Monday, September 19, 2011

A Vampire in the House

Some of you may remember what happened between Ciara and Phantom when she was around five months old, just about the same age as Lightning is now. If you would like a refresher, just click HERE and watch the video.

Well, it is all happening again. The Momster thinks we may have a vampire in the pack.

It took a while for the Momster to make the connection. But we now think that this licking behavior is totally wrapped up in the arrival of those new "big boy" teeth in Lightning's mouth. Mom suspects that there may be some blood on his gums or some sort of smell or taste that is attracting Phantom. But why only Phantom is interested is quite the mystery. He does have some bizarre food likes and dislikes:)

Phantom: Don't believe a word of what you are reading here. I am just checking to see if Lightning got some of that duck jerky when I was sleeping.

Lightning: Heck, I don't care, I am rather enjoying all this attention from the patriarch of the pack.

And now it is time for me and Ciara to get our zoomies session underway. (Many of you have commented about how big Lightning is getting. That is true, but you can see Ciara is still bigger than him, and she is the smallest of the other three packmates.)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Note from Mom: Just a short update on our daughter's friends who were injured in the airshow crash. We can tell you that a husband and wife (our daughter's dear friends), the husband's brother, and the husband's parents were involved in the tragedy. Sadly to date, the husband's mother is still listed as "missing" and presumed deceased. EACH of the other four has lost a good portion of one leg and has multiple fractures to the other leg. All have had surgeries to repair the damage and help them on the road to recovery. All are doing well, given the circumstances. Once again, we thank you all for your prayers, good thoughts, and support.


Amber DaWeenie said...

Mee agrees wit Phantom...just checkin for da jerky.

Continued prayers for your friends.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Can't believe how big Lightning is getting! So handsome!

Also, incredibly sorry about the tragedy that has befallen your daughter's friends. They will all be in our thoughts.

Mango said...

Oh dear, two such contrasting topics today. On a happy note, I am glad to see Lightning fitting in with the pack.

I am so so sad about your friends.

Mango Momma

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Lightning is indeed growing so fast! Enjoy this time...

Again, so very sorry about your daughter's friends. So so tragic.

rottrover said...

We'll continue to keep your daughter's friends in our thoughts...

I once saw a special on wolves in which they greeted each other by barring their teeth and then smelling one another's teeth. (The handlers greeted them this way as well. They barred their teeth and let the wolves smell them; they didn't smell the wolves teeth! BOL!!) Clearly, both Ciara and Lightning submit to Phantom when he's "checking their gums", maybe it's some old left over lupine dominance thing. Or maybe Amber's right - he's just checking the youngsters for duck jerky!! BOL!! It's really interesting. My dogs do this, but mostly as a form of affection; and not often...

Frankie Furter said...

Well... way back THEN.. I thought it was gettin close to time fur Ciara to have her WhoWhoectomy... BUTT I am SURE that is NOT the case this time. hehehe

I still have my paws crossed fur the air show victims.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Only The Phantom knows fur sure!

PeeEssWoo: Mom says woo know how she's been thinking about all those affekhted ;-(

Ruby's Raiser said...

Catching up and so happy to see Lightning growing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, so very sorry to hear of your friends' tragedy. Our hearts and thoughts are with them.

cindy said...

Your dogs are beautiful. I have a black lab and shih tzu inside and an English Setter outside.

I love my dogs.
We lost our son 7 years ago. JOshua would be 24 now. My little shih tzu has been by my side for every tear that I cry. I love that little girl. Her name is Sammi.

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I’m following you!

Benny and Lily said...

we would be looking for that jerky for sure..glad to hear your friends are recovering
Benny & Lily

Huffle Mawson said...

I say let Phantom do whatever he wants!

Sue said...

It may sound bizarre but I think that Lightning now approaching adulthood is putting off some pheramones that Phantom is picking up on. He's probably asserting his Alpha station to the young man. Tsar is really into checking the mouths of the other dogs, too.

jen said...

I think you do have a vampire among you!
I can see the difference when you compare Lightning and Ciara together. It is difficult to gauge how big Lightning is when he is by himself!

24 Paws of Love said...

We too have a couple of vampires or doctors as we call them in our house. If anybody has a boo-boo of any kind, Dr. Brut and Dr. Chance can always find them and lick them to death!!

So sorry to hear about your daughters friends. Paws crossed.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Ciara and Lightning are so gorgeous when they sit together!

We are so sad,, for those in the accident... we will continually keep prayers and thoughts going to them. Such a sad tradgedy

BeadedTail said...

It's sweet seeing Phantom with the pups and it would be interesting to know why he does that but we bet he won't tell!

We'll continue keeping the family in our prayers.

Mr. Pip said...

I am pretty sure Phantom is just working on his Halloween costume. BOL!

I am so sorry for this poor family. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Your pal, Pip

Wyatt said...

Just doing a dental check up!! So cute of Lightning to cooperate :)


bichonpawz said...

First up! Everybody in your pack is positively gorgeous!!! I think it must be some sort of hormone thing.

Secondly, my heart goes out to your daughter's friends...that is so very much for one family to bear. My prayers will continue
mama to Chloe and LadyBug

Shane Kent Louis said...

Vampire in your house, sounds so scary but I thinks they are so kind, they won't hurt you! :)

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dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Phantom, you are the face of innocence!!

Clive said...

Oh Phantom! But you look so innocent! Lightning - you are getting so big!

We are so sorry to hear about your daughter's friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

take care
Clive and Murray

STELLA from Down Under said...

Hello Everybuddy, I like your style Phantom. You know, every meal time I always have to lick Rory's mouth just to get any leftover food out. Mum loves it cause then she doesn't get slobbered on by Rory hehehe.

We are still sending our very good wishes to your friends involved in the air crash.

Take care all, love Stella and Rory (and Carol) x

Just Ramblin' said...

Puppyhood with an older packmate...such fun. : )

Keeping your friends in our thoughts.

Mack said...

Mom says she thinks Phantom is giving the new arrivals sugars! Geesh! I like the idea of vampire myself!

Your pal,

PS: Saying special prayers for your sissy's friends.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We're so behind in reading the blogs - so sorry to hear about your daughter's friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family. What a tragedy.

The Rocky Creek Scotties and Ivy

KB said...

Phantom is such a character! I love seeing him "in action".

Will Lightning's eyes remain two different colors? It looks gorgeous... but I'm guessing it's a phase until the blue eye changes color. Is that the pattern with Sibes?

I'm so so sorry about that family. That is terrible beyond words. We are keeping all paws and fingers crossed for them.

Hound Girl said...

I loved the video and seeing lighting just rolling around. There is just something about puppies with older dogs - I love to watch how they interact.

I found this really interesting, I would have never thought that the licking was cause the gums were bleeding, really cool to sit back and watch dogs behavior.

Im so sorry about your daughters friends. Please keep us posted and we send our prayers.

Thor said...

We're so sorry to hear about your daughter's friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Thor and Jack

Remington said...

You have so much fun at your house! So sad about your daughter's friends....they will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Mrs. JP said...

So, Phantom is the dentist of the pack. Ciara still charms with that sweet smile.

Ginger Jasper said...

I am glad that sweet lightening is fitting in so well. I just love those eyes.. I am keeping your friends in my thoughts and prayers for the long road they have ahead.. Hugs GJ xx

♥ Sallie said...

We are so sorry to hear about your friends.

Thanks for the "black hole" comment. Too cute!


Anonymous said...

This only goes to show that Phantom is welcoming Lightning into the pack or just a Vampire!

Mom and I send our best to your friends and hope that they recover quickly.

woos, Tessa

Wild Dingo said...

i think you're right about the teething.

i'm so sorry to hear about the tragedy of your friends. the other day we were walking the dogs in the farms at sun down and a trick plane was doing acrobats in the sky above us, practicing. he stalled his plane on purpose and came very close to us. i for one did NOT appreciate that. we went right home. i'm not a fan of air shows these days. even so, it's sad that those who are have been hurt or killed.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We continue to woo healing energy and strength to your friends as they mend both physically and mentally from the horror.

We are starting to see a lot of the same focus around the muzzles of everyone but WD in the White Dog Army...lots of face nuzzling and "kisses" (also ear sniffs). Our White Ones are certainly beyond teething, maybe has to do with pack identification? It is fascinating to watch unfold.

Glad to see Phantom mentoring the new boy.

Soggibottom said...

Going to pass all this info on :-) HUGS AND LOTS OF LOVE X X X
:-) x x x

Ms. ~K said...

Whatever the reason, I think their behavior is adorable, not usre who enjoys it more! :)

Such a tragedy for all concerned in the air crash!

Sarge said...

Wow, those snoot sniffs are the bestest way to see who's been munching on what! At least everyone is getting along. :)
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Deborah said...

Hi, I ship tradeshows to a lot of air shows and I never want to go these, I'm sure they are safe, but they still are bothersome to me. :(
I am very sad for all our friends, it is such a tragic accident. I'll keep praying for you and your friends.
I LOVE your new header, I forgot to mention that the other day!
Little Lightning is just sooo cute! Does she talk a lot?

The Thuglets said...

You had something nice for dinner!

Fabulous photos as always!

We continue to send positive thoughts for your friends.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Boondocks and The Love Shack Pack said...

Could seriously get lost in Lightening's eyes.

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Archie and Melissa said...

oh what a beeeeautiful pack you are!

Sagira said...

At least Lightning is a good boy and lets Phantom do whatever he wants.

I am SO very sorry to hear about the tragedy and sorry for all the injuries and even missing. Just awful. :(

road-dog-tales said...

Oh,yeah - just checking for particles of duck jerky!

The Road Dogs

FiveSibesMom said...

So terribly sorry about your friends. How tragic. Prayers coming their way and wishes that their mother is soon found. That is just so tragically horrible.

Vampire leader Phantom. That's his secret to his youthful good looks!