tiny freckles!

Outside, we saw these guys having a meeting:

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And also saw something quite astonishing!

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The very rare Two-Headed Horse!

Moving right along ...

We stopped by this pen and looked closely at who was inside.

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"Hey, Maggie!  Look at all of those guys!"
"Oh, yeah, Cam.  Not just horses today!"
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"It's a bunch of bull!  I mean bulls..."
"Ha roo woo roo!"
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"Mmmmmoooo!"
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"Well, he didn't have to use THAT kind of language!  It was just a joke."

Anyway, it was a great trip back to the park!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when Maggie will show you a VERY special friend she made!

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"I can't wait!"
"Me, neigh-ther!"

Cammie!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Great Walk!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  We had a WONDERFUL weekend - except for the weather (sunny and in the upper 70s; we'd prefer snowing and in the 20s ... )  Mom and Dad, however, seemed rather thrilled about the weather, so we spent tons of time outside.  We did like that part - especially the walks we took!

Saturday, we walked to the park.  We normally love going to the park, and this time it was even better!  The walk started out like any other great walk - a little bit of this:

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"Ha ROO!"
"Ha roo to YOU!"

... and a little bit of this:

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Crazed River Otter Game in process

We didn't think we were going quite as far as the park, or we might have toned that down a bit. Maybe. Or maybe not.

Anyway, when we got to the park, we took a little water break. I let Mags go first:

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"This is so great, Mom!  What an awesome walk!"

Then Mom said it was about to get even better.

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"Better?!?  Really?!?"
"Yeah, Mom!  How could it get better?!?" 

That's when it hit our noses! The K-State Rodeo was going on - and the park was teeming with horses!

Because we are very calm and quiet around horses (Mags and I were raised around horses, back in our homeland of Missouri), Mom and Dad let us go over to one of the buildings where the horses were resting to see if any of them would like to meet us. I waited by the side ...

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"Hello?  Would any horse like to meet a sweet, gentle Siberian?"

... and sure enough, someone came over to meet me. Mom may have fallen in love with my new friend. Here he is:

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My new friend!

That's right - he had a heart on his forehead. Is that adorable, or what? Anyway, he was very friendly. After a bit of sniffing, I said I'd try to swing by Sunday to see him again. (More on that tomorrow!)

There was another group of horses out getting some sun -

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We sat and watched them for a few minutes:

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"This has turned into SUCH an awesome adventure!"
"You can say that again!"

What an AWESOME walk to the park! We did get to go back the next day; we'll fill you in on that tomorrow!

We hope you enjoyed coming to the park with us! We love it when the rodeo is in town!

Cammie!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone.  This week, for Serene Scenery Sunday, we are sharing some of the photos Mom took yesterday out at Tuttle Creek State Park.  Are you ready to go birding?

Let's start out big, with some Bald Eagles! Mom and her friend saw a mating pair - one on the nest:

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There is a good chance he's sitting on some eggs in there!

... and one nearby, guarding and hunting:

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"I think I'll bring home a little sushi for lunch ..."

Needless to say, Mom was beyond serene and into being thrilled; she loves seeing the Bald Eagles!

She also photographed a lot of tiny birds!  Let's take a look at what was in the woods!

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"Did someone say, 'tiny birds'?"

That little Yellow-Rumped Warbler teased Mom for a bit, then struck a lovely pose:

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

This next bird is quite possibly one of the best camouflaged birds ever - the Brown Creeper!

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Look just off center, to the left!

He was tiny, the color of tree bark, and a good 20 feet away!

This little birdie was playing peek-a-boo!

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"Can't see me ... I'm behind a tree!"

He finally came out from his hiding place, where Mom could ID him as an American Goldfinch and to get a better shot of him!

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"Yeah?  How YOU doin'?" 

Out playing in the thick brush by one of the beaver-made ponds, Mom saw these different sparrows:

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American Tree Sparrow

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Song Sparrow

Finally, down by the river, Mom watched the gulls for a bit.

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Ring-Billed Gull

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Ring-Billed Gull with fish!

Mom had a lovely time. We hope you enjoyed her photos and that they bring some serenity to your Sunday!

Cammie!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Introductions

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  We'd like to introduce you to some friends of ours today!

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"Let's go, everybody!"
"This is so exciting!"

You're coming, aren't you? Just a little further!

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"Hi, girls!"
"Ha roo, Murphy!"
"Hello!"

No, actually not our neighborhood friend Murphy - we just thought the photo would fit with the post! It's our friends at The Daily Echo! Just like Maggie and I are continuing the tradition of the Army of Four Digest that our great-brothers and great-sisters started, our friends Shyla, Shanuk, and Melee (Echo's Melee!) are recommencing The Daily Echo!

Please drop by and say hello to everyone - or as Echo himself liked to say, "everybuddy" - at The Daily Echo!

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"Wouldn't it be nice if we could stop by in person?!?"
"That would be awesome!  I think Melee and I would have one TON of fun together!"

It's always fun to make new friends!

Cammie!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Photo Finish Friday

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  This week, for Photo Finish Friday...

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"Hello?"

Seriously. What's a girl got to do to get some ear rubbies around here?

Cammie!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

New Towel? Or ...

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  A few weeks ago, our buddy Oz had a giveaway for a cool, new towel by Luv and Emma.  We were the lucky winners of a Dry Pets Plus super absorbent microfiber towel!  It just came in and we couldn't wait to show it to you!

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"It feels nice and soft!"
"I know what we can use this for!"

I meant "in addition to toweling us off".  Check it out:

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"There's no need to fear!  Super Mags is here!" 

What do you think?

Anyway, it's a really cool towel AND cape!  It even has a stretchy hole on both ends, so you can loop it over a door knob to dry -- or just to keep it handy when you come inside!  Very cool - I know we'll get a lot of use out of this!

Thanks, Oz!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Box!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  There are some crazy things going on here on the west side of town lately!  It all started the other day when we saw that one box out in the wild.  We told you about that one, remember?  Things got even wilder a day or so later!

We were walking up the hill by the big road...

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"What a great day to be in Kansas, huh, Cam?"
"Beautiful!"

Then I saw it!  In the drain that runs into Little Kitten Creek!

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"A BOX?!?!?"

It was a box, alright!  And it was trapped!

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"I've got to get it out of there!"

Some ne'er-do-well had tossed out this poor, unsuspecting box and it ended up in the drainage pipe!  What kind of fate is that for a box?!?!

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"Hang on, box!  I'm coming for you!"

I tried, but I couldn't get to it.  It could have been the steep bank, it could have been the mud in the drain, it could have been my leash and Dad saying, "No", but at any rate, I was unable to reach the box.

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"Don't worry; I'll send help."

I made a metal note to call someone about it when we got home.  I wasn't sure who ... maybe a Boxer rescue group?

I was still lamenting the poor box, stuck in the drainage pipe and all, when we got up to the shopping area.  Cam, being the stellar sister that she is, took it upon herself right then to help me take my mind off of it.

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"C'mere, you little crazed river otter!"
"Ummpphhffff!" 

She's the b-e-s-t!!!!

I'm still a bit worried about the box, though.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher