Who We Are

Saturday, March 06, 2021

New Job

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Ragnar and I took on a new job this morning.  It would seem our dad had to make a video for this committee he sits on - and naturally, we are in it.  Mom is the videographer, and on one of the takes, she hit "photo" instead of "video" (good help is SO hard to find!).  She said we could share that with all of you today. Here we are: 

Me, Dad, and Ragnar at The Top Of The World.  Dad's the tall one.

 It was hard work; we did about 125 takes. With the exception of one time when I did the "shakey-shake" during our walk, Ragnar and I were perfect! I mean ... we ARE Working Breed Dogs, so we're used to this sort of thing.  We thoroughly enjoyed our new job - especially because at one point Mom tosses an apple to Dad for him to catch.  When we were done filming, Ragnar and I got a bite of said apple!  A fun, new job AND payment!!!  It was GREAT!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Friday, March 05, 2021

Friday Meeting

 Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Ragnar and I are having our Friday meeting.

"Can I help you?"
"Hi, Mom."

Or we WERE until the paparazzi interrupted.  Sigh.  Sometimes it's just so hard to get anything done around here!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Just Checking

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Today, we did one of our regular routes on our walk -- the "Anneberg Plus" route, as Mom calls it.  What's the "plus"?  Check it out:


I just LOVE crossing that bridge!  The first time I went over it, Mom called me a "really good boy!" and I really liked that ... so now I like crossing the bridge.  Besides, we have an important mission to perform while we cross.

"Remember to check for trolls, Ragnar!"
"I don't see any over here, Mags!"
"This side's clear!"
"Same over here!"

We HAVE to check.  I mean ... you just never know, right?!?  And now we can certify that all of Anneberg Park is safe from trolls, thanks to Maggie and me.  No charge.  We're Working Breed Dogs.


Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Another New Trail?!?!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Today we found another new-to-us trail!  It was so awesome!

We thought we were going on one of our regular routes - behind the fire house, up into Colbert Hills, into BelleRagnar, behind the apartments in Meridan to check the view -- a simple 4-5 mile route.  But ... there we were, behind the apartments ...

"Look at how pretty the hills look today!"
"Yeah, BelleRagnar was fun, but I like the wide open prairie better than housing areas!"

I thought we were going to get back on the big street and head right - back toward Ao4 Headquarters - but Dad said we should go left!  And something about "trying it today" and "if it's not too muddy" and ... basically that's all I heard.  Let's GO!!!

It was just like one of our normal routes, but then at the church, Mom and Dad said to turn again!  We've never turned at the church!

"Best behavior, Ragnar; God's watching."
"I thought He was always watching ..."

He had a point there!  Anyway, we had seen sort of narrow trails from down below, and Dad proposed that we go behind the church and find where they start -- see if we could go exploring!  What a great idea, huh?!?

We found a little entry point, and Ragnar and Mom led the way.

"It's mud, but frozen mud, Mom!  Ooh!  Rock!  Don't trip!"
"Thanks, Ragnar!"

It was in the 20s when we left the house, so the ground was still nice and frozen.  Mom and Dad thought it was the perfect day to go exploring.  Did I agree?  Here's my answer:


Seriously.  I can't even tell you how exciting it was up there!  So many smells, so much climbing -- it was awesome!

Let's see how Raggi's doing:

"I'm having a blast, too, Mags!"

It wasn't really a trail, per se, more like someone had driven a truck or a 4-wheeler over the prairie and smooshed the grasses down.  Plus, there were deer trails.  THAT was mighty exciting, too!  Anyway, Mom's calling this the "Colbert Hills Ridge Trail".  I call it FUN!!!

Mom loves this shot of me:


It warmed up quickly out there - it may have hit 40 before we got home.  Mom and Dad were peeling off hats and gloves!

Here's one last look at us out on the trail:

"This is the best, Raggi!"
"Absolute best, Mags!"

It ended up being 7 miles, almost right on the nose.  Longer than we'd planned on, but not bad! 

If you'd like to see some of the landscape shots Mom took, please click here to visit an album on FlickR.  Thanks for joining us!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Monday, March 01, 2021

Serene Walk, Part 2

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar, here with the second part of our walk from yesterday!  When Maggie left off, we were just about to go up a new-to-us trail!  It was so exciting!  Here we are:

"This is so awesome!"
"It's the BEST, Mags!"
"Nice, wide walkway!"
"Mom, are you having as much fun as we are?!?"

