Storm: Thank YOU for having us, Bark. This is quite an honor!
Zim: Yeah, Bark, this is really great!
Dave: Woo. That badge for our blog is really cool, too. Very colorful.
Ammy: This is really, really sweet, Bark and thank you for doing it and thank you to the readers for voting for us!
Bark Kent: Zim, I have noticed that you have an amazing zen-like ability to make any animal trust you. Is this something you can teach other pups out there or was it something you were born with?
Zim: