Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thanking, Thinking, and a little of This and That

Thank you, Daisy, for sharing this nice award with us.
That was so nice of you.

And the rules say to share it with 15 furiends. Well, you know what we Siberians think about rules. It is too hard to name just 15, so go ahead, accept this as an early Christmas gift from the OP Pack.

We were very sad this week to learn that a very sweet kitty furiend has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Charybdis, the beautiful and beloved furbaby of our friends at Alasandra: The Cats & a Dog, will be missed so much by so many. Please send some good thoughts to her family. If you have ever visited their blog, you know that they have beautiful gardens and share their lovely flowers with us all the time. Today they have dedicated their gardening tour to the memory of Charybdis. It is a little cold here for any outside blooms, but we wanted to offer Mom's beautiful Christmas cactus as a tribute to the memory of Charybdis.

Last year it didn't bloom on time for Christmas, but look at it now!

It seems to really like this spot on the mantel of the kitchen fireplace.
Isn't it so beautiful?

Next to it you can see our pretty Siberian Husky carousel.

Let's turn it around a bit so you can see some more.

And one more spin. Mom got this a few years ago. We all would love to be able to pull a sled like that too.

As we said, it is very cold here today. It was only 2 degrees when Mom got up this morning. Yes, we sibes are supposed to love the cold. Someone must have forgotten to give the message to Phantom.

He loves the warm sun.

And the sun shining through the windows is his favorite.

Thunder, on the other hand, loves the snow and the cold. Here he is trying to be patient and wait for his brother to wake up
and go out with him.

You guessed it, he gave up pretty quickly and headed out by himself to check out the yard. We still have some snow, not much, but some is better than none.

Oh oh, maybe I made a mistake, it is pretty frigid out here.

Please, can I come in?

Woos, the OP Pack


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome post!

Khongrats on your award!

I'm sure Charybdis and her purrramily will be khwite touched by the khakhtus -

We are still sad fur them -

If TD holds on just a bit longer, I'll do my best to get there and play in the SNOW with him!


Alex93andme said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of the sweet kitty Charybdis. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Love the decorations!! I also love the pictures of Phantom and Thunder...maybe it is a little too cold..please can I come back in!! That's so cute!!

Sparkee Spud said...

It is very cold up here in Nebraska. It was below zero when we went out for the morning walk. My human was shivering and making this chattering sound. I cut my walk short for their sake!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Congrats on your award guys!
Phantom, Samantha here, I love to follow the sun in the house and get warm that way.

TD, you are like me(June)! I love the snow and cold too! I love sitting in the snow and just chill.

Samantha & June

Anna the GSD said...

Okay, mom has one of those plant cacti things, but it doesn't look like that. While it's tek-nick-ally green and alive, but I don't think it will have pretty flowers!

Samantha said...

Congrats on your award - well deserved! Love the Cactus and carousel - both beautiful - the carousel is amazing - I love how it turns! How cool to have a fireplace in the kitchen!! I'll guess that you need it in 2 degree weather!! I'd love to play with you in the snow, but that sun looks pawesomely lovely too!
Hugs xo

Sue said...

We had flurries yesterday and Tsar wanted to go out, but it was so cold and windy that he came right back in and curled up in his blanket. He spent the whole day that way. Our snow didn't stick.

Stella said...

Our best wishes to the family of Charybdis and the Christmas Cactus is lovely. One of our favorite plants!

We had 20 below zero last night, and its warming up to five below today. Whooo, banana belt weather!

My trips out are fast ones!


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Congrats on the award, and very lovely word about Charybdis.

It looks VERY cold over your way. Brrrrrrrrr!

Ms. ~K said...

Congrats on well-deserved award... I love the husky carousel, very unique, just like the OP Pack!
Stay warm,

Wild Dingo said...

Loki's like Phantom! He LOVES the sun. Juno's like TD.... colder the better! she hasn't seen snow... can you believe that? I'm a bad sibe momma!

we love your carrosel and cactus! we haven't even decorated yet!

Sierra Rose said...

That's great!!! Outside to play, and inside to lounge in the sunlight. Sounds good to us!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Gus said...

OOOOH...we love the carousel! Lucky Eskimo to have such pretty doggies.


Martine said...

It's been colder here in N. CA than usual and I was watching the news and they highlighed dogs and cold wether.... they were saying no matter what type of dog you have (thick fur or very little fur) if they aren't use to the cold they wont much care for it! So even though you ar meant to be snow pups and pull sleds... in reality you live inside! So I think i'ts normal that you might get cold and want to come in!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

2 degrees?!? Our mom feels bad for your mom, but I say that it sounds wonderful. I might just pack my bags and come spend the weekend with you.


Piappies World said...

Hi there Phantom and Thunder!

Congratulations on your award! Sure is exciting that you are enjoying the snow there. Phantom, hope you had a chance to zoom zoomies outside too. Though you really look so comfty roll rolling in dreamland.

We really like the carousel. Round and round it goes.

We also cross our paws to say a prayer for your friend, Charybdis.

- Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Ludo van Doggy said...

Sorry about the loss of your friend. I sure they will like seeing the cactus. The carousel very cool indeed!

I think I like the warmth too!
~lickies, Ludo

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Congratulations on your much deserved award. The beautifully blooming Christmas cactus is a lovely memorial to your friend, Charybdis...I am sure her family will appreciate the lovely photo. Mom thought your dog sled team merry-go-round was awesome! Enjoy the snow...and the warm sunny window is all about variety.

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Guys, that was a lovely tribute to your friend - our thoughts are with her family.
Our Christmas cactus is in flower this Christmas too which makes a change.
We loved the husky carousel - just the right decoration for you house.
We love your pics in the snow.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

What a pretty cactus, and we LOVE that Sibe carousal!
Thank woo for saying I could come down there and cuddle wiff you guys to warm up. I just might have to do that cuz I'm still a little frozen, although it has warmed up to 20 degrees right now.

Partially Thawed Cloud

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Congrats on your award!!!
You deserve it!!!
And what a great great post!!!!

Hahhahhahhaaaaa!!!Dear you don't like cold!!!!!
We do!!!
We would love walking in the snow with Thunder!!!!
The last pic of him praying to go inside home again is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
Our prayers are for your friend Charybdis!!!!
Run free sweety!!!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh we love it.. Wish we had some snow too.. So sorry to hear the bad news about Charybdis...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Ginger Jasper said...

Lovely post.. I love the little carousel. just so pretty. The cactus I love. Ours flowered early for grandma's aniversary. The last picture is priceless.. Hugs GJ xx

Huffle Mawson said...

Phantom, I'd be in there lying in the sun with you. That's the best thing ever. The cactus is looking very pretty this time of the year! Maybe it prefers being on the mantel like that.

SEDONA said...

Hi guys, I'm so glad you got snow too! I often think of all my Sibe friends when I'm out in the white stuff.
What a cool carousel! Bet the little two-leggers love it. And nice Christmas cactus; my human's isn't blooming so well this year, only one measly bud :-(
Your pal,

Clive said...

We love that carousel!

Lucky you with still some snow left to play in.

love and woofs

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Pawsome piccies, Phantom looks very relaxed laying in that bit of sun..hehe

Sorry about your kitty friend. :-(

Congrats on your award!

Holly & Zac

Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations on your award! Your Husky carousel is so cool!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on your award!

We're sorry to hear about Charybdis. We're thinking of her family.

Sometimes it is a little too cold to be outside so we don't blame you both for wanting to be inside today!

Sonic said...

That is such an awesome carousel! Did you guys get it for Christmas before?

Sorry to hear about your friend... it's such a lousy time for anyone to go over the rainbow bridge.


Asta said...

Phantom and Thindew
Congwatulations on youw pawsome awawd!!! Thank you fow shawing wif all of us!!!
I love playing in the snow, but I must say that snooze in the sun suwe looks good. I bet you two would be pawfect at pulling a sled. I love youw cawousel and youw lovely cactus.

I love chawybdis and hew family and will miss hew's such a sadness and twagedy fow them
Smoochie kisses,ASTA

Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
I am sorry to know about Charybdis.
The plant gave you beautiful flowers!
Congratulations on your Award!
I belong to Phantom's club! I love the sun too!
Kisses and hugs

BRUTUS said...

Hi guys!!
This IS your kind of weather, isn't it? We saw a husky today in our rally class and thought of you :) The windchill is -14F here, so maybe he was dreaming of being outside instead of listening to his handler!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Alasandra said...

The Christmas Cactus is lovely. We are very touched by your offering it as a tribute to Charybdis. We knows she would have enjoyed whapping it's dangling leaves, it look very fun to play with. ~Socks, Scylla & Fenris

PS: Thunder I will come play in the snow with you. ~Fenris

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Contgratualtions on your award!

We are very sad that Charybdis has gone to the bridge. The family will feel sadness for a long time.
I will send love from my heart.

It is very cold here too- it was 8 this am and the pipes are frozen.
Whats a Tweedles to do?
I know you love to go play in the snow and cold-but don't stay out very long. Come back in and sit by the fire, and I will come curl up with you.
We loved the little things you shared-the carrsouel and the little cactus plant.
I loved looking at your pictures- as always- cause your so beautiful.


Hmm I think Phantom needs a new pair of panytloons from Miss Khyra. You may want to order a new pair. Good thing the christmas cactus shares the sunbeam.

That carousel is very fun.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Hmm, 2 degrees is pretty cold ... still, I think Trixie would be willing to go romping in it with you!

Mr Koda MD said...

Congratulations on your award! its snowing in real life and snowing on your blog, exciting!!!!!!!!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Guys!
Kongratulations on your awards!
Wow it's snowing too on your blog!!
Kool! Kool! Kool!



Oh Thunder and Phanthom

So sorry to her about Charybdis. We will go over there right now.

That little bit of snow we got last week was a spit in the bucket compared to yours. Mommy says she thinks that Thunder has such gorgeous eyes and she would love to come out and play in the now with him if she was 40 years younger. I would rather stay in with Phanthom and lay in the sun.


SGR said...

Woof! Lovely post. Congrats on your award. So sorry for Charybids. SNOW SNOW!!! Just want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays. I just posted my last post for the year. We are going on a long Holiday break. Lots of Golden Holiday Woofs, Sugar

Deetz said...

It is very very cold here too, but we have not gotten any snow yet. I love the snow and the lil snowballs my fur makes on my doesn't like it so much though.
You guys are so gorgeous in the snow and the cactus is pretty with all those flowers.

TwoSpecialWires said...

What a wonderful post. Everything about it. Your tribute to Charybdis with the picture of your blooming Christmas cactus (against a lovely background) was such a perfect message. We know they'll love and appreciate it. And that husky carousel! How lucky you are to own that. It sets dreams and fantasies in motion! Moma LOVES carousels, and this one is so special.

We're glad you got a bit of snow, but totally understand the frigid weather. Like you, we like the sunny spots to nap. Speaking of which .... where's Jake?

Congratulations on your award! It's so well deserved. We love your blog.

Off to check our Christmas cactus. It usually waits until January ... which is fine ... we need some brightening up in that cold snowy month!

Fergi (and Jake ... I just heard a big yawn from the other room)

KB said...

Your pack makes me smile every day. What a beautiful pair with such different dogonalities! My dogs love both the snow and cold, and then coming inside and following the sun rays from one side of the house to the other. They know how to live!

I hope that you get more snow soon!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh what a wonderful post.

congratulations on your award and we LOVE the carousel.

emmitt says he is with phantom ~ sun good ... cold... well it is too cold.

we love seeing thunder enjoying it! how fun!

m & e

Ishtar said...

Congratulations on the award!
Very sorry to hear about Charybdis... Ishtar's Ark had a beautiful kitten for a short period of time; she left such a void after she died all too soon.

Sheba sends warm greetings to Phantom and asks if she can borrow some of his good fur in return? Snow looks very fun indeed but she's afraid she'd get her paws, ears and nose frozen...

Warm greetings from West Africa!

Dory and the Mama said...

I'm with you Thunder and will take a sunbeam over the cold anytime!!!


Siku Marie, White Dog said...

I love the snow falling on your blog page! Very cool effect. Did you get any more real stuff?

Cyber-sibes said...

Hey, there's snow on yur blog! Khool! how'd ya do that? That might be the only way I get any snow this year. We sent sad woos to Charybdis's family. *sigh*, the bridge is a busy place lately. Woo look so furyy fluffy out there in the cold, TD!

a-roos to yous,
Jack a-roo

PS - We have one of those husky carousel's too - isn't it fun to watch spin?

The Thundering Herd said...

Don't worry, Phantom, while Rusty loves playing in the snow, he prefers to sleep under a blanket and is quite adept at pulling one over himself.

Kasha said...

Sweet of you to remember Charybdis in your post. That is always sad. If you don't hear from me next week please have a very Merry Christmas! You guys are the best and deserve everything on your list.
Kasha and Africa

Twinkietinydog said...

Phantom is my kind of Sibe. I'll be happy to enjoy the warmth of the sun any day with him.
On behalf of my ma and the entire family, I want to thank you for all the feedback on potty training. Apparently Dakota's issues were temporary and only at night. Phew! We have new developments: only 5-10 minutes ago I heard our mom scream at the top of her lungs: Frankie's potty trained! (all that 'cause the brat peed on her pad twice in a row ha ha). We'll just have to wait and see, but it has been almost a full year.
Thank you,

Twinkietinydog said...

OMD! How rude of me: Congratulations on your award!!!


That's the prettiest Christmas cactus we have ever seen!

We love the snow flakes falling down. Thanks for sending them our way. It's probably the closest to snow that we are going to get. At least down here in Texas.

We'll put in a good for you guys when we see Santa next week.

Luv ya,
Riley and Star.

Holly and Khady said...

I like to lay in the morning sun in our family room too. But, I also like to hang out outside in the lovely snow.


Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat friend. Your Christmas cactus is lovely...never had luck with them, even in Arizona! I think we all enjoy a nice soak in the sun from time to time. We love the snow too though. The bitter cold we could do without.
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

PS-We met a PooSky at the hotel this morning. A real cutie. Part Poodle part Husky.

JD and Max said...

Hi guys - well done on your award, very well deserved! Wonderful photos (as always!) - you guys are sooo photogenic, what's your secret?!! We loved your carosel too. Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Snowie Baby said...

pretty pictures! love the snow pictures. wish i can experience tt some day.

and im so sorry about the loss of the kitty, charybdis.

the khakhtus is beautiful

love, snowie

Twix said...

Congrats on such a great award! Phantom is a boy after my own heart! It is always better to tan your tummy than be out in the cold. I'm starting to wonder if TD has frozen some of his brain cells! It has been horribly cold here, after all.

Twix said...

Oops! I meant to tell you that I have been playing catch up and left some messages on older posts (back to 12/1)as well.

Daisy Dog said...

Your Christmas Cactus is very pretty!! we don't get snow here, but it sure looks cold!

Thor said...

Sorry to hear about Charybdis.
The Christmas cactus and the carousel are beautiful.
Great pictures of you two guys.
Love the sunshine too, Phantom.

Mochi and Mommy said...

That's a great carousel! It's so cute!

I love to sleep in the sun on cold days too, but my cold days are probably warm for you. :)

I'm so sorry to hear about Charybdis.