It was a very long, hilly walk, but I think you can see the smile on my face in the photo above.  Check out Maggie in this next shot:

"Show everyone how happy you are, Mags!"
"I'm having a BLAST!!!"

It was in the 30s -- not too hot for Mags and me and not too cold for Mom and Dad.  It was PERFECT!

"And the whole thing is uphill!"
"I know Mom likes that!"
"I'm thinking about the view we'll get at the top!"

Speaking of which -- here we are at the top of the trail!

"Check this out, Raggi!"
"Look at that VIEW!!!"

It was pretty cool!  If you look way out on the horizon and see a sort of light blue blob -- that's the water tower very near to our house!  Here's a shot on the way back down the trail:


"Let's head back down!"
"I can see for miles up here!"

I helped Mom take this shot on the way down the hill; it's very Kansas-y:


"This has been one awesome walk!"
"We need to make this one of our regular routes!"
"Yay, downhill!!!"

Thanks for coming along with us!  It was so fun going somewhere new!


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Serene Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Today we had a walk so awesome, so long, that it's going to take a couple days to fill you in!  We went on what we thought would be a regular Anneberg Park walk, BUT not only did we cross Ragnar's favorite bridge, we went WAY up into the hills.  It. Was. Awesome!  I'll try to just stick to the highlights. 

First, we got to go on Hudson Avenue to get there -- that's where that stone wall is that I showed you the other day! I hopped right up:

"Hey, Ragnar!  Check it out!"
"You look so cool, Mags!"

Mom tried to get a shot of my dismount, but she missed.

"Here I come, Raggi!"

So much fun!

Anneberg was pretty empty, except for a few runners.

"This is so awesome!"
"I don't even think we're getting muddy today!"

Not to ruin the serenity, but we got so muddy yesterday, we both had to get showers when we got home.  That's OK - it was totally worth it.  In a few days, I'll tell you about the mud I jumped in.  So much fun!

As soon as we rounded this one curve on the Anneberg Perimeter Trail, Raggi pulled to go toward the bridge.  He LOVES going over that thing!

"Mom and Dad said, 'Yes,' Ragnar!  Oooh.  I hear geese under the bridge!"
"BRIDGE!  We get to cross the BRIDGE!!!"

In case you're wondering, here's what it looks like on the other side of the bridge:

"Happy, Ragnar?"
"So happy, Mags!"

Beyond that there is a housing development.  We've done some exploring in there, but today, we went all the way through it and came to this path:

"WOW!  How cool is this?!?!"
"Boldly going where no Ao4 Sibes have gone before!"

Dad had discovered the path last week and thought that when we were in the mood for a really long walk (it ended up being 7.38 miles), we could take that path!  We did -- and we'll share those pix with you starting tomorrow!

Thanks for coming on our cool adventure with us -- please tune in for more tomorrow.  I hope you're feeling the serenity!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Trying Out The Treadmill

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  The other morning, after our walk and after Mom did her workout, I thought I'd give the treadmill a try.  You know, Maggie tried it a little while ago and I like to try everything she tries ... so I thought the time had come.

I went into the workout room and hopped right up.  Being the wonderful big sister that she is, Mags came in to check on me.

"Hey! How's it going in here?  Breaking into a pant yet?"
"No.  I'm not really feeling it."

"I'm pretty sure you have to have a quilt tutorial or some music playing on the iPad."
"Oh.  Oh, right.  I forgot."

Mom put some music on for me, but still ... nothing.

"Also, I think you're on it backwards."
"OK.  Lemme turn around."

"This is a breeze, Mags."
"Dang.  We must be SUPER fit!  Mom's usually a sweaty mess by now!"

I might try it again, but really, it wasn't much of a workout.  I prefer really long walks or doing zoomies with Maggie.


Friday, February 26, 2021

Beam Me Up!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags! Yesterday, we had all kinds of exciting things happen! We walked to Anneberg Park, which we haven't done in quite a while, we got to see those DEER that Ragnar told you about, and we got to take a different way home. (Something about the road dirt we got all over our feety-feet that you can probably see in the last shot of us from yesterday ... whatever.) Oh.  And getting our feet washed when we got home ... but that's not really a highlight, if you ask me.  Anyway, since we took a different way back, I decided to make things even more interesting!

"This is so cool!  It's like I'm doing agility or something!"

Ao4 legend has it that great-brother Zim used to always jump up on this wall when he walked this route -  and he'd strut down it like he was on a balance beam. All I know is Zimmie was MIGHTY fun, and so was jumping up on the wall. I might have to make a habit of it! 

Yours sincerely, 
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Breaking News!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  We were going to post about something altogether different today, but WOW, did we have some excitement on our walk this morning!  Mags said it qualifies as BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!

We were heading to Anneberg Park, and were going through one of our neighboring subdivisions when this guy stopped his truck right by us. We thought maybe he was just going to chit-chat about me and Maggie like some people do, but NO! He told us there were FIVE DEER in the next yard over!


They were right in that tree line - can you see them?!?  Mom zoomed in with her iPhone for these shots:


Look all the way to the right, between two trees!  You can see deer #5!!!

Mom got a bit closer, while Dad held both leashes.  She shot this short video:

To play on YouTube, please click here.

We sure wanted to go play with those deer!  They were mighty fast, though!  Mags and I did our best to try to catch up with them.

"Let's hurry!  Maybe we can catch them!"
"I'm so excited, Mags!!"

We never did catch up with them; Mom and Dad seemed to be dilly-dallying. I'm not sure why.  Mom also seemed to keep saying something about being thankful for a "good grip" and "strong leashes and harnesses".  Whatever.  All I know is it was AWESOME!

This has been a BREAKING NEWS REPORT from Ao4 Headquarters!


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Photos On The Trail

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  This morning, we had lots and lots of sunshine on our trail walk.  When we started our climb to The Top Of The World, Mom thought she had the perfect shot lined up -- Mags and I paused and looked at her, the sun was beaming down on us ... and just when she was ready to click ...

"Hey, what's over there??"
"Somebody's off to our south ..."
"You GUYS!"
"Yeah, they're walking the other way, though."
"Oh, come on, you two!"

And just as Mom called an "I give up" ...

"Our work here's done, Mags."
"Awesome job, Ragnar!"

What a great, great walk!

(Oh, c'mon.  She got a nice action shot!)


Monday, February 22, 2021

Our Happy Place

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  We all have a "happy place", right?  Ragnar and I have definitely decided ours is on the trails around The Top Of The World!  Check this photo from this morning's walk:

"Is this great or WHAT, Raggi?!?"
"This is the BEST, Mags!"

 Up at the top, I was kind of in my Zen Zone:

Me, looking serious, but SO much at peace!

And Ragnar was so happy up there, he was prancing around like a show puppy!

Ragnar, strutting his stuff!

We had the best time this morning!  Where is your happy place?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Stare-Down

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Maggie and I are doing this today:


Mom will figure out what we want shortly. 


Saturday, February 20, 2021


 Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  FINALLY!  Finally this morning, we were able to go on one of our "normal" walks!  It was AWESOME!  We got to walk the whole Hudson Trail, then up to The Top Of The World.

Here we are, starting down the trail; it was still snowy there, which was lovely!

"Ah!  This is great, isn't it, Ragnar?!?"
"Perfect, Mags!"

It was in the low 20s when we headed out, but a lot of our snow disappeared yesterday.  Out on the open trail, there was even less snow:

"It feels so good to be out on a long walk again!"
"I wish there was more snow, though!"

I did, too, but whatcha gonna do?  We stepped in as much snow as we could.

Here we are up at The Top Of The World:

Raggi and me

Once back down on the lower trails, we opted to take one of the eastern legs of the trail.  There was a nice, shaded area there where the snow hadn't disappeared, which made Ragnar and me very happy!  AND ...

"Mags!  I see something up there!"

You can even tell by his ear radar that he had spotted something interesting, can't you?!?  

"What is it, Raggi!?!"
"Not sure yet!  It's something, though!"

Whatever it was (bunny?  deer?  coyote?  birdie?) ran off before we could find it.

"It's the leashes, Raggi.  Without the leashes, we would have had it!"
"What would we do with it if we caught it?"

He had a good point there.  I have no idea.  Play with it?  I have no idea!  We did meet two really handsome boys on the trail - a Great Pyrenees named Grover and a Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix named Sam.  They were very nice and it was fun to make new friends!

Thanks for coming with us!  It was so great to finally get out on a "real" walk today!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher