Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

All of us here at Army of Four Headquarters would like to wish all of you a Thanksgiving full of too many blessings to count!

We have many reasons to give thanks to God this year.  Topping the list is our time spent together as a family.  We hope you will all understand that we have decided to take a break from blogging for a while, to spend more quality time en famille.  We will check in with you when we can, but for now, from all of us ...

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Stormy

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Ammy

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Zim

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and Dave

... we and our bipeds wish you health, happiness, and very cool adventures!

Tail wags, love, play bows and luv,
Storms, Amber, Zim and Dave

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let's Go!

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me - Zim!  So ... the other morning, we took Dad on our really long forced road march, then in the afternoon, we took Mom on one, too!  Dave and I were having a great time afterwards, just relaxing in the living room like we like to do, when Mom said that funny thing she says about someone having excess energy.  I have no idea what that was all about, but the next thing I knew, Mom and I were in the car, heading down the road!

Before I knew it, the scenery started to look like this:

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"Wowzers!  I know JUST where we are!"

I knew exactly where we were! We were at the Top of the World!!! How exciting - I hadn't been there for quite some time. Something about tall grass, fleas and ticks. I have no idea what that's all about.

We walked down this way for a bit:

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"Oooh, check out the Flint Hills!"

Then down this way:

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It was loads of fun, but I admit I was a bit zapped when I got home. It was all I could do to kick back with Dave for a while before it was time for another walk!

This cooler weather sure is great, isn't it? I hope you're all enjoying it, too!

Play bows,
Zim

Monday, November 22, 2010

Coping

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  As many of you know, we've been in the midst of a living room re-do.  It's been tough for me, as my favorite chair apparently is gone for good.  Sigh.  I'm coping as best I can.

Remember I showed you I have more room by my window now?  That's been real nice.  They also took that one table away, though, and switched it with another one, so I can't stick my head under there any more.  That's OK - really.  I have lots of room to stretch out:

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Very comfy. And my very cool Army quilt is right there by the fireplace, so I can lay on that when I want to.

Ammy's Weather Lab is still in place over on the other side of the room. In fact ...

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...it's mighty comfy in the Weather Lab.

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I'll be right here if anyone needs anything.

Play bows,
Zim

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Serene Scenery Sunday

Tail wags, dear readers, it's me - Stormy!  I have a lot to share with you for Serene Scenery Sunday, so grab a bowl of water and some treats, sit back, and get ready to relax!

Remember the other day I told you I was out admiring the sunset?  Here's a look at that to get us started:

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The colors were so rich! Here's a close-up:

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It was mighty spectacular!

The leaves are still turning all kinds of lovely colors. Here is a look at some of them:

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Our Japanese Maple

Check out the Burning Bush:

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While I was out front helping Mom get that photo, a friend of mine showed up!

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Little bunnies support our troops, too!

Can you see him? Let's get closer!

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"Hello!"

I meant "closer" with the camera. Remember -- today's post is supposed to be soothing and calm!  Please don't scare my friend Osletto!

We got a good dose of snow flurries this past week! It was lovely, but we didn't get any really good photos. We also got a heavy frost one morning and did get a good shot of that on some mums!

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Lastly, here is a look at last night's full moon:

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"Ha-ooooooooooo!!!"

For more leaf color, please feel free to visit our FlickR Garden Pix Set!

I hope you enjoyed our Serene Scenery Sunday post!

Tail wags,
Storms

PS:  ...Please quit staring at the bunny.  He's my friend!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tube vs Stuffie

Hi everypuppy and everycat!  It's me - Ammy!  Many of our friends like Meeshka, Sitka & CM, and Tubey himself (and apparently the Beagles Mom grew up with), find cardboard tubes quite entertaining.  You know - like the ones inside a roll of paper towels or toilet paper?  Those.  We've never really gotten into the whole "paper thing", but Mom gave me one the other day to see if I'd like to play with it.

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"What am I supposed to do with this?"

No offense, but I didn't really get it. Oh, it's not like I didn't feel like playing ... it's just not my thing.

I sent Mom a mind-meld message, letting her know what I'd really like to play with.

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"Oooh, a stuffie!"

Yes! I know what to do with a stuffie!

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" Fa la la la la la la... ♪"

I made quick work of this one.  Mom was a bit surprised, as this toy has been with me for a number of years.  It was time, though.

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"Now that was fun!"

I know we have another one of those cool camo footballs stashed away with our other toys somewhere.

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"Let's go play with that one, too!"

Mom thought I had played with stuffies enough for one day.

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"My work here is done then!"

It was great fun! I highly recommend de-stuffing over shredding tubes.

Love,
Ammy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo Finish Friday!

Tail wags, dear readers!  It's me - Storms - here with Photo Finish Friday.  Well, it happened.  Despite my best efforts, despite this being something I work so very hard to avoid, and despite teaching others to do as I do ... I let my guard down and ... and I let Mom get some decent pix of me.  I know!  She ... she tricked me!  It happened the other evening.

I went out to admire the sunset ...

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"Gorgeous!"

It was beautiful! I went over to the stair-railing to get a better view.

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"Isn't that just stunning?!?"

Then it hit me!

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"Is that the camera?!?"

I couldn't believe it! She was sneaking around with it! With the camera!  And she took my photo!

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"Do you have any cookies on you?  I need to be compensated for this."

She didn't have any treats on her. I couldn't believe it. I gave her my best harp seal look so she'd get a snack for me when we went in.

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"Look into my eyes..."

I did get a nice snack.  And Mom was thrilled with the pix - especially the last one.  Something for everyone, I suppose.  Oh, yeah ~ she wanted me to point out that if you look closely at the inner side of my brown eye, you can even see my flash of blue!  I think I deserve another cookie for that!

Happy Photo Finish Friday, everyone!  Cookies for everybody!

Tail wags,
Storms

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Previously ... at Ao4 Headquarters

Ha roo, pups and cool cats.  It's me, Zim, here with Dave.  For those who wondered what exactly was going on yesterday in our Wordless Wednesday post, this collage should explain things:

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Ha roo roo roo!

Play bows,
Zim

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More BRO Photos

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me - Dave.  As you saw on Serene Scenery Sunday, Mom did a photo shoot with just me for the Big Red One pet photo contest.  I think I did a really good job - and I thought I'd share some more of my pix with you.  Ready?

I thought this one was pretty good!

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I even have the Burning Bush in the background. Ammy said to tell you that as far as bushes go, it's a "big red one". Ha woo. I love my kid sister.

In this next picture, Mom asked me if I'd like a cookie:

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"Cookie?!?!"

Then she asked me if I'd like to wear Dad's Desert Storm hat.

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"Wear the hat?  No... don't really want to!"

The cookies ran out - and interestingly enough, so did my desire to participate in the photo shoot.

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It's really hard posing like that. I mean really! Especially if there aren't any more cookies.

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"I wonder if the cats from next door are out..."

I tried my best, but it was hard to focus.  Mom asked me to try... but without cookies, I had to find another source for motivation.

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"How 'bout a tummy rub?!?"

Remember, as a Siberian Husky, I'm a member of the Working Breed class.  It's hard, hard work, but I've been well rewarded trained.

As per an entry for the contest - here's what we came up with for me:

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The caption is a line from the Big Red One song; you can read the lyrics and even listen to it at this link.

I think Mom's happy with the photo shoots!  She entered a few - you can enter as often as you like.  We'll let you know how it goes.  The deadline is the 20th and I think the winner is announced on the 22nd.  I wonder if she's going to try to get the girls to do anything...

Luv,
Dave

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thoughts on Monday

Tail wags, dear friends, it's me - Stormy.  Here's how the day started for me:

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"Stormy, it looks like Monday out here."
"Yep.  Sure does, Dave.  Let's take it on!"

Tackle the week, pups and kit-cats!  Make something good happen!

Tail wags,
Storms

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Serene Scenery Sunday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  I thought I'd share some more Autumn color with you today - how does that sound?

Let's start with the sunset from last Sunday!

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Aren't the colors rich and warm?

There are lots of cool colors out front that made me feel serene. Here's a look at our Burning Bush:

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What an intense red!  You might have noticed it in the background of the Big Red One photo shoot that Zimmie and I did.  Or maybe not.  I know there was talk about trying to get that in the background.

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"Did you say something?"

There's a chance that I wasn't paying attention.  Slight chance.  Moving right along...

We've shown you lots of pix of our mums already. Our neighbors have some that are really full and poufy; the girls, Zim and I like to snoof them whenever we walk past them.

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Not our mum's mums; the neighbors' mums

There are lots of trees in the neighborhood popping with color! Here's one with lots of yellows and greens:

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I like the contrast against the blue sky! Speaking of contrast, check out these next two:

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I love the red against the backdrop of the Flint Hills and the yellowy Cottonwood trees!!

I hope those pix made you feel serene! They sure did the trick for me.

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"Zzzz...."

Have a serene Sunday!

Luv,
Dave