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Monday, December 24, 2007

Sad, sad Christmas

It is with heavy hearts that we paw this post.

Our BoogieBoy's father still won't allow us to see him, but sent mom a text message saying she'll never see him again, and that he's not "doing" Christmas this year because "it will hurt too bad". We are furious! How can he do this to our boy, and his baby sister? What kind of parent uses their children to inflict pain on others who've always supported them, or refuse their children Christmas based on their own selfish feelings?? Mom has left messages, and sent texts begging him to reconsider, but now he won't even reply.

On top of all this, our daddy's mom passed away Saturday night. He drove to Mobile AL on Saturday, and luckily got there about an hour before she passed, so he was able to tell her how much we love her, and spend her final moments with her, but he's staying there with his dad & brothers as her service will be the day after Christmas.
Because mom is still hoping for Boogie's dad to have a change of heart, and because it's way too late to find a kennel to take all 4 of us during the holidays, she and dad made the tough decision to spend this Christmas apart, the first one in the 19 years they've been married. Our skin sister Sammy and her 3 kids have been staying here with us, keeping mom company and trying to keep her mind off of her sorrow. We thank her & love her for that, it would be so much harder for her if she were all alone.


Please everypup, cherish every moment you have with your loved ones, we hope all our friends have a wonderful Christmas full of love & joy, getting to know you all has brought us much joy, laughter & tears, and we love & appreciate each and every one of you. If you happen to think of us this Christmas, please say a prayer for our Boogie, and for our daddy, mama says we need divine intervention to help them get through the trials they both face.

Christmas kisses to everypup, kitty, penguin, and their humans.

Chili, Cracker, Mikki & Bama

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sorrowful Wooooos for our friend Thrawn

Our mama can't stop crying, our new friend Thrawn crossed over the bridge today. Our hearts are breaking for his mom & the rest of his pack, we know he will be missed and the sorrow must be almost unbearable. Please follow this link, The Brat Pack, and give some love & support to those of his pack left behind to mourn.

Sounding sorrowful woooos for a beautiful & much loved boy, you'll be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to get to know you. Run free, sweet boy!

Sad heads bowed,

The River Hill Pack

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Health update

Well....got results today, but didn't really get any answers. Nothing in my blood work indicated epilepsy, though nothing ruled it out either, we were told just keep monitoring and make note of any unusual behaviour. I'm glad they took me in though, as my white cell count was elevated, indicating possible infection. The doc checked me over thoroughly and couldn't find any cause for infection, but they're starting me on a course of antibiotics just to be safe. The doc also said that there is no reason for me not to have my surgery, that they "spay/neuter epileptic dogs all the time". That one gave mom paws, it sounds like a risk to her, but they have time to think about it, as Cracker will have a recovery period, and they don't want to be nursing 2 surgery pups at the same time if they can help it. His "fix" went fine, and he's resting comfortably in his favorite spot on the couch, though he would only take a couple bites of his dinner tonight, and that only when mom hand fed him. Long story short, they're just gonna keep watching me, and keep a diary of any unusual behaviour, I go back in 1 week after my pills are gone, for more blood work & to make sure my white cell count is back to normal. Thanks everypuppy for your kind thoughts & words of wisdom, we'll keep you posted if anything else happens.

Mikki, Astronomer in Training










Bama wanted me to post this picture to show how much bigger she is than everyhusky else in the house. She's 6 months, I'm 20 months. She's freakin' HUGE, for Dogs sake! And....since you can't see our feet, it kinda looks like she might be sitting on a little hill or hump in the dirt, but I am too, that is all her!










and just to be fair, here's one of da boyz...










Of course, right now, Cracker looks more like this:












Finally, this pic is for my Jack-o-Hearts:










(sorry, Pippadear, you'll always have a soft spot in my heart, but The Jack of Hearts is my true furever love)
And this one is for Shelby-Woo:

Cracker begs you to forgive the dirty face, he had been busy looking for the secret passage to China, when someone mentioned your name & he suddenly got his sexy bedroom-eyes just thinkin of you.
Christmas Kisses everypuppy, kitty & your humans,
Mik & the RHP
Oh yeah, almost forgot....the new floors are under progress & we were so excited, A drill AND his friend A saw both came to visit our house while the work is going on, pictures soon...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Just a short one

The real post is below, but.....
Mama found us a cool jukebox, then she found a REALLY cool song called "Siberian Husky" by Nancy Simmonds (we've never heard of her before). It should be the furst song that plays when you visit our page, husky lovers Check It Out!
Then she added each of our "theme" songs, Black Betty (Bama Lamb) by Ram Jam, Cracker Jack by Dolly Parton, Chili Pepper Cha Cha by Cain, & Hey Mikki by Toni Basil (we took liberty with the spelling, it's really Mickey). Finally she added the recitation & definition of the Pledge of Allegiance by Charlie Daniels, originally Red Skelton, because we think it's important for every American to not just say the pledge, but remember the meaning behind the words you learn as a little kid.
Mama was worried that people wouldn't like the music, or would get sick of it after a while, since it will play every time you visit our page, so we're putting up our first ever poll. Please vote and let us know if you a) Love It, b) Hate It, or c) Couldn't Care Less One Way or the Other. We don't want our friends to stop visiting because our music is annoying, though we are a very eclectic bunch, if you don't like the song playing, when it's over you'll get something totally different, so we hope there's something for everyone.
If you want a cool cursor of your own, you can go to:
http://gallery.webfetti.com/webfetti/cursor/category/3/main.jhtml
They are free, but you do have to register and accept their search toolbar. So far we haven't had any problems with it, and love our husky cursor. (AO4, they've got some cool patriotic & military cursors, too!)
If you want a jukebox of your own, you can double click on the bottom right of ours to take you to the site, it was also free. We're not sure, but we think that since we uploaded the Siberian Husky song, it's now available for other users, so do a search if you're interested.
Thanks in advance for voting in our poll and letting us know what you think!
Kisses,
Bama

Friday, December 7, 2007

So Much to Say

Furst of all, the BoogieBoy update:
We got to talk to him this week! He sounded good and his dad said all the humans would go out to dinner next week to "discuss" things. We're choosing to take this as a positive sign, at least we're back in touch, though we still haven't seen him yet. Our mom got a call from his old teacher a couple of days ago that his school pictures were in (mama had paid for them & the dad had been pretty nasty to his teacher a couple of times, so we guess she would rather deal with mom; the dad changed his school last week to one closer to their new house). She's a dog lover & has German Shepherds, & Boogie was really excited about taking her one of our Christmas cards, so mom went to pick up the Boogie pics & took her a card and a tin of homemade treats for her pups. Of course she asked about our Boogie & mom told her what has been going on. She said "we contacted CPS, when you have a 5th grader coming to school hours late & talking about being in the "club" til the wee hours of the morning, of course we're going to call". So now we're just hoping to be able to get back into his life, cause it's pretty obvious that the dad isn't going to let us get him into the special school.

Mom & dad went last weekend & ordered tons of tile, it's supposed to be delivered Monday, then the real fun begins! We may be kinda scarce for a while, since the furniture is going to be shifting all over our house as the nasty carpet comes out and the cool canyon slate tile goes in each room, mom's not sure how much she'll be able to even physically get to the 'puter. (The vision of mom crawling over top of furniture or laying on top of a dresser trying to reach down to the desk made us giggle). They made the really hard decision not to decorate for Christmas this year after all, since they'll probably need the spare space for furniture, though Boogies room is furst on the list to be done, then mom's gonna put the usual decorations in his room that she does every year, so if he gets to come see us it'll still feel like home to him.

Now for the really scary part! Mom & dad have always wanted to have just one litter of puppies, it's been really hard for them to give up that dream. But after being involved in rescue, blogging & dogster, they finally decided that if we add to our pack it's gonna have to be a rescue, 'cause it just wouldn't be right to bring more furballs into the world when there are so many out there now that just need love & good homes. So....momma made an appointment for Mikki to go to the vet on Tuesday & get fixed. They decided Mikki first so she wouldn't have a chance to have another heat. So far Chili is the only one of our pack that has been altered, he had a condition that made his necessary (he really was fixed!) Anywoo, mom made the appointment Wed. afternoon. That night we were all outside running zoomies & wrestling when daddy called us to come inside. I ran in, Chili ran in, Cracker ran in, Mikki kept sitting staring at the sky like she always does. After about a minute dad hollered at mom "Mikki's having a seizure". Before either of them could get to her she jumped up, ran in the house & started wrestling with the rest of us again. Daddy was the only one who even saw it, and now he's not totally sure that's what it was, she stood up, walked a step or two then got kind of wobbly/staggery & fell over. She wiggled 2 or 3 times on her back like she had an itchy spot, then jumped up & ran in the house. They kept a really close eye on her the rest of the night but she seemed completely normal, and has ever since. No matter, furst thing the next morning mom called the vet & swapped so Cracker could take her appointment instead, since he is the only intact boyberian (
AO4 comes up with the best new huskywords!) in the pack, & Mik has an appointment in the morning to get a complete blood workup & checkup to see what's going on. Mama says "no way our Mik is getting anesthesia or surgery til we know it's 100% safe for her". So everypuppy, please keep your paws crossed that this was just a fluke & maybe she really did just have an itchy back. Mom says we've been really lucky so far with really healthy huskoids, and there's enough going on already, time for the bad luck fairy to stop dumping on us! He needs to leave the Mullins Clan alone too, can't he tell when somepuppies have had enough? And after that one teeny episode, we can't imagine what Amici's pawrents must go through with his episodes, how terrifying!

We also want to send our thoughts, prayers & Sibe Vibes to
Holly's House, the folks in Omaha had a terrible tragedy this week, our hearts go out to everyone affected.

Finally, it's been snowing here!!! Okay, not real snow, but it is snowing Christmas Cards. We've gotten 25 snail mail cards, and 3 ecards, the pawrents haven't gotten any yet. But we're sharing ours with them cause they love looking at all the cute pictures almost as much as we do. Ours went in the mail yesterday, (only 3 days later than planned, thanks to mom's fight with all her new 'puter programs), so be looking for them in a mailbox near you soon.

Last but not least, we'd like to thank our
Queen Meeshka, for recognizing our special powers in her recent "Heroes" posts. We feel very honored to serve in HULA, and to be selected by our queen for such special assignments. And please say your puppy prayers that our good friends (& Mikki's boyfriend) Jack & Starr have a safe journey to the North Pole & back, and that Santy Paws elves can help Jacks special buddy A. Penguin.

We hope everypuppy is having a wonderful Holiday season, filled with lots of goodies & treats, and pray that Santy Paws will find a good furever home for everypup out there who needs one. We love you all very much, and are so lucky to have such great buddies.

In case our house is torn up til the New Year, we'll say it now, Merry Christmas to all our pup friends & their peeps, 2-legs & 4. Hopefully we'll get back on here before then, but just in case......

Friday, November 30, 2007

Sibe Vibe Thanks!

Furst, we'd like to start this post with a HUGE thank you for all the crossed paws, prayers, Sibe Vibes & well wishes. It's helped mom a lot to know all our friends are sending their vibes to the "Powers That Be". AND, it's working! At least somewhat...mama just got a call from the dad's ex-fiancee'. Boogie's dad has agreed to let her pick him up from school today & spend some time with him. This is great news, she was a very positive influence in his life, and it's been very hard on him since they broke up. In addition, the dad now has to undergo mandatory & regular drug testing to make sure he keeps his nose clean (no pun intended....) and they will be keeping an eye on him to make sure no more funny stuff goes on. It's not the ideal solution, but much better than what has been going through our heads for the last week. She always helped Boogie with his homework, and loves him just like her own, and she's going to call us tonight after she picks him up from school, so we can talk to him for the furst time in a week, we can't wait! Hopefully maybe we'll get to see him this weekend....

Now onto happier stuff, we've started getting Christmas cards from our blogging pals! So far we've gotten cards from Suki & Joey the pugs, Cairo the boxer, Randi the labnewf, Lenny the wire-haired terrier, and Comet & BLU the spitz's. This is SO much fun, we love getting mail addressed just to us, and it's so much fun sniffing the cards & envelopes, we feel like we know already know them better. We can't wait for the mailman to see if he brings us more cards today!
Mama went out last week and bought a card designer program, and we worked really hard all weekend designing our card to send to all our blogging pals. She said this weekend we'll print them all out, address & stuff the envelopes, seal & afix the stamps, and have them in the mail on Monday. Yippee, we hope everypuppy likes our cards, it was lots of fun deciding on our design. (even though there were some disagreements, "no mom, I like the angel better, no mom, Santa needs to go there!, Moooom, The Monster stepped on my pawtograph!) we finally came up with a card that we all liked, and daddy said we were all very creative.
In addition, mom says the decorations definitely have to go up this weekend. She & Boogie usually start on them the day after Thanksgiving, but with all her worrying about him, she just wasn't in the spirit, and it wouldn't have been the same without his help anyway. She said she'll get everything else done, but she's saving the ornaments for the tree until he's here. Then the powers that be will have to let him come see us, or we're gonna have a nekkid tree this Christmas. So keep those paws crossed & vibes comin', cause I want to see my very furst Christmas tree, fully decorated!
Hope all you pups are having lots of fun & helping with your holiday preparations, we'll post again soon.
Manykisses,
Bama

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Waiting for the Powers that Be

This post isn't really 'bout us....

We picked up our BoogieBoy from school on Tuesday, and thought we were going to have him the rest of the week. His dad called Wed. night & said he was taking him from 12-4 on Thursday, for Thanksgiving dinner. He never came back, an investigator from Child Protective Services visited on Thurs night. She asked lots of questions, then indicated she was going to get their legal team involved, and she wanted to know if we were willing to let him stay here. Well mom said "of course!!", we have him 75% of the time now, and would love to have him stay with us full time.
His daddy found out he was being investigated, so he never brought Boogie back and won't take or return our calls, now our mom is really worried. The dad's dad told mom that dad wasn't going to let anyone see him until he found out who filed the complaint, so mama's going crazy worrying if he's getting his medicine, if he's getting enough sleep, and if he's hanging out in the hip-hop club dad manages. Dad takes him to the club frequently, even on school nights, using the excuse that he doesn't have a sitter. This is ridiculous, mom has never refused to take him, but now that his dad has cut off contact with us we don't know where he is or what he's doing. He has seizure disorder, and the spells are brought on by lack of rest, stress, and flashing lights or going from a dark room to one brightly lit. Obviously (to us at least), the club environment is no place for an 11 year old in any circumstances, but eating fast food, not taking his meds, and staying out til 11, 12, or 1 in the morning is almost sure to bring on a seizure. In addition he's dyslexic, and has been approved to attend a DePaul school, and for a scholarship to pay for it, but it doesn't fit into daddy's social agenda, so he keeps toughing it out in a school that's not really able to deal with his special needs. Daddy wants to keep him because he "loves" him, but not enough to let someone help, and only when it's convenient for him. We've all got our paws crossed, and saying our prayers that God will somehow intervene to insure CPS gets the info they need to make a ruling and let him stay with us during the week so mama can get him on a schedule and into the school that can help him (& keep him out of the nightclub!) So far all they've told her though is that Dad has custody, you have to let him take him unless you want to get into trouble for kidnapping, and unless he's placed with us, grandparents have no rights, so any attempts to keep him with us & keep him safe will end up backfiring and cause us to lose all contact (if we haven't already) . Right now our paws are tied and there is nothing we can do except pray, loudly & often. Boogie is MY boy, I got him when I was 8 weeks old, on his 8th birthday, and everybody knows that a boy needs his dog just as a dog needs a boy, so it's been really sad around here, with all of us worrying about how our boy is doing.

Here is a picture of me with MY boy, he's even sweeter than he looks! Don't we look like we just need to be together all the time?








Mom doesn't want to take him away from his dad completely, she just wants to be able to help provide the things he needs that his dad can't or won't be bothered with, but it seems if he's not being beaten or starved those who make these decisions are more concerned with his daddy's rights than with what is best for him.

Here is another picture of us, taken shortly after they brought me home. It was love at first sight for both of us, as evidenced by how hard I was trying to reach him for a kiss!

Please keep him in your prayers, surely God is listening and will guide the powers that be to intervene & do the right thing for our boy. Just knowing others are praying too will help give mom hope & keep her spirits up.
Thanks in advance for your prayers, our bloggin buddies are the best!
Husky Hugs & Nose Bumps,
Chili
PeeEss:
Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

AWOL

Hi Everypup, Wilbur & Tia,
Sorry we haven't posted in so long, it's been a little crazy around here lately. Daddy had surgery on a bursa in his left elbow about 10 days ago, since then he's been the one handed Dadmonster, with lots of stuff he can't do that he usually does, and we've had our BoogieBoy most of the last month, which requires mom to take him to & from school, a 40 mile round trip, twice a day. Then when he gets home there is homework to get done, shower, dinner, etc, all before his 8 PM bedtime. Mom says all that doesn't leave much time for blogging, thankfully she's assured us all that doesn't mean she loves us any less, "there just aren't enough hours in the day". We're getting ready to pull all the nasty carpets out of our house & put down tile floors, now that I'm finally getting the potty accidents under control, so that's one more thing that will take her away from our blog and focus her attention on stupid human stuff!
Since Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas right around the corner, Cracker decided this would be a good time to tell everypup about his Christmas shopping escapade from last year so I'll turn this over to him so he can tell it in his own words.

Howroo everypup, The Southern Cracker here. Before Ah decided to take a trip on mah own, we were allowed out in our backyard unsupervised, Dad gets up first in the mornings, and he'd let everyhusky out but leave the back door open for us to come in if we wanted, then mom would get us all in the house when she got up, and into our laundry den when she left for work. It was a Wednesday morning, and mom hadn't gotten up yet when Ah went over the fence chasing a stoopid skwirrrl. Chili & Mik both ran in the house to tell mama Ah was out, but she wasn't awake yet, and dint understand what they were tryin to tell her, so rolled back over to sleep until the alarm went off. (Bama wasn't here yet, she COULD have woke her up!)
When she got up, she showered, dressed, etc, then went out to the yard to get everyone in. She looked high & low, but Ah was nowhere to be found. She called dad, and he rushed home from work to help look. Mom got in the car and started cruising up & down the streets of our neighborhood, dad put Mik & Chill on their leashes and started husky search & rescue on foot. Finally a lady up at the top of our street asked if we were looking for a husky, and described me. When mom said yes, she said Ah wandered around in front of our house for a while, obviously lost, then Ah saw a car that Ah must've thought looked familiar cause Ah chased it down the street and around the corner. More searching in the direction she indicated brought no further sightings, it was like Ah had disappeared into thin air! They searched into the afternoon, then mom went to Walgreens to buy supplies to start making posters, came home & got on the 'puter to email our husky rescue group & put up notes on local lost pet sites, and made phone calls to the vet, animal control, AVID (who our chips are registered through), and our local paper to start an ad running. After all that, she went out to search and call some more. She mentioned to everyone she saw that Ah was missing, and told them how to reach her if'n they saw me, meanwhile dad was home watchin the other two & mannin the phone in case any calls came in. Finally, about 7:30 it was dark, & getting cold, and she figured she was going to have to give it up for the night when our next door neighbor told her that they had seen me crossing a busy street about 1/2 mile from our house, so off she went again to call & search in that area, around the Walgreens & Winn Dixie grocery store. When she got back, our neighbor across the street came over and asked "You're not missing one of your dogs, are you?) Mom told Miss Pat about me, and Miss Pat told mom a story her friend Ursula had told her over coffee shortly before.
Miss Ursula is also a dog lover, and has 3 of her own. Apparently, early that afternoon she had gone to Walgreens and was astounded to see a beautiful red husky in the store, walking up & down the aisles, checking out the merchandise & obviously looking for something. A nice lady who was cashierin at the store, took me into a storeroom in the back, and kept me there til her shift was over, then took me home with her and start checkin sources to see if someone was lookin for me, since it was apparent to her that Ah was well cared for an loved. Mom immediately called Walgreens, but the cashier had already gone home for the night. She talked to the manager who was understandably hesitant about giving out his employee's home phone number, but after mom described me and he heard the fear & despair in her voice, he caved and gave up the number. Mama was so nervous she couldn't even make the call, she had daddy do it. The lady was super nice and told daddy where she lived, she even refused their offer of a reward! The next day mom printed out the picture of me, Chili & Mik on the couch that is on the right side of our page, put it in a nice frame, got a gift certificate for blockbuster, and had dad deliver it with a thank you from all of us.
On Christmas morning there was a package under the tree to mom & dad from me, they were astounded when they opened it and inside was a plush husky that barks, wags his tail, and then gives sloppy wet kisses with his tongue. Ah figgered since Ah was already out of the yard and couldn't figure out how to get back in, it was the perfect opportunity for me to go find a great Christmas gift for mom & dad, to thank them for all they do for us. Mom loved the stuffed pup, but said having all 3 of her living, breathing, pooping huskies back home where they belonged was the best Christmas gift of all!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

We just HATE hearing 'bout lost furbabies

We just posted about the husky howl below, but right after mom got us set up on dogster we got an invitation to join a group, Husky Heaven. Mom went right out so we could check it out, and now we're all so sad. The site is set up in honor of Blue. He got out of his house back in May, and his mommy has been searching for him ever since. It sounds like she's done everything humanly possible to find him, and yet she hasn't stopped searching. They don't know if maybe he got picked up and some unscrupulous person is holding him, maybe for breeding, if he's still in the area, or what, but his mom isn't going to give up till she finds him, so we told them we would post his flyer here, and invite all our blogging buddies to do the same. Help spread the word, he's been chipped, he's had everyone searching for him from hot air balloons to bloodhounds, you just never know who might see something or where he might be.

Anywoo, here's the flyer:














Thanks to all our blogging buddies, you pups are the best and we all know how sad our humans would be if it was one of us. Sadly, we read on Blue's page that the day he got out was the same day his human mommy's dad passed away, so she got a double blow on that day, and though nothing can make up for losing her dad, we're all sure that having her best friend back would be a comfort.
If you want to check out Blues dogster page, here is the address:
http://www.dogster.com/dogs/620507
We haven't gone back to everypuppy's pages clear to last spring, so this info may have already been around, but it can't hurt to refresh the memory.
Thanks everybuddy,
Manykisses,
Bama & the Gang

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

3rd Annual Husky Howl

Howroo everypup! (and Tia & Wilbur)


As promised, we can't wait to tell you all about our Husky Rescue pawty we went to on Sunday. The Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida had their 3rd annual Husky Howl Party at our local Dog Park, and we had SO much fun. The only thing that would have made it better is if all our blogging friends had been there too! We found out Sunday night that the unnofficial count of huskies attending the event was 82!!

Cracker was in a really grumpy mood, and kept trying to fight with other furballs there so he ended up having to spend most of the day on his leash so mom & dad could control him. He was very apologetic & upset for almost a whole day afterward, he said he just didn't know what go into him....but the SHRF co-ordinator, Tracy, told mom that they thought some grrlhusky was in heat, so that might have explained the high tempers cause our Cracker wasn't the only one who seemed to be confrontational.
Chili is the only one of us that has been "fixed". Mama & daddy have always wanted just one litter of puppies, and they hope that maybe Cracker & Mikki will grant their wish, so until Mik is 2, and they've both been checked for eyes & hips, they don't want to make the decision to alter any of us. Mama says she knows there are lots of unloved pups out there, and they've given lots of thought to whether or not they should allow any breeding, but they've got several friends who've begged for pups if we ever have them, and mama says "no puppy will leave this home without the new family being thoroughly checked and able to demonstrate that they are knowledgable about our breed. If we don't find appropriate loving homes for all our babies, they'll just have to stay home with the rest of the pack".

Sorry I got off track, but Cracker's unaltered state probably had something to do with his bad attitude, though he didn't seem to be interested in any other females, he was much more concerned with chaperoning & supervising Mikki & I. Course he's wooing Shelby-Woo, so at least she doesn't have to worry about him being unfaithful, or another husky-grrrl turning his head.

Anywoo, they had lots of fun games there, and Cracker won the Fastest Husky race! He got a SHRF certificate to hang on the wall & a bag full of treats & toys!
Here is a picture of Cracker, strutting his stuff after he won his first heat. Can't you just tell from the expression on his face that he knew he won, and how proud he was?

















There were two preliminary heats, the winner of each of those raced each other in the final heat to determine who was the fastest husky. Here is a picture of Chili, Mikki, Mom & I watching the second heat, to see who Cracker was going to have to go up against in the final. Cracker was standing with daddy who was taking the picture.













And here is Crackers Award!















Then our names got called for several raffle prizes, and mom picked out lots more cool toys & treats for us. We made a haul! Here's a picture of some of our winnings. (mama had already given us most of the toys & stuff when I clawed her & told her we needed a picture for our blog, so there was other stuff that didn't make it into the picture cause once we had it we didn't want to give it up!)







None of us dressed up, but there were lots of huskies that participated in the costume contest, they even had a wolf (husky) dressed up like a sheep! He was so funny.
Mama entered each of us in the best howling contest & guess what? Not one of us would make a peep! She entered Mikki & I in the best kisser contest, and when Chili saw us kissing the judge he ran up and joined in the kissing too. The judge thought it was funny, and everyone else laughed too, he's so jealous, mama should have known that he wouldn't stand for somehusky else getting all the kisses! She entered Chili in the hairiest husky contest, and though she got a lot of fluff off him in the 2 minutes allowed, another husky got even more. We couldn't believe it cause there is no surface in our house that doesn't have Chili fur decorating it.
Mama baked all day Saturday & took 4 packages of treats for the raffle table, everyone seemed to be really excited, specially when they found out that they got copies of the recipes along with the treats. We took Bama's Banana-Applesauce Granola bars, Chili's No-Chili Cheese dogs, Crackers Peanut Butter & Nanner Muffins (thank you furry much), and Miss Mickles So-Cool Pumpkin Pupsickles. All of these concoctions started with recipes from the HTH recipe book, but then mama added our special touches to each one, so we would each have our own recipe. We haven't heard yet how much money was raised, but we had a grrrreat time and it felt so good knowing that it was all to benefit furballs in need. Wish woo all could have been there, there were huskies everywhere you looked!

We're all proud of mama right now too, she finally hooked us all up with Dogster pages, so now we can get in on the voting for cutest picture contests and stuff. Took her long enough, but I guess we shouldn't look a gift human in the mouth....Click on our badges on the right side of the page to see our Dogster profiles. I'm kinda unhappy though, mama checked the radio button on my page for "wolf/coyote" and now it says I'm "feral". Who? Me?? Ya gotta be kidding! I'm the worlds largest lap puppy! I think I'm gonna have to make her fix that...you shoulda seen me at the "Howl". I was scared to death for about the first 1/2 hour, I found a corner in the fence where I could put my back & cower. Mom & dad both tried & tried to get me to come out & play with all the other pups, but I just wasn't sure about mixing it up with a bunch of strangers. When I finally did come out I stayed really close to mom & dad for most of the rest of the day. I did do some sniffing & a little bit of nose-bumping but I really didn't want to get very far away from mama. Mikki was much braver than I was, but every once in a while she'd decide she had enough strangers for a while, and would come hide her head between mama's legs. Mom would laugh & tell her, "just cause you can't see them doesn't mean they can't see you", but Mik said she felt better hiding her eyes. Chili was a total social butterfly, his little feety-feet trotting every which way, greeting every husky he saw, and kissing any human that got close enough.
All in all it was a fun day, and we were really happy to get out & meet all the other pups. We all wish Cracker wouldn't have been so grumpy, so he could have played and had more fun, but we're all really proud of his big win, we knew he was the "zoomiest"! We may post more pictures of the Howl later, we're waiting to get an email from Tracy with pictures some of the other attendees took. Daddy was having a hard time taking pictures and "keeping Cracker on a short leash".
Hope everyone out there had a Happy Howl-o-ween, talk to y'all again soon!
Manykisses,
Bama, Chili, Mikki & Cracker (the ZOOMIEST)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hard at Work on our Mission from the AO4

Howroo Everypup (& Kitties),
Dad finally loaded our pictures, so we get to report on our efforts to complete our mission as assigned by the AO4. But before we get to that.....
CRACKER'S BIG ADVENTURE
OK, so it wasn't much of an adventure, but he sure had mom & dad going! Here's what happened:
About 3AM this morning, we decided we all had to go out. Daddy was asleep in bed where most humans are at this time, but mommy opened the back door and let us out, then sat down by the door to wait for us. Cracker heard a possum or raccoon on the other side of our fence, and decided he better go make sure that critter knew not to come into our yard. Mama heard him hit the fence, and knew instantly that he was on his way over. She came running out in the yard in her fuzzy slippers, robe flapping, trying not to fall in any of our holes, and yellin "Cracker, NO!".
Too late, mom, he's already gone...
She went through the gate (very carefully to not let any of the rest of us out), calling to him, but quickly figured out he had gone over the side into the neighbors back yard, so she came back through the gate, hustled us all in the house, went & woke up dad & told him to keep an eye on us while she went to try to find the Crackerhead, having terrifying visions the whole time of trying to find a loose Sibe in the dark and knowing precious seconds had been lost getting us in the house, waking up dad and getting the flashlight. She went out the front door, around the side of the house where he escaped, called to him, and he came right up to her! She picked him up and carried him in the front door, and soon as he got into the family room we all jumped and mauled him. She thought we were telling him off for leaving without us, HA! We were making it clear, in no uncertain terms, how unSibelike his behaviour was. What husky ever comes when they're free & the humans call? What husky escapes their yard and doesn't immediately start sprinting for Siberia? What was he thinkin???
Anywoo, he was on double super probation all day, not allowed out of the house without a 2-legged escort, but he was on his best behaviour. He said runnin free is one thing, but no way he could leave the rest of the pack behind.

Now on to our mission from the AO4. As you may or may not remember from a previous post, our mission was to invade China through the back door in Florie-duh, conveniently located somewhere in our backyard.
We've been hard at work, trying to locate the secret hidden hatch. Following are the pictures of all our hard work. Mom had to receive several fresh claw wounds before she would agree to let us post the pictures, but was it ever in doubt who would win this arguement? You won't see any pictures of Chili digging, he says he's the team supervisor & doesn't DO physical labor, "Somehusky has to be the boss"
Mikki hard at work








Cracker the Excavator











Bama taking a turn






Mikki reviewing our Accomplishments















Some pictures of our attempted assault on China.

























Troop meeting to discuss our tactical doctrine








It's gonna take a lot of naps to build our strength back up for the next assault!















Sniff y'all again when we wake up....
Manykisses,
The River Hill Excavation Team

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Facts about US

The lovely Miss HollyBollyBananaBoo tagged everyone to play a new game and list 8 facts about themselves. We thought it sounded fun and a grrrreat way to get to know more about our puppals (and them about us) so here we go.....

Since this is my blog, I'll go first:
1) When I stand on my back legs I'm almost as tall as mama, there is no counter in the house I can't surf with ease.
2) I don't sound anything like the other huskoids in the house, I have a REALLY deep growly voice, even when I was a tiny baby I sounded like a BIG dog.
3) I'm not a full husky, I'm actually a husky/wolf hybrid. The guy mom & dad got me from tried to convince them I'm full timberwolf, but even our vet said he wouldn't have been able to sell me without a permit & she was sure I had husky in me, but the wolf part of me explains my size and deep voice.
4) When I run outside with the rest of my pack I don't do zoomies like the rest of the furballs, I lope like a wolf. Dad says I look like I'm runnin in slowmo, but I'm deceptively fast.
5) I LOVE to eat, mom & dad say my legs must be hollow cause they've never been able to feed me enough to not want more, I always try to steal ALL the food so they feed me first to keep me busy so everyhusky else can get some. Once it's theirs I won't try to take it away, but until it's in their mouth or bowl it's fair game!
6) I'm very resistant to any type of training, though with lots of persistance & stubborn parents I'm finally starting to get some of it.....
7) My favorite time with my humans is first thing in the morning when I hold mom down and wash her face thoroughly before I allow her to get out of bed.
8) Considering that I'm part wolf, surprisingly I have no interest in hunting, (except for stalking Cracker). Mama thinks it's funny how skittish I am with anything that moves.

Mikki here, I'm gonna take my turn next:
1) I love to hunt, my favorite prey is lizards and I spend lots of time patrolling our fence & checking all their hiding places. When I catch them I don't eat them, but I love to play with them.
2) I'm a very dainty, girly-girl and don't like to roughhouse as much as the rest of the pack, though I will get into the games for a short time occasionally.
3) Although most of my pics make me look like a black & white, I'm actually a quad-color, black, silver, tan & white (kinda like the Bamonster, but she's got a lot more white on her).
4) I'm pretty nervous around dogs that aren't part of my pack, at last years Husky Howl I hung out by the fence and tried to avoid strangers.
5) I'm not at all demanding, and usually make the humans come to me if they want to love on me. The exception is in bed, I love to cuddle & get tummy rubs in bed.
6)My very favorite pasttime in the world is gazing at the sky, day or night, if I'm outside & not on lizard patrol I'm sittin right in the middle of the yard staring at the sky.
7) When I give huskykisses I like to nibble on bottom lips. I never hurt, just gentle nibbles but this is how I've always given kisses.
8) When we went to last years Husky Howl, the SHRF (Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida) volunteer, Tracy, that was organizing the whole party said if they'd met me before the party they would have included a "longest tail" contest cause for sure I had the longest husky tail they'd ever seen.

Cracker here, Ah guess Ah'll take mah turn next:
1) Yea, Ah really do speak with a southern accent.
2) Mama says huskies have the prettiest eyes in the world, an Ah have the prettiest eyes of any husky she's ever seen.
3) Ah'm a born escape artist an had a couple of really scary adventures before ma & pa figgered out how to keep me contained, & Ah figgered out the best place to be was at home with the rest of mah pack.
4)Ah LOVE to watch TV. Speshully animal shows. Mah favorites are nature documentaries. Mama furst discovered my fascination with the boobtube when I was jest a youngpup, she pawsed the TV for somethin, an it just happened to paws with a pitcher of a bad guy on the screen. Ah knowd he was a bad guy! Ah yelled & yelled at him, hid behind the couch & poked mah head out & he was still there so Ah yelled some more, an Ah dint stop yellin til she unpawsed & that bad guy got out of our livin room!
5) Ah may have a red neck, an talk like a red neck, but Ah'm really very edumacated an have et very many good books.
6) Ah'm the best excavator in our pack, soon's dad uploads the pics Ah'll show y'all some of mah best efforts to complete our mission from the AO4 and sneak into China through the backdoor in Florie-duh.
7) Ah love my stuffies, an when Ah'm done playin with 'em, I hide 'em from the rest of the pack so's they won't go tryin to destuff 'em. Sometimes though, Ah have to get mama to help me cause Ah hide 'em so good Ah can't get to 'em again by mahself.
8) No grrrrls can resist me when Ah make mah flirty sexy bedroom eyes at 'em.

Chili here, I guess it's true, last but definitely not least!
1) I'm definitely the smartest in my pack, the rest of these guys are just doofus's.
2) I'm the worlds best couch potato, if they gave an award for couch potatoism our mantle would be full of my trophies.
3) I'm the fluffiest husky in the world! (OK, I may share the title with Queen Meeshka, but I'd definitely give her a run for her treats, just ask the poor Rainbow that has to try to suck up all my excess fur)
4) I'm scared of Advantage. OK, so it's a dumb thing to be scared of, but I'm still scared. Every month when the humans get the meds out, I take my heartworm pill, then run and hide under the coffee table and refuse to come out. They have to sneak up and dose me when I'm not paying attention.
5) I'm the cuddliest husky in the pack, and don't even mind when mom or the BoogieBoy use me as a pillow, long as they're loving on me at the same time.
6) I taught Cracker everything he knows about escapism, then I retired.
7) Even though I'm the shortest husky in the house, I can jump higher than anyhusky else. When the leashes come out and I know we're going somewhere I start jumping up & down waiting for them to open the door, I can jump straight up and my nose reaches the top of the door! Mom calls me her "Mexican Jumping Bean".
8) I'm the boss! Period, end of story! They're MY humans, My food, My toys, My bed, My couch, MINE, MINE, MINE. The rest of them are just lucky I share....

Now, here are the rules;
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight dogs at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

Since Miss Holly already tagged anyone who hasn't already played to join in the fun, we're just going to second that motion. If you haven't already played, consider yourselves tagged!
We'll try to get dad to upload the pics so we can tell y'all about our efforts to invade China in our next post, and we'll be sure to take lots of pics at the Husky Howl this weekend so we can post about that next week. Cracker invited Miss Shelby to come to Florie-duh to attend the festivities as his date, (and Maddox to be her escort) so we'll have to let you know whether or not her mom agrees to bring her all the way from Tex-us, and how their furst date goes.

Until then,
Manykisses & Husky Hugs from
Bama & the River Hill Pack

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Mission orders from the AO4, new tag from Tia & Sitka

Howroo, everypup & Wilbur,

Sorry it's taken us so long to post something, mom found a new sim game, Plant Tycoon, online and has been playing every night. We had a pretty good storm roll through this afternoon & knock the power out, so that was the end of her game, Maybe now I'll be able to make her take her blogging duties seriously.

We're so excited, we recieved our mission from the AO4, and we've been working on a tunnel to China ever since. We have a gazillion holes in the backyard. We understand it would be easier to dig one large hole instead of bunches of small ones, but then we hit a tree root and have to start all over.

Mom says she won't allow the pics on our blog, she's too embarassed about our landscaping projects", but dad is the "keeper of the camera" so we just need to get him to take the pics.







We've gotten tagged to play a cool new game from our friends Tia & Sitka. The rules are pretty self-explanatory, just follow the suggestions given. Our answers will be in BLUE

I will go first - BAMA

YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (favorite stuffie + tail characteristic)
Pillow Fan


YOUR GANGSTER NAME: (favorite kong-filler + favorite cookie)
Peanut Butter Huskoreo


YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color + favorite animal species)
Red Wolf


SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name + city where you were born)
Lamb Mobile


YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name + first 2 letters of your first name)
LamBa


SUPERHERO NAME: (“The” + 2nd favorite color + favorite drink)
The Maroon Michalobe


NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Larry Johnny (not to be confused with Ricky Bobby, howrroooo)



STRIPPER NAME: (your favorite scent + favorite treat)
Glop Yogurt


WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names)
Renee' Lee


TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (your vet’narin’s last name + a major city that starts with the same letter)
Athey Atlanta


SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday + favorite flower)
Winter Honeysuckle


CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit + article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Banana Nekkidy

HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast + your favorite plant)
Glop Wisteria


YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (“The” + Your favorite hobby + favorite weather element + “Tour”)
The Digging Tornado Tour



OK, Cracker says he wants to go next:

-YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (favorite stuffie + tail characteristic)
Hide-an-egg Long
GANGSTER NAME: (favorite kong-filler + favorite cookie)
Peanut Butter Liv-a-Snap
YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color + favorite animal species)
Orange Possum
YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name + city where you were born)
Cracker is my middle name, so....Cracker St. Augustine
YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name + first 2 letters of your first name
JacCh
SUPERHERO NAME: (“The” + 2nd favorite color + favorite drink)
The Hunter Green Busch
NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Larry Johnny
STRIPPER NAME: (your favorite scent + favorite treat)
Eggs Pupsicle
WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names)
Renee' Lee
TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (your vet’narin’s last name + a major city that starts with the same letter
Athey Andalucia
SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday + favorite flower)
Thanksgiving Hybiscis
CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit + article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Pumpkin Nekkidie
HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast + your favorite plant)
Glop Oak
YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (“The” + Your favorite hobby + favorite weather element + “Tour”)
The Zooming Sun Tour

Next is Chili:
YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (favorite stuffie + tail characteristic)
Duck Fluffy
YOUR GANGSTER NAME: (favorite kong-filler + favorite cookie)
Senior Huskoreo
YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color + favorite animal species)
Blue Skwirrel
YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name + city where you were born)
Hot Inverness
YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name + first 2 letters of your first name)
PepBo
SUPERHERO NAME: (“The” + 2nd favorite color + favorite drink)
The White Water
NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Johhny Larry
STRIPPER NAME: (your favorite scent + favorite treat)
Pig Feet Cheese

WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names)
Lee Renee'
WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (your vet’narin’s last name + a major city that starts with the same letter)
Athey Austin
SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday + favorite flower)
Christmas Magnolia
NAME: (favorite fruit + article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Pumpkin Nudie
HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast + your favorite plant)
Glop Monstera
YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (“The” + Your favorite hobby + favorite weather element + “Tour”)
The Napping Rain Tour

And finally, Mikki
YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (favorite stuffie + tail characteristic)
Boogie Slipper Plume
YOUR GANGSTER NAME: (favorite kong-filler + favorite cookie
Liver Milk Bone
YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color + favorite animal species)
Blue Lizard
SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name + city where you were born)
Auma La Grange
YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name + first 2 letters of your first name)
AurMi
SUPERHERO NAME: (“The” + 2nd favorite color + favorite drink)
Red Water
NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Johnny Larry
Stripper Name: (your favorite scent + favorite treat)
Eggs Cookie
WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names)
Lee Renee'
TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (your vet’narin’s last name + a major city that starts with the same letter)
Athey Austin
SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday + favorite flower)
Spring Lily
CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit + article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Peach Nudie
HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast + your favorite plant)
Glop Grass
YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (“The” + Your favorite hobby + favorite weather element + “Tour”)
The Stargazing Sunny Day Tour

Wowoo, pups that took some thought! Mom says she's going to bed so guess we'll have to close down for the night, sniff ya later furballs.
We tag Army of 4, Turbo & HollyBollyBananaBoo. Have fun pups!
Manykisses,
Bama & the RHP

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mikki's interview by Jack-a-Roo of Cyber-Sibes fame, Cool new tag from Tasha & Eva, Happy Ending for local rescue facility & Survivorman!

Howroooroo Everypup. Mikki here, I got a lovely message from Cyber-Sibes, and the oh so cute Jack has asked to interview me. Thank woo Jack-a-Roo for the lovely compliments, although I'm currently on Pippa's LONG list of grrrlfriends, I'm sure he wouldn't mind sharing my affections, after all, I don't mind sharing his....I'd be honored to be your grrrlfriend. Here is the interview from Jack (in Bold, of course)
Jack here, & I wants to know:
1. Mikki, how do you maintain your royal beauty, especially when you have to discipline those rowdy boys?
It's really very simple Jack. I have a magic coat. When I was born DOG blessed me with a magic coat, nothing sticks to me. I can go out and dig in the mud, be totally filthy, come in and have mom dry me off as best she can, then once I'm dry the dirt just flies away from me. Instead of being allergic to dust & dirt, it's allergic to me, woohoohoo. Daddy sometimes calls me the teflon husky. Crackers coat is very similar, and it seems the Monster's coat is going to be that way too. Chili is the only one of us that ever seems to really need a bath, cause he's so fluffy, if something gets through all that fur it has no hope of ever escaping! (mom thinks our fish oil, & vitamin E capsules with breakfast every morning might have something to do with it, but I know I have a magic coat).

2. Chili has a gift with color & mosaics, - What is your special gift?
My gift is more of a psychological gift, I'm the pack referee and peacemaker. No matter who is arguing, or what they're arguing about, if it gets too heated I get right into the middle of it and usually manage to break it up. I think it's a southern lady, steel magnolia kind of talent, when the LADY of the house has to raise her voice, everypuppy stops to listen.
3. I read that you are a great hunter - what is the biggest baddest prey you've ever taken down?
I guess the biggest was a possum, although Cracker helped with that one. On my own I've caught several rats (mom thinks they were sick from poison the neighbors put out, but I am a GREAT huntress, I don't need human help! How insulting!) I've also caught many lizards, toads, buggies, and a snake. Cracker catches lots of snakes, Chili used to catch skwirells before he got so chubby, and Bama catches leaves & sticks. Wooooo, scary...
4. What is your favorite thing to eat, and were do you like to eat it?
Since mom & dad put us on the BARF diet I love almost everything, but our new favorite is pig feet. Mom says it's kinda gross, but it takes us a long time to chew em up good and we sound like a pack of wolves out in our sunroom at dinner time, ripping, and chewing, and chomping, and crunching. Mmmmm, wonder if mom has any treats...Woo, sorry, I got sidetracked there for a second. I also LOVE our breakfast glop, with ground meat, veggies, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin, oats & other stuff. It's yummy! And even mom & dad say it smells pretty good, compared to any canned food they've ever smelled. We eat breakfast out of our bowls in the kitchen, but since dinner consists of some kind of raw meaty bones we get those out in the sunroom, with the easy to clean tile floor.
(mom says since we've been on the new diet they've been AMAZED. No soupy poops or upset tummies, destructive chewing has almost disappeared, we even only destuffed one of the new toys she brought us from AlaBAMA, and our coats look BEAWOOTIFUL)
5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?Looking forward to hearing your answers, Mikki! Jack A-Roo
I think I'd love to visit Alaska. One of my very favorite things to do is sit outside at night and just stare up at the stars. Mom usually has to call my name a couple of times to get my attention and "bring me back to earth". I think it would be the coolest thing ever to see the Aurora Borealis in person! Course mom & dad would probably have to camp out cause they'd never get me in the house, woohoo. I think I'm gonna ask for a telescope for Christmas, I want to see the Dog Star, and find out if I woo at him, if he'll woo back.

Thanks Jack-a-roo, that was lots of fun, and such a gentlemanly thing to do, takin pity on a southern damsel in distress.

We got this tag from Tasha & Eva:
"We would like to tag you for a new game. Tell us 3 things that you and your pack "Help" your humans do. Look forward to hearing your answers! Belly Rubs, Tasha & Eva."

Woo girls, this is a good one, thanks for tagging us! We had to put our furry heads together to come up with the top 3, cause we all help them in SO many ways, but these were our favorites.

1) One or more of us supervises every visit to the bathroom. While the humans are in there we attempt to sniff to see if they need to put on clean underwear, and inspect their output to insure they haven't contracted any diseases, supervise showers and baths to insure no human drowns, & inspect trash cans for tissue, tp rolls or q-tips that need to be removed and destroyed.

2) Keep their credit rating in tip-top shape by insuring they use their plastic cards regularly shopping for toys & treats online, heartworm & flea/tick preventatives, visits to the V.E.T, both planned and unplanned, not to mention the cost of sending us to the resort if they want to go somewhere together overnight! We've heard humans say "you have to spend money to make money", We're doing our part to make sure we help our humans to become extremely wealthy!

3)Make sure they get plenty of excercise and don't become couch potatos. If they sit down and look too comfortable for more than a couple of minutes, we'll go in another room and make loud noises so they have to get up to check on us, or we'll insist we need to go outside & they never leave us outside unsupervised. We all help with their upperbody strength on lead, and Bama helps more with an excersize she's devised requiring them to push her down from the counter or the stove anytime they are cooking or eating anything.

We are very happy for our local Human Society this week. They are a no-kill shelter, and do a lot of good work finding second homes for furkids that can no longer be in their first home. They had a terrible fire there last spring, most of the pups were saved but they lost almost all of the cats (93) to smoke inhallation before the rescue workers could get to them. Thanks to local fundraising efforts and charity on the part of many good people in our city, they opened back up this past weekend, in a lovely and state of the art new facility, and they're back in business doing what they do best, helping furballs in need. Of course I'm sure they still have lots to do but they have new, clean & dry, safe facilities to house everyone in. That is Pawsome, and we give 16 paws up to the dedicated employees & volunteers that fostered the kids until the new facility was complete, and to the businesses, workers and volunteers who donated time & money to get the facility back up and running in as short a time as possible!
JHS is our hero's of the week.

Now our mom wants' to rant a bit. She and dad watched Survivorman many times, but the third episode this season took place in Labrador. He went in with a team of huskies, but after a couple of days he decided to eat some of the dogs food, then give a demonstration about how hard it would be to live without the team, and how much those dogs are relied and counted on. So whats he do? Lets them go, the whole team, still in harness & dragging the sled behind them. He said "they know their way home, they'll be back in their kennels eating a warm meal within 24 hours. After a long soft rain, the ice started to melt too much for snowmobiles or sleds to get to him & get him out of there, so they sent a helicopter to pick up he and his crew. Nothing was ever again mentioned about the dogteam, and I'm forced to wonder if they did make it home safe. What if someone got hurt and the rest of the team was forced to drag him in harness? What if the sled tipped over, or got caught on something so they couldn't escape? What if they too got cut off by the raising water and sudden ice melt and found themselves unable to return home. Mom & Dad were both furious, "he counted on those dogs to keep him safe and get him where he needed to go, then he ate their food and cut them loose to make it on their own (or not). Now we are boycotting Survivorman in our house, we won't support anyone who could so callously put his partners at risk. And though it's been several weeks since we saw this, we still don't know if the dogs made it home, or what kind of condition they were in. All we can say: for survivormans sake, we hope they did make it home okay, and that the owners of that pack didn't feel a need to resort to violence over his lack of responsibility. I'm afraid I would have kicked his butt back to the plane to wherever he was going next for putting my family in danger.
Okay, thanks pups for letting me get that off my chest. Happy Humpday Everypup.
Mom has turned the computer back over to me, guess I better close now, mom's falling asleep on the keyboard, and it's going on 2AM
Here are the rules for the interviews, if you'd like to be interviewed, post a comment on this blog tellin us your wish to be interviewed.
THE RULES:
1. If you are interested in being interviewed, leave me a comment saying, 'interview me.'
2. I will respond by posting five questions for you. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

We'd like to tag Amici, The Mullins Clan & the Kapp Pack to tell us 3 ways they help their humans.
Gentle Nose Nudges from,
Miss Mikki, Steel Magnolia & the rest of the RHP

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The boys get Interviewed

Howroo everypup (& Wilbur)!


