Who We Are

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Mistaken Identity

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I don't know what all this talk was yesterday about "someone" being all jazzed up. Usually when Mom says that, she means me, but I'm thinking she MUST have meant Ragnar. I mean, look at how sweet I am!
"Hiya, Raggi.  I'm just here getting some lovin' from Mom."
"Let's Joust, Mags!!!"

We ARE brother and sister, so she could have been mistaken. Yeah. That's it.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret (The Innocent) Thatcher

Monday, August 29, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Over here.
"Hi.  I'm here in one of my auxiliary dens."

Why?  Well, as Mom likes to say, "Someone is a bit jazzed up."  I think she might mean ...

"Hey, Raggi!!!  HA ROO!"

Don't worry, though. I should be safe under ...
"Uh oh."

... here.

I thought jazz was supposed to be sort of mellow.  Maybe that's a different kind of jazz.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Serene Sunflower Scenes

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Today, we left for our walk  bright and ea   well, dark and early, so we could get a nice long one in. We walked up into where they're putting in a new development, which we haven't done for a while. Much to our mom's delight, the place was packed with sunflowers! We did some poses that made her happy, so we thought we'd share them with you.
Me, Mags, and the sunflowers

Mags, me, and more sunflowers!

What a gorgeous, serene morning!  And maybe our mom's right - sunflowers make everyone smile!!!


Saturday, August 27, 2022


Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Ragnar and I were playing a fun game in the Studio the other day.
"🎶 Oh, Raggi!!!  See if you can get me! 🎶"
"How did you get back there?!?"

Whatever we do, Ragnar and I always have fun!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 26, 2022

National Dog Day

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags, here with my bestest kid brother Ragnar. We just wanted to wish all of our dog friends a happy National Dog Day!
"Hey, fellow pups!  Happy Dog Day!"
"Have a good one!"

I think this calls for cheese.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, August 25, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. I figured out a way to help my mom sew even faster on the Pfaff!!!
"OK, if I just wedge the pedal under here, it's on all the time!  
Mom doesn't even have to -- wait.  Did she just unplug this baby?!?"

For some odd reason, she didn't like my attempt to streamline things. Go figure.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

You Can Lead A Siberian To Water ...

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. It was getting toasty on our walk this morning, so Mom and Dad planned for us to take a water break down at about the mid-way point. We were all set to drink when ...
"Hey!  There's a guy firing up the Bobcat!"
"Oh, cool!  Let's stare!"
"Mags?  Ragnar?  Don't you want some water?!?"

Which just proves the old adage:  "You can lead a Siberian to water, but you can't make him drink."

Pretty sure how that goes. Or maybe horses are involved. Everything's better with horses!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 22, 2022

Made In The Shade

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We had a great walk this morning - finally got a good "over 5 miler" in. We were happy to pose for Mom when we took our break, but ...

"Smile, sweet puppies!!!"
"How's this, Mom?"
"Yeah, how's t--wait.  I'm all squinty!"

"Here, Mags.  Try my sunglasses."
"Oh.  You look cool, Mags."
"Yeah ... hang on.  This is better."

"OK, you guys!  Now ... wait, where did those smiles go?!?"
"We're doing our Tough Guy Look, Mom."

I would have been happy to wear the shades home, but Mom said she needed them, too.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Serene Sunday

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Today, Mags and I have a few pix of some of the more serene moments from the week. Our first shot was on a route we haven't walked in a while - we get great views of the sunrises at the top of this hill:
"Oooh, fog and the sunrise!"
"I think we have the makings of another scorcher out here today; glad we're walking early!"

We helped our mom do some watering in the backyard this week, which was very relaxing:
"That bunny better not even THINK about it!"
"Oh, bunny-schmunny, Ragnar!  Live and let live!"

I'm not sure about her sometimes!

And of course, there is always our work in Mom's Studio:
"Must ... hold up ... the shelving unit ..."
"No one's getting through here!"

We're Working Breed pups; we're at our most serene when we're working!


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Today's Agenda

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We took our mom and dad on a nice, long walk this morning, did a bunch of zoomies and Snooter Jousting, had lunch, did some more Snooter Jousting, and now we're going to do this for a bit:


It's a pretty full agenda!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 19, 2022

Labby Road

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. There's a part of Hudson Trail we lovingly refer to as "Labby Road" -- you know, as opposed to Abbey Road? Anyway, you should be able to see why from this video!

To watch on YouTube, please click here.

One of the Chocolate Labs who lives in the last house on the left was still in the house this morning, but I think you get the idea! 

Oh. And ... truth be told, I'm rather partial to the super light-colored Labragirl who greeted us first. Tell me she doesn't look fun to chase around!!!


Thursday, August 18, 2022

To Answer Your Question ...

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. On yesterday's post, our friends Millie and Walter wanted to know, "Was there a little snooter jousting going on there?". These next photos should answer your question ...
"Tag!  You're it!"

We ran and ran laps all over the Studio, and then ...

"HA!  Gotcha, Mags!"
"Rats!  I almost made it to base!"

So, dear friends, the answer is a resounding "YES!!!" What a remarkably fun afternoon!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


It was a dark and stormy nigh morning ... OH! I mean greetings to all! It's me, Mags. So there we were this morning, caught in a storm on the Hudson Trail ...
"I love the feel of the rain on my fur, Mags."
"And it cooled down the pavement!"

When all of a sudden, Dad said, "Check out that dinosaur!"  A dinosaur?!?!  How scary is that?!?  Being the brave warrior that I am, I leapt to our defense!

"Where?  I don't see anything, Dad."

