Who We Are

Sunday, July 31, 2022

It's My Birthday!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags! Guess who is turning 9 today?!!? That's right - me and my litter-mate sisters!
Me!  Polargold's Margaret Thatcher
Nine years old, still rockin' the head tilt!

I hope everyone will join in our celebration! Ragnar and I already went on a nice walk, and later have plans for zoomies, Snooter Jousting, aircraft carrier landings, and playing with toys!  Let the treats flow!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, July 30, 2022

I Tried!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Mom and Dad finally finished watching that show I told you about (the one without enough horses in it) last night. I tried, I really TRIED to watch it, but ...
"I ... uh ... zzz ..."

It wasn't a bad show ... just not my bowl of kibble.  Needs more horses.


Friday, July 29, 2022

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Who else is glad it's finally Friday!?! We've had workers at Ao4 Headquarters all week, which means doors opening all the time -- which means Ragnar and I had to keep Mom and Dad on lead in the house. Safety first and all that, but wow, did that cut back on daytime zoomies! At least we got our walks in.

This morning, we took a minute to strike a nice pose beside the Kansas Ocean:
Me and Raggi, catching a cool ocean breeze!

We thought it would be great for Photo Finish Friday!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wait A Sec!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Mags and I were entertaining each other with zoomies and some Snooter Jousting while Mom and Dad watched some boring show on TV last night. I mean, it wasn't a murder mystery (Mags' favorite) or a western (my fave) but then ...
"Wait a sec!  I hear horses!!!"

Sadly, the horses played a very small role in the show. We went back to Snooter Jousting.


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

But ...

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We headed out on our walk this morning and started toward the park, but then we turned north on Hudson Trail ...
"We could have just checked to see if there are any stragglers!  Just a horse or two ..."
"Yeah.  What's the harm in that?!?"
"Trust us; there aren't any more farm animals in the park, you guys!!!"

Mom and Dad know we're going to want to keep checking.  You just can't be too sure!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, July 25, 2022

The Party's Over

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. All of our friends are gone from the park now, so Ragnar and I are doing what we do as Working Breed dogs.

"Zzz ...๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿด๐Ÿ ...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ... zzz ..."

"Zzz ... ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ... ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐Ÿด ... zzz ..."

It's been such a blast seeing everyone!  We can't wait 'til next year's rodeo!

Yours sincerley,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hi everybody. It's me, Ragnar. Sadly, the rodeo ended last night, but there were still a few animals around this morning. Mags and I hustled to the park to spend any time we could with our friends!

This little bull came over to the fence to see us:
"Hi!  How did you do last night?!"
"You're sure friendly!"
"H'lo, pups!"

And today we saw GOATS! They're here for the fair, not the rodeo. Their people don't like us to get too close, so we stood back a bit. Can you see them in there?
"Look, Mags!  GOATS!"
"There are piggies in there, too!  I can smell them!"

We also heard chick-hens, roosters, turkeys, and ducks!  Talk about exciting!

And lastly, we went over to see our friends the sheep!
"Hello, sheeps!"
"Hello, friends; we're glad you're still here!"

I hope we see everybody again next year - their visit made for a VERY serene few days for us!


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Snooter Jousting At The Rodeo?!?

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Once again today, we took our Mom and Dad to see our new friends at the park. Today is the last day of the rodeo, and we wanted to make sure we got a good visit in!

We saw our cow puppy friends:
"Hey, Mags.  This little brown one wouldn't take up any room in the bed at all!"

Our sheep friends:
"Hey!  How are ewe all doing today?!?"
"Ha woo.  'Ewe'.  Get it?!?"
"Yeah, we get it.  That was pretty baaaad."

And of course our horse friends:
Me and one of our horse friends

There was also some Snooter Jousting! No, not by us -- check it out:
"... and BOOM!"
"Ha!  Parry right!"

Who knew there was a Snooter Jousting event at the rodeo?!!? How cool is that?!?!
"Are you two having fun?"
"You better believe it, Mom!  And that's no bull!"
"Maybe we should enter the Snooter Jousting event next year, Mags!"

Another great day at the rodeo!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 22, 2022

Joking Around At The Park

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Three guesses where we went for our morning walk today! Everybody guessed "to the park", right?!?!  And we had a BLAST!!!

It was just awesome! Lots more animals were there today, to include SHEEP!!!  They were making a lot of noise when we came up, so we asked what was going on.  They said they were telling horse jokes ...

"Hello, sheeps!  We love jokes!"
"Yeah, let us in on it!"
"OK ... what do you call a horse who likes to stay up late?"

"Umm ... a horse who stays up late ... we don't know.  What?"
"A night mare."
"Ha woooo!  Good one, sheeps!"

Who knew sheep were so funny?!? We could have hung out with them all day! I was anxious to meet more new friends, though! There were lots more bulls there today:


And my favorite -- HORSES!!!


We went over to the fence to see if any-horse wanted to meet us. This guy really liked Maggie:
"H'lo, little pup!"
"Hello, friend!"

I walked a bit further down and struck up a conversation with this horse:

"Hay, Ragnar!"
"Hi, Horsie!  Did you know - the sheeps told us a horse joke?!?"
"They wouldn't have told you if you were Border Collies; you would have already 'herd'  it."
"Ha!  'Herd it'!  I've gotta go tell that one to Mags!  See you again tomorrow, OK?"

Funny sheeps AND funny horses!!!  I don't think it gets much better than that!  We can't wait to go back tomorrow!


