Who We Are

Monday, May 17, 2021

Challenge Accepted!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags! So the other day, Ragnar and I were in Mom's Studio, helping out as we like to do -- you know, being Working Breed pups and all. Anyway, we were entertaining Mom with a round of zoomies when I stopped to check something out ... 

"Oh.  Hey.  This could be a fun route!"
"Uh, Mags?!?  I don't think you can really fit through there!"

"Can't fit."  HA!  Our mom is so funny.  Challenge accepted! And guess what?!? Not only can we fit through that opening, but we can fit through at the same time, going 100 miles per hour! And all without knocking anything over. Sure, Ragnar might have tried to jump onto Mom's lap a time or two, but no harm, no foul!  Besides, she likes to cuddle.

We certainly worked hard that day, my friends!  She's really fortunate to have us helping out.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sentry Sunday

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  I know some of you think that Maggie and I probably work way too hard in our mom's Studio -- and you're probably right.  But we are Working Breed pups, and we are ON THE JOB.  One of my favorite things is Sentry Duty.  Here I am, in action:

"I wonder if that bunny is still out there ..."
"I'm staying right here on duty!  No bunny will go un-stared at!!!"

We guard every part of the Studio!

"Zzz ..."
"❤️Oh, Ragnar!  Did you overdo, buddy?❤️"

I was just ... guarding Mom's chair for her.  Yeah, that's it.

It's hard work, but Mags and I are just the right pups for the job!


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Our Full Attention

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  The other day, Ragnar and I went on a little inspection tour of some work our mom and dad have been doing in the backyard.  It was pretty impressive, I must admit.  We even rewarded our mom with some killer poses!  Check this out:

"Yeah, whatever."
"You have my full attention, Mom.  Pretty much."

But then ... we spotted something.  And our "full attention" turned from the treats Mom was breaking into tiny pieces to ...

"Ragnar!  Bunny!"
"I see him!"
"No jumping off the retaining wall!!!!"

As if we would!

Well, yeah, OK, of course we would.  Knowing that, Mom took us up to the top of the yard and asked us to pose by the gate.

"I can't see him.  Can you see him?"
"No. Mom's in the way."
"Ooh!  Nice!  And right beside the Miss Kim Lilacs!"

We couldn't help it -- that bun still had our full attention!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  Our mom has a "no chasing bunnies" rule.  No wonder they like to hang out in our yard!

Friday, May 14, 2021


Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  We had a really great walk this morning - it was supposed to be all rainy and nasty out, but it was a beautiful, sunny morning!  When we got to the top of Grand Mère Trail, Mom needed to re-tie her shoes, so Mags thought she and I should hop up on the bench that's right there.  Mom, being ... Mom, thought she should take a few snaps of us.

"OOH!  Perfect!"
"Do you have treats!?!"
"She's got treats, alright.  I can smell them."
"Good puppies ... stay!"
"Oh, boy - cookies!"
"They'd best be the good kind!"

They WERE the good kind.  Broken in half, but still mighty tasty.  I'm glad Mags and I benched ourselves!


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Stepping It Up

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  Today, while Mom and Dad were getting their lunch ready, I was under Dad's chair and noticed Ragnar was under Mom's chair.  I thought it was time Ragnar and I stepped up our game and sent him a mind-meld message, "Double Chin Rest on 3!!  1 ... 2 ... 3!!!"

"We're professionals; do not try this at home."
"We did it, Mags!  We did it!  OK ... must ... concentrate!"

I'm so proud of Ragnar.  This isn't easy.

Yours sincerely, 
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Helping Drive

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Yesterday afternoon, Maggie and I were helping our mom a whole lot in her Studio ...

"Coming through!"
"Not if I can help it!"

   ... when I decided to try to hide from Mags  to ask Mom if I could help drive her machine.

"Hi, Mom.  Can I help drive the Bernina?!?  By the way, don't tell Mags where I--"
"HEY!  There you are!"
"I just step on this, right, Mom?"
"Well, that one goes to the Pfaff, but you can drive that one and I'll drive the Bernina, OK?"
"Ah, c'mom, Raggi!  Chase me!"
"I've got an important job to do here, Mags."
"The Pfaff isn't even turned on, bro."
"It was working a minute ago ..."
"Hey.  What the ... did someone just unplug my lamp?!?"
"I may have tripped over some cords.  Don't worry, I'm OK.
Now ...
chase me, Raggi!  You know you want to!"

I gave in and chased Mags for a while.   It seemed to make Mom happy; she said we were really helpful!  All in all, I'd say it was a very productive afternoon in the Studio!


Monday, May 10, 2021

Boooooo ...

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  This morning was another chilly, overcast day -- just perfect for a nice, long walk!  For some reason my mom refers to this weather as "unseasonably cold and gloomy", but Ragnar and I love it!  I thought Mom could use some cheering up, so I did one of my famous signature moves:

"Boooooooooo ..."
"❤️❤️ Oh, my Maggie!!! ❤️❤️"

Works like a charm!  She loves it when I boo at her.  Oh.  And Goldilocks -- I mean my mom -- had cookies, so I scored one each for Ragnar and myself for my efforts.

What a great day!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 09, 2021

During TV Time

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Ragnar and I did a lot of work yesterday - took our mom and dad on a nice, long walk, supervised them while they worked in the gardens (or maybe it was more like watched them through the windows ...), helped in the Studio, were on kitchen duty -- a mighty active day.  So last night while they watched a TV show that didn't interest either me or Raggi ...

"Zzz ..."
"Zzz ..."

 Yeah. Bor-ing. We need to find a good British mystery show!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Since you all seem to like my stories so much (Little Red and the Handsome Wolf and Alice in Wonderland), I thought I'd tell you another one.  This came to me on our walk this morning.  It's called "Goldilocks and The Three Bears", and it goes like this ...

Once upon a time, three bears were walking through the forest.  Well, maybe more like across a prairie, but whatever.  You've got the Papa Bear, the Mama Bear, and the Baby Bear.  And a photo-happy girl we'll call Goldilocks. 

"Hey, Baby Bear and Mama Bear!  Let me get a photo of you in the sunrise!" said Goldilocks.
"Fine," said Baby Bear, "but I'm not looking at the camera."
"I refuse to be called 'Mama Bear'. And I'm not looking, either,"
said the bear who made it known that she should henceforth be referred to as 'Bad A$$ Bear'.

At that point, Baby Bear decided he should be called "Viking Bear" ... but let's get back to our story ...

"How about a photo up here?" asked Goldilocks.

Viking Bear refused to look at Goldilocks, Bad A$$ Bear refused to look at Goldilocks, and Papa Bear was covered in shadows!

"Let's try another shot," suggested Goldilocks.
"Viking Bear - good boy!  But uh ... Bad A$$ Bear?  Papa Bear?"
"How's this, Goldilocks?" asked Viking Bear.
"Whatever," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Whatcha looking at, Bad A$$ Bear?" said Papa Bear.

Note that Viking Bear was being VERY good -- but we seem to have lost Bad A$$ Bear.  Then Goldilocks had an idea!

"How about a treat?!?" asked Goldilocks.
And she stuck her hand into the magic treat pouch.
"Oh.  Son of a -- I only have one!" exclaimed Old Mother Hubbard.  I mean Goldilocks.
"I can't even look at you, Goldilocks," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"You only have ONE?!?" remarked Viking Bear, as he peered at her out of the corner of his eye.

Goldilocks asked the three bears to pose anyway, but ...

"No way," said Viking Bear.
"No way," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"I can't believe you forgot to bring treats!" said the Papa Bear.

So the bears ate Goldilocks.

Just kidding.

Goldilocks swore up and down she'd make it up to everyone when they got back to  Ao4 Headquarters  their cottage.

"Heard that one before," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Really, Mo--uh, Goldilocks?" asked Viking Bear.
"I promise!  Treats for everyone!" said Goldilocks.
"Fine," said Bad A$$ Bear.  "But you owe us."
"We'll hold you to it," said Viking Bear.
"Let's go," said Papa Bear.
"This one's JUST RIGHT!" said Goldilocks.

So Goldilocks and the three bears walked home. Once there, Goldilocks was true to her word:

"The treat containers are right behind us, Goldilocks!" reminded the ever-helpful Viking Bear.
"Yeah.  Pay up," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Treats for everyone!" proclaimed Goldilocks.

And sure enough, when Papa Bear got in from hanging up Viking Bear's and Bad A$$ Bear's harnesses ...

"Here's your treat, Papa Bear!" said Goldilocks.
"Mmm, coffee!" exclaimed Papa Bear.

And they all lived happily ever after.

I hope you've enjoyed my story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears!


Friday, May 07, 2021

And Hold ...

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  After a hard afternoon of  napping  working in the Studio, it's important to get a good stretch in.

"Ready to go upstairs, pups?"
"Strrrrrettttttcccchhh ... and hold ..."
"Keep it down, you two. I'm still working."

Then it's time to go upstairs and help make dinner.  There may be cheese that needs to be taste-tested.  You never know.


Thursday, May 06, 2021


 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Mags and I have had a busy morning, and a busy week, and knowing that we have a busy weekend ahead of us ...


... I thought I should rest up. 


Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Alice In Wonderland

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  As you know, the other day Maggie suggested that I tell the story of Alice In Wonderland.  Or as she put it, "Aventures d'Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles."  I thought it was a challenge worth accepting, and had a go at it.

"OK, um ... Aventures d'Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles ..."

Then I realized our copy of the book is in French.  I'm pretty sure I don't speak much French.  I was hoping there were a lot of pictures.

The book is definitely about a girl named Alice.  She goes on some kind of adventure and ...

"Oooh!  Bunny!"

... runs across some very different-looking characters.  That bun, for instance, looked like he plays trumpet in a jazz band or something.  Very odd.  I continued leafing through the book:

"GREAT DANE IN THE MORNING!  Look at the size of that cat!"

Sorry.  That cat was pretty freaky, I must say. No offense to any kit-cats out there.  He had this eerie grin on his face ... and his eyes follow you everywhere!

"That can't be right.  I need a better source.  Maybe an audible book!"

The whole "audible book" thing sounded like a great idea.  I listened to what I was pretty sure was like the Cliffs Notes version of Alice then reported back to Mags.

"OK, back me up here, Mom.
Alice trips out on some whacky mushrooms or something
and runs into all these weird creatures like a hookah-smoking caterpillar,
a huge bunny, an even bigger cat,
and a queen who's all 'off with her head!'.  Right?"

Mom:  "Umm ... well ..."
"Have you two been listening to 60s rock again?  Maybe a little Jefferson Airplane?"

"Maybe.  Right, Mom?"
Mom: "
❤️❤️ Ragnar. ❤️❤️"

I think it's close enough.  And they all lived happily ever after.


Monday, May 03, 2021

To Pose Or Not To Pose ...

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Wasn't that a sweet photo Ragnar shared yesterday?!?  When we're ready, we do very nice poses all on our own, without Mom asking.  And then sometimes when she does ask, we just aren't feeling it, so ...  

"Hmm ... to pose or not to pose ..."
"... that is the qu--OOH!  The neighbors are out!"

Yeah. We weren't really in the mood.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Yesterday morning, after our walk TO SEE THE HORSES, Maggie and I  messed around   helped Mom in the backyard for a bit.  On our way back in, we stopped and did this:

Me and Mags

It made Mom feel very serene. We thought it might make you feel the same way.  Have a great Sunday!


Saturday, May 01, 2021

Nice Surprise!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  Ragnar and I took our mom and dad on a nice, long walk this morning!  We did a loop around the Kansas State University football stadium and the Vet School, then headed back toward home.  We had already hit the 6 mile mark when we smelled something incredible!  Ragnar was the first to smell it - then I did.  Finally, Mom and Dad saw what had us all pumped up -- there were HORSES in CiCo Park!!!

You know we love cows -- but wow, horses are even better!  I knew Mom and Dad were getting tired, so I didn't think we'd be able to go over to the park to see them.  Ragnar REALLY wanted to, though, and ... well ... let's just say Dad has a really hard time saying "no" to either one of us!  

We crossed over the big street and headed into the park, then got a good look at our new friends!

"The park's FULL of horses, Ragnar!"
"I told you I smelled them, Mags!"

Since we're calm around horses, Mom and Dad let us get closer to where all the action was.  Ragnar was thrilled!

"Hi, lady!  That's a beautiful horse you've got there!"

We were curious to see what all was going on, so we walked down to the fairgrounds/arena area.

"I think they're having a horse meeting down here, Mags."
"Must be a show of some sort, Raggi.  Let's check it out."

We watched by the fence for a while.  There were people riding, people making their horses go in circles, they were doing all kinds of cool stuff!  We especially liked this guy:

"Hi, horse!  Good luck with whatever you're doing!"
"Yeah!  And to your little cowboy there, too!"

Sure, it tacked on about another 3/4 of a mile or so to an already long walk, but it was HORSES!  What a great day!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

PS:  For the record, if we were the excitable sort or barked or did other things that would excite the horses, Mom and Dad wouldn't have let us go over there.  We don't want to cause issues for any of the participants at the event!

Friday, April 30, 2021

We're Related

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  On our walk yesterday, Mom and Dad hadn't really planned to walk up to the hills above Colbert Hills, but Mags and I really wanted to. When we got to the top, we did this:

"Yay, we're at the top!"
"What an awesome hill!!!"
❤️ Good puppies!!!! ❤️❤️ "

Tell me that's not worth the climb! 

Later in the walk, Mom asked Mags and me to pose. I was still feeling really happy so ...

"I'm so happy!  Isn't this great?"
"Raggi!  Do your serious look!"
"OK, sorry, Mags.  Is this better?"

Mom said she can definitely tell we're related. I wonder what she means by that?


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Aventures d'Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  While Mom was quilting away the other day and Ragnar was working on his Pickle, I browsed around the Library a bit and found something interesting.

"Aventures d'Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles.  Huh."

It's Alice In Wonderland. Only en français, as they say.  You know ... Ragnar did such a great job explaining Little Red Riding Hood, I think he should tackle Alice next. 

"I think this is a great idea!"

 What do you think?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, April 28, 2021