Chili here, Cap'n Zim graciously agreed to interview me, like the Bamonster's post, his questions will be in Bold:

1/ Have you always been interested in color and design?


I guess I must've been, at least as long as I can remember. Most of my color & design capabilities have been restricted to the rearranging of furniture, throw pillows, and blankies, though. (why do humans insist on putting those stoopid little "decorative" pillows on the furniture? Furst thing I do when mounting my throne is to toss them right on the floor. You'd think the humom would get the message, but nooooooo. Even after we destuffed them all, she just went and bought new ones!!!)

2/ How long did it take your bipeds to realize you had this special gift? I mean... I've seen that mosaic you designed, and it's AWESOME!

Awwwwe, Zim, thanks! (Now I'm blushing....)


Mom realized early on that I had a natural knack for the above mentioned chores, but she was sure when she started the mosaic. I insisted on being there to supervise throughout the entire process, and had considerable input into the colors and placement of tile pieces.

3/ Who really rules your pack?

I'm so GLAD you asked! I do, of course. That little upstart Bama thinks she's gonna rule cause she's gonna be the biggest, just cause I'm the smallest doesn't mean I can't rule with claws of iron, just ask Mik & Cracker. Even though she's already much bigger than me, she doesn't dare mess with me like she does the other two. I just give her the look, & a low grumble, and she backs right off. She's pretty good at keeping the others in line though, which means more nap time for me....

4/ How come Bama gets the blog in her name?

Mom came home one day in July, she had been looking online for husky cartoons & discovered Queen Mishka's blog. That night she read a lot of the posts to all of us, in between her tears of laughter & hiccups. We had NO idea there was a whole world of blogging doggies out there! We all decided immediately that we wanted a blog too, so we could start making friends. Well...you know how kids are, so impatient, (are we there yet, are we there yet?) & Bama just bounced all over, trying to chew the computer cords, standing up in mom's lap to see the screen for the videos, and basically made a real pain in the snooter spot of herself until mom finally gave in. I guess it's true, the squeaky wheel does get the grease. (BTW, thanks for the "snooter" word, it's our new favorite word!)

5/ Who is your favorite playmate and why?

For zoomies it's definitely Cracker, that boy is FAST!! For real live chew toy fun, any of the other three will do, they all squeal equally satisfyingly. My favorite human playmate is MY BoogieBoy, although my favorite thing to do with him is cuddle.

The lovely and regal HollyBollyBananaBoo agreed to interview Cracker, (after he begged so embarassingly, what's he think he is, a poodle?) So I'm gonna turn it over to him, he's been almost as impatient as Bama, for Dogness sake! Besides, I'm overdue for a nap....
Warm Fuzzies,
Chili















Owoooowooowoo, finally Ah get a turn! It's me, everypup, the Southern Cracker! Ah'm so excited to be interviewed by the gorgeous Miss HBBB, hopefully she'll like my answers and agree to be my grrrlfriend. Ya'll know the drill, Holly's questions'll be in Bold.

1. How do you like living in the very hot south? And how do you handle the heat?

This is kinda hard fur me to answer cause Ah aint never knew nothin else. Ah's borned just down the road aways in St. Augustine. We went to Chicago fur a visit one time, but it was in July and just as hot there as it was here. Ah'm truly a southern gentleman. Mama says if'n she'd a knowd what a southern gentleman I was gonna turn out to be she mighta thought 'bout namin me Red Butler, but Ah'm glad Ah'm the CrackerMan. She wants us all to live in Aridzona some day, she says it's hot there too, but not so hoomid, and she says it's really nice in the mountains north of the Phoenix metro area.


As far as handlin the heat, that's what they make AC fur! And of course we have the sunroom that Chili decorated so beawootifully, with cool tile floors and a giant ceiling fan.

2. Do you get enough attention with so many fur siblings?

Woo can ever get nuff attention? But Ah'm really good at getting lovins from mama. Ah woo at her and she just has to woo back. Then Ah make mah sexy bedroom flirty eyes at her and she just melts, becomes putty in mah paws, furst Ah lower my lids halfway, then Ah blink really slow, then dad says "Quit tryin to make time with my ol' lady" howrooroo....If that doesn't make her immediately come love on me, Ah yell, LOUDLY, over & over. One way or another, it's just not possible fur her to ignore me, so yeah, Ah reckon Ah get as much attention as Ah want. Ah'm also the only one that likes to watch TV with her, (as long as she puts on Animal Planet or something similar). We'll cuddle together on the couch and watch fur hours, my favorite shows are anything to do with sleddin, wolves, and Cesar Milan. (hey don't get the wrong idea, the best way to defend yourself is to know the opponant's strategy!) Ah watched the Iditarod race with her every week this year! Wooooohoooo, Lance Mackey!
(mom here, he really will watch TV for hours as long as there are animals on it, I've been amazed by his attention span, and just like me, he totally tunes out the commercials, heehee)

3. Where is your favorite place to sleep?

Usually at the foot of the bed, on mama's side, keepin her feet warm fur her. Ah used to sleep on the chaise lounge until Bama et the swan head, now it's just not fittin for one of my grace and beawooty, though Ah will move down there if'n Ah get too hot during the night.

4. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would that be, and why?

Ah think Ah'd like somewhere northern like "laska, or Minnie-soda, but Ah've never been in snow, so Ah aint fur shur. Mama keeps pushin Aridzona & says northern AZ gets snow too, so....Ah do reckon Ah'd like it out west, mama says there's still lots of wide open spaces, not like here, 'less'n it's a swamp.

5. What is the most expensive thing you have destroyed?

This one is tuff! Ah've destroyed lots of stuff, but not anything really 'spensive.
Let me ponder on it.....books, pillows, rugs....Oh, Ah know! Mama collects Navaho Kachina dolls, (as well as a gazillion other stuffs). She had a really nice set of 7, all handcrafted by the same native American artist. Ah leaped the gate into the front room one time and turned "Butterfly" into splinters. He tasted so good, an Ah had so much fun Ah broke out again a few days later and performed my durability test on Fox. (he dint hold up either...) Mama now has the rest of her collection behind doors in a curio cabinet & up on top shelves of the bookcase where even Ah cain't reach 'em.

Thank woo for the interview Miss Holly, that was lotsa fun! Ah'm postin a pitcher of me with my best sexy bedroom flirty eyes, would ya do me the honor of bein mah grrrlfriend? These chicks round here are too scared of The Big Chill to pay 'nuff attention to me, so Ah need a grrrlfriend that won't be 'timidated by him.














OK, here's the rules:

If you want me to interview you:
1. If you are interested in being interviewed, leave me a comment saying, 'interview me.'
2. I will respond by posting five questions for you. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
So......everypup (& Wilbur), who wants to be interviewed? And which of us would you like to do the interviewing?


Guess we're gonna close for now, I gotta send mama to find another doggie doing interviews and ask pretty please for somepup to interview Mikki. She says she feels left out cause nopup wanted to interview her, here's a pitcher of her givin her sad, "won't somepuppy interview me, pretty please" look.....

Woowoo's & Playbows
Cracker (Southern Gentleman)