Thursday, July 21, 2022

When Your Heart's Not In It

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Yesterday, Mom asked Ragnar and me to pose by the Black-Eyed Susans, but ...
"Not feelin' it, Mom."
"Sigh ..."

... yeah. Our hearts just weren't in it! So first thing this morning, Mom and Dad took us exactly where they knew we wanted to go!
"I hope we're here early enough!"
"Yeah, I think we beat the crowds!"

Ragnar made friends with this very large horse:
"Hullo, lil' pup!"
"Hello, horsie!"

"I think he really likes you, Ragnar!"
"He's really cool, isn't he?!?"

And I was captivated by these cow puppies!!!
"One of you wouldn't take up much more room in the bed than Raggi, would you!?!"
"We're not getting you a cow, Mags.  Sorry."

We also saw and heard some chick-hens today! What an exciting time of year -- how can anyone focus on anything else?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Close-In Support

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. This afternoon, I'm providing close-in support for my mom down in the Studio.
"I'm here for you, Mom.  Hey!  You're coming right back, aren't you?!?"
"Umm ... Ragnar?"

I get as close as possible.  It's not as easy as it looks; she does a lot of running around down there!  But remember, I'm a Working Breed Dog!!!
"Got it, Mom -- no laying my head on the accelerator pedal.  Got it."

I will drive that machine one of these days!


Monday, July 18, 2022

Close One!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. There we were, out on our walk the other morning, when ...

"Quick, Ragnar!  Act innocent!"
"Uh ... hi!  Whatever it is, we didn't do it!"

"Whew!  That was a close one, but I think I squared us away!"


Sunday, July 17, 2022

Serene Sunflower Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. For Serene Scenery Sunday this week, Ragnar and I thought we'd show you some of the Sunflowers our mom is growing this year. She's growing three different dwarf varieties - in pots and in some of the garden areas.  We didn't exactly cooperate when it came to not eating th---uh, posing with them, so we thought we'd just show you the posies. Ready?

Here are a couple looks at the tiers on the south side of the house:
Left to right:  Blackberry Lilies, Firecracker Sunflowers, and Liriope.

Looking at the next tier down, Firecracker and Orange Hobbit Sunflowers.

Time for some closeups! Here's an Orange Hobbit Sunflower:


And get a load of the only kind of firecrackers we like - Firecracker Sunflowers!




Mom can't get enough of those guys!

And here are the smallest of them all, the Junior Sunflowers:


In other news, and since it's our blog, here's a shot of us out on our walk this morning:
"Hey, Mags!  Is it the 21st yet?"
"I don't think so.  We should check the park for horses and cows anyway, though!"

Thanks for taking a look at our sunflowers!  We think they're quite nice -- they make our mom and dad smile, AND they're rather tasty.  (You didn't hear that second part from me, OK?)

Have a serene sunflower-filled Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, July 16, 2022

It's Coming!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We probably could have saved this photo for Wordless Wednesday, because the sign says it all. Check it out:

"Mags!  Check the sign!  The RODEO is coming!!!"
"You know what this means -- HORSES!  And COWS!"

This also means the Riley County Fair is coming, which means pigs and sheep and goats and chick-hens and turkeys and all KINDS of other new friends!  We are STOKED!!!!  Stay tuned - we're sure to have tons of photos to share!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 15, 2022

Lower Deck

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. We all went out on the deck the other day after Mom cleaned it. It's shady in the mornings, so it's not too hot back there. Mom thought we'd want to go onto the lower deck, where we have more room, only ...
"C'mon down, Ragnar!"
"I dunno, Mom.  There's something scary down there ..."

I know what you're thinking. It wasn't because of Bart the Bat. Yes, he was down there - here's a bad iPhone shot of him:
Shh!  Bat sleeping!

We don't bother Bart and Bart doesn't bother us. There was another predator down there, circling around like a shark, ready to grab me!  I could sense it!  Take a look!

"Oh.   Hello ... Raggi.  Want to play a little game?"

Oh, sure.  She looks innocent and all, but don't let that fool you!  She's got teeth like a shark!!!

Just kidding. I couldn't resist coming down -- we had a fun play session on the lower deck!  Come to think of it, I hope Bart enjoyed our Snooter Jousting event!


Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Aprรจs Joust

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. After dinner, Ragnar and I wait for Mom and Dad to get comfy in the living room, then put on a nice Snooter Jousting event for them to enjoy. That's normally followed by zoomies, and then ...
"That was fun, huh, Mags?"
"The best!  Hey, Dad?!?  How about putting on a nice, relaxing murder mystery?"

He's really the best kid brother a girl could ask for. We are always in synch!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Just A Reminder!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Just a reminder to all from Ragnar and me ...
"Stay hydrated, everybody!"
"And get your walks in during the coolest part of the day!"

"I'd better get another slurp."
"Yeah, then we need to head home before the heat kicks in."

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, July 11, 2022

It's A Siberian Thing

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Those of you who know Siberians know that we LOVE to stare at people - people working, people playing, people walking down the trail ... it doesn't matter. We love to stare. So if you've been taken out front, you got your "business" done out there, and someone's coming up the sidewalk ...
"OK, good pups!  In the house!"
"Not yet; someone's coming."
"Yeah, someone's coming."

"You know it's over 100℉ out here, right?!?"
"That could explain why he's walking so slowly."
"Yeah.  This could take a while."

We can't help it. It's a Siberian thing.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher