Thursday, November 29, 2007

We Made It!

Finally, the part of our story where we actually made it to our new home. Here's a picture of us in front of the townhome with Mom.This video shows us exploring the house the first time.

We don't have a backyard anymore, but we do have a balcony. Steve likes to watch everyone walk along the sidewalk from his balcony perch.
You wouldn't believe how many dogs live here! It drives us crazy because we see dogs walk past the front of our house all the time and then we want to go outside like every ten minutes. Since we now have to go out on a leash, Mom and Dad don't like it very much. We still don't have any furniture, so Dad says once we do have some, we won't be able to see out the front window as well. We will see if he's right. Our furniture arrives tomorrow.Since we don't have any furniture, we only have one dog bed because that's all Mom and Dad could fit in the car. So in this picture, Steve is showing how we improvise.
I have been having fun playing with my yellow ball. It's great because there isn't any furniture to get in the way!

Finally, Wilbur doesn't have furniture to jump onto to get away from us. So he's found a new perch.That's all for now!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

If this car ride takes any longer, I might go puppy crazy!

By the end of the car ride to Washington, Kat and I were about to go crazy. It wasn't just that we were riding in the car, but we had to wear our safety harnesses. They were not very fun. We couldn't try to get in the front seat with Mom or do anything good.

You can tell from these pictures that we were not happy.We stopped in Boise at a dog park, but Mom forgot her camera to take pictures. It was kind of muddy, so we wrestled in the mud and then had dried mud on our fur for the rest of the trip. We looked like such tough, outdoorsy dogs!

We finally arrived in Washington after those torturous days on the road and tomorrow we get to the part of the story where we post about our new home!!


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wyoming is Boring

I spent a lot of the trip riding in the back of the 4Runner, supervising the furry beasts. Luckily the furry monsters had to wear their seat belt harness things and I was free to roam about.I spent some time in the front seat, allowing Mom to pet me when I commanded her to do so. She made me wear a stupid harness so she could attach a leash to me when necessary and I wouldn't escape from the car. So to punish her for those actions, I made her pet me a lot. I also discovered that it's nice to sleep in the floor by her feet because warm air blows about down there.

Anyway, we were driving across Wyoming when I decided that it was taking far too long. There wasn't anything good to stare at and I was getting bored supervising the furry beasts and demanding to be pet. So I took matters into my own paws. I started driving the car. I think we were done with Wyoming within about 30 minutes after I started driving. So that was a success. After I drove, I went back to the floor and took a nap across Utah.Some times a cat has to take charge!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Greetings From Washington!

Hey pups! Kat here. We made it to our new home and now we have internet. We have so much to write about, so I'm going to break it up into bits about our trip and arrival. I'll tell a little bit every day, and maybe I'll let Steve and Wilbur write some too.

On Wednesday, Steve and I went to day camp for the day. Mom and Dad picked us up and we hit the road. We had reservations in Salina, Kansas, that night, but since it took Dad a lot longer to pack the car, we didn't get there until 2 AM!!!

In the morning when we left, Dad was packing the car and left our food bowls on the top of the car. So we lost those somewhere in Kansas. We didn't discover that they were lost until later in the day when Mom and Dad were going to give us some water.

To make the trip easier on Steve and me, we stopped at some dog parks along the way. We stopped in Denver on Thanksgiving. Guess what? There was snow on the ground!! It was so cool. Here's a video of us running around in the snow.

Then I discovered that I could roll around in the snow! That was super good. Here's a video of me rolling around. Steve didn't want to make snow doggie angels like I did.

So that's my first update on our big trip. Today is also our dad's birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Departure Music

In honor of our departure, I wrote this song.

Come listen to a story ‘bout Valerie and Dave
Two poor engineers, barely kept their A/C paid,
Then one day they were dreamin’ of the North,
And up came a job and called them both forth.

Seattle that is.
Cloudy days, drizzle.

Well the first thing you know they were packing up their stuff,
Steve and Kat said, “Let’s move away from here!”
Said “Snowy mountains is the place we ought to be”
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Mill Creek.

Washington, that is.
Jumbo jets, mountains.

The Puget Sound Texans!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our House: Tuesday Edition

Here's a picture of our house today. No, I am NOT looking at Steve's butt.

We are leaving tomorrow to drive to Seattle. We get to go to day camp in the morning and then Mom and Dad will pick us up and we will hit the road. Mom is bringing her laptop, so if we have internet at the hotels, we might post some pictures of our trip. Otherwise, we'll post on Monday when we get internet set up at our new residence.

Wish us luck that we see some snow on the trip!!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Our House: Monday Edition

Here's our house today.We couldn't pose for a picture. We were busy smelling and exploring. Mom made us stay outside almost all day! So cruel! We are inside dogs! We don't do outside. Mom said that I should be happy to be outside in the dry, warm air because soon enough I'll be begging for it. Something about how I don't like to get my paws wet. Whatever. What does she know? She is the meanie who made us stay outside!


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Our House: Sunday Edition

Here's a picture of our house today.
Notice how handsome I look. Mom said, "Stay". I stayed and looked debonair for the camera. Kat did not. She looks goofy.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

I'm Being Followed

I know I am an important and valuable asset to the War on Humans, but things have finally gone too far. Someone has put a trace on me. I think it started after I bit my mom really bad on her leg and made blood run down the leg. Apparently one of the top humans has decided I'm too dangerous and that they need to be aware of my every move, lest I attack more humans.

Now I am being followed by this gray, striped, snake like creature. I have been trying to defeat it, but to no avail. I came particularly close last night while I was relaxing in my Kitty Condo. I could see the snake creature just standing outside the door of my condo. Even though the creature is my enemy, I will grant him the compliment that he is very fast. I attacked several times and each time the creature was able to avoid my claws.

As you can hear, the humans are well aware of my follower and find it amusing that I have yet to capture the creature. This is how I know they are behind this plan.

I will keep you posted on new developments.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oh What a Wonderful Morning!!

This morning, Mom got out of bed and fed us breakfast. We ate and it was yummy. Then Dad got out of bed and fed us breakfast. We ate and it was yummy.

Yes, that's right, we got TWO breakfasts! TWO! It was so great. We were about half way done with our second breakfast from Dad when Mom says, "Hey, I already fed them!" Dad didn't take our food away though. He just said, "Oh, I didn't realize you'd fed them. They acted hungry." Duh. We always act hungry. This time it paid off!


Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday Funnies

We got this picture in an email from our Texas Grandma. Sometimes we want to do this to Wilbur. Mom said she often wants to do this to Wilbur when he bites her.

Anger Management
Sometimes when you are angry with someone, it helps to sit down and think about the problem.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mission From Turbo: FAILED

Last week, Turbo gave me a mission. "And speaking of sports, please have the Oklahoma State Cowboys destroy the Kansas Jayhawks, please!"

I took Turbo's mission to heart. In fact, yesterday I personally went to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to spread good luck all over the Oklahoma State University campus. The day started out okay. We rode in the car to Stillwater and Mom gave us some peanut butter and treat stuffed kongs to entertain us along the way. We met up with our Missouri grandparents at a famous restaurant called Eskimo Joes. Since it was game day, Eskimo Joes was packed. The inside of the restaurant was so busy that they had a place outside where people could order food. So Mom ordered food and all the humans sat at tables outside and Steve and I got to lay down on the ground under the table. Mom was very proud of how well we behaved. Our Missouri Grandpa even shared some of his hamburger with Steve.
So things were going pretty well. After we ate, I told Mom that we needed to walk around campus so I could spread good luck. So off we went with Mom and Dad. I was feeling the good luck vibes all over the place. Everywhere we went were people dressed in OSU clothes telling us how we were the most pretty dogs ever. We got to the middle of campus and I just knew that OSU would win the big game since good luck was all over. That's when Steve ruined EVERYTHING! See, Steve isn't an OSU fan. He's a Texas A&M fan like Dad. So he waited until the perfect moment to sabotage my good luck plan. Right in the middle of campus, do you know what Steve did? He pooped! Steve said he was mad that the Missouri Tigers beat Texas A&M and so he couldn't help Turbo out since he thinks Turbo is a Missouri fan.

With that poop from Steve, everything was over. It was like his poop sucked the good luck out of the campus. After Steve pooped, we just saw Kansas Jayhawk fans telling us how gorgeous we were and that was just not good news for my Cowboys.

So I'm sorry Turbo, I did the best I could. Stupid Steve just had to go a ruin it.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tubular Steve

Back during Blogathon, Wilbur posted about the traps in his room that keep us from eating his food. Sometimes when Mom just needs to run into Wilbur's room to do something really quick, she doesn't shut the gate all the way and I follow her in there. So that's what happened the other day. I walked into the room behind Mom. I wasn't sneaking around or anything. After a while, she turned around and this is what she saw.
I DID NOT eat any of Wilbur's food. Of course, that is what Mom thought I was planning to do. How does she know? Maybe I like lying down in tunnels. Or maybe I just wanted a drink from Wilbur's water fountain. Who says I had to be after Wilbur's food?

To get me out of the tunnel, first Dad tried pulling my legs. No budging. So he just picked up the tunnel with me in it and put it out in the open. After that scary experience, I climbed out on my own!


Monday, November 5, 2007

Move Details

Now that the big announcement has been made, we have received some questions from our friends, so we're going to fill everypup in on the details.