Mom and Dad kept pointing, but I just didn't see it. Ragnar looked for it, too.
"Hey, dinosaur!  C'mon out if you're brave enough to take on a Viking!"

We never did see what they were talking about.  I guess it's true about the dinosaurs vanishing and all. Right? 

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 15, 2022

Portrait Of A Viking

Hi everybody. It's me, Ragnar. Mom took this picture of me yesterday during our water break. She calls it "Portrait Of A Viking".


I just call it "me".


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Serene Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Despite the heat coming later in the day today, we had a great walk this morning. First we checked the park for cows, horses, sheeps, etc.
"I don't smell anybody yet."
"Me, neither.  We still need to check."

Sadly, the park was a bust.

As you could almost see from the photo above, even though we left the house just after first light, it was already getting hot out there. Probably the most serene part of the walk for us was finding a shady spot and taking a water and snack break.

"Go ahead, Raggi.  You first."
"Is she the sweetest big sister or what?!?"

"Aw, shucks.  I promised our Mama Bebe I'd look after you!"
"Slurpity slurp slurp ..."

"Thanks for bringing the water, Dad!"
"And thanks for the cookies, Mom!"

We made it back home before it got too unbearable out there - so it was a great, serene walk! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, August 13, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Some people admire Mom and Dad's garden areas and wonder how they're able to keep up with everything. The obvious answer is - they have help.
"Yeah?  Don't you bunnies even THINK about it!  Or I WILL stare at you."
"Good boy, Ragnar!"

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!


Friday, August 12, 2022

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Yesterday on our walk, the sun did this:


I don't think we can top that for a Photo Finish Friday. God's a remarkable artist, isn't He?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pedal To The Metal!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Yesterday, Mags and I were having a meeting in the Studio, when ...
"So, I'll keep an eye on Dad's office; you help Mom, OK?"
"Sounds good to me, Mags."
"Oooh, if you two are in a meeting over here, I'm going to set the Pfaff back up and see if I can fix the tension!"

The Pfaff?!?  I knew Mom would need my help with that!  I raced right over and got into position!

"Uhh ... Ragnar?!?"
"You adjust whatever you need to, Mom.  I'll drive."

I made it to that cubby hole JUST in time! Whew!



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Thick As A Brick

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. The humidity was so thick the other morning on our walk, you could see it!
"It's thick, Mags!"
"Thick as a brick."

We still had fun, though.

"I've got that Jethro Tull song stuck in my head now."
"At least it's a good song!"

Plus, Mom and Dad brought water for us. And cookies.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 08, 2022

More About Beans

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I've blogged a couple times about our "beans" - our EicosaCap fish oil pills. Usually we just eat them, but ... you know how that goes.  

After breakfast the other morning, I gave my mom the "I'm All Done" Look, but ...

"What about your bean, Mags?
"Bean?  What bean??"


"Oh ... THAT bean!"

I need to remember that if Ragnar can't get there fast enough to eat my bean for me, I need to put it on the BROWN part of the placemat.  I forgot.  It's much better camouflage!

Stay sneaky, my friends!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Serene Sunday

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. It's Sunday, and I'm in my serene place.
"Ahh!  This is the life!"

I relax there better than probably anywhere else! ... exceept maybe my carrier. I love it in there, too. Mom says I like to "den". I just know how to get comfy!


Saturday, August 06, 2022

Radar Ears

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Mom always says she can tell what Ragnar and I are looking at by looking through our "radar ears". Like the other morning on our walk ...
"What are you looking at, Mags?  Let me take a ... oooh!"

In case you need a better look:
"Oh.  Hi."

My mom might just be right in this case.

Do you have "radar ears", too?  Do your bipeds use them to zero in on what you're looking at?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 05, 2022

Chair Posing

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  There I was the other day ...

"Hey, Mom.  Check out this pose!"
"❤ Look at how CUTE you are!!!!  Let me get you from the front, too! "

"It's nice to have my talents appreciated!"


Thursday, August 04, 2022

Bird Watching

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. So ... the other day, when Ragnar and I went out front to take care of some business, we noticed an entire flock of huge, exotic birds in our neighbors' yard! Being the Siberians that we are, we did what every card-carrying member of our breed would do -- we sat and stared.

"Check 'em out, Mags!"
"Wowzers, Ragnar!  That's a lot of birdies!"
"Umm ... I thought you two needed to go potty?"

"I think that one on the far right moved!"
"I saw it, too!  Freaky!"
"They are not mov--it was the wind!  You do know it's over 100 degrees out here, right?"

They were there for a few days.  We sat and stared every chance we had, then they disappeared as suddenly as they arrived. It must be migration season for them. It's funny that Mom didn't want to stay out there - I thought she was a "birder"! Go figure.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Studio Activities

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar! I don't want anyone to think it's all work, work, work for me and Mags when we go to Mom's Studio! We do take time out to do zoomies, Snooter Jousting, play with our toys, and other activities. The other day, for instance, we played Tag. Mags was "it" and we went zooming around the Studio. She thought she had me, but then ...
"Ha!  Made it!  You can't get me, Mags.  I'm on base."
"Base, schmase!"

"I've got you now, Raggi!"
"Wait, you can't---REFEREE?!?"
"Foul on the play!"

"It's the rule, Mags."
"He gets a 3-second head start now, Mags."
"Yeah, yeah.  Who makes these rules, anyway?!?"

I think that round went to Mags. 

Anyway ... I also took a minute the other day to sing "Happy Birthday" to my bestest big sister while we were down there. Here's how that went:

To play on YouTube, please click here.

Mags says I have a lovely singing voice. Coincidentally enough, our voices are almost identical. We must get it from our biological mama!!!