As most of our friends know, we were going to move to Maryland in the fall of 2008. That move was for a temporary assignment with Mom and Dad's work. They have been talking for months about where they want to move after the Maryland assignment was completed since Dad was positive he didn't want to move back to Texas. He has basically spent his entire life in Texas and wants to move somewhere with mountains, water, and lots of trees and grass. At first he mentioned Denver, but Mom thought it would be too cold for her. (Not for us though!) So they had agreed on Seattle.

Then in early October, Mom got a phone call for an interview with a company in the Seattle area. (Remember when we got the cookies with our names on them? Mom bought them for us in Seattle! We both hope now that we will live there, we will get cookies like those every day.) Apparently the people interviewing Mom liked her and the company gave her a job offer. So long story short, she is going to take it and we are moving over Thanksgiving. Mom and Dad decided just to take the plunge and move up there now instead of in a year or two after the temporary assignment. At first it will just be Mom and "the zoo" (that's what she calls all the pets) living up there. Dad is going to stay back in Texas and work on selling the house for a while, but we are hoping that he comes up there shortly after Christmas. He will definitely be visiting us a lot, because who wouldn't miss our cute faces?

This move is going to mean big changes for Mom and Dad, but also for us! We are going to be living in a townhome. Wilbur is pretty excited because he loves stairs to run up and down. However, Mom is worried about us because we won't have a backyard. It's just a temporary solution so we'll see how it goes. There is a trail right behind the townhome community so we can go on walks there and the townhome is within walking distance of a store that sells Canidae! I don't know who is planning to walk home with a 40 pound bag of dog food on their shoulder! Mom said the store also sells tons of "good for you" treats, so we would be happy to go shopping there and consume our purchases on the premises. We are also excited about the dog parks. We've been reading Royal's blog for a long time and have been really jealous of his cool dog park and now we can go there! Mom has already emailed Royal's mom and we might have a play date sometime. Royal's mom gave us the lowdown on all the area dog parks.

Mom and Dad were surprised at how difficult it was to find somewhere to rent with us. Not just pets in general, but Siberian Huskies. At some complexes, huskies were on the banned breed list. They were so surprised to discover that. They found us a nice place to live, but it costs a bit more than some of the other places that they were considering. It must be a husky's destructive nature that has gotten them banned some places since we aren't typically aggressive dogs.

The best part of this move is that we will finally see some snow. It might not snow much at all where we live, but Mom and Dad promised to take us to see snow in the mountains for a Christmas present. It's going to be so great. We're also going to start working on our Working Pack Dog titles next summer. There will be lots of trails to explore.

Finally we want to share a poem written for us by Star and Jack-a-roo. It's a great poem and in case some of you didn't see it in the comment of our last post, we wanted to publish it here.

Steve and Kat and Wilbur too
Will soon be going on a move.
Pack your bowls and pack your toys,
Pack all the things that bring you joy.
And on your way up to Seattle
Watch out for strays and big-horned cattle.

Thanks so much for the poem, Star and Jack! Everyone else, stay tuned for more moving news. :-)
Steve and Kat

PS (from Kat). Turbo, I will do my best to get the Cowboys beating the Jayhawks. However, did you see what happened when they played the Longhorns last weekend? Aren't Cowboys supposed to be in charge of Longhorns? Oh, and yes, we do know that the mascot for the University of Washington is a husky. Mom said we should get jobs being the mascot at football games so we could earn our treats!

Movin', Movin', Movin'

Movin', Movin', Movin',
Steve and Kat are movin',
All the way to Washington State!

It's gonna be lots of fun,
Except for the long car ride,
But maybe we'll see snow along the way!

Wilbur's excited too,
He's gonna live somewhere with stairs,
And lots of places to hide from the beasts!

We'll give you more details later,
We just needed to tell you all,
That we are movin' to Seattle!

(Note: Dad pointed out that this doesn't rhyme. What's a girl to do when she's composing lyrics at 6:30 in the morning? Kat)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Dog Park Video

We have a big announcement to make, but we're not going to make it today. I know, I know, you're disappointed. This is like on TV when a show gives a big cliffhanger. I've got to keep my readers eagerly awaiting new posts, so this is my cliffhanger.

Anyway, to keep you busy until we make our announcement, I'm going to share a video from the dog park. Steve is always lallygagging around not paying attention. I am always hunting him. Mom says I act exactly like a cat. I don't know what else she expects since that's my name. Anyway, in this video, I'm stalking Steve. Mom didn't get her camera on fast enough to show the whole thing. I had been crouching along the ground getting ready to pounce on him.

After we had a good chase, I decided I should roll around in the grass for a bit. The grass felt really great, but for some reason, Dad and Steve didn't want to roll around with me.Have a good weekend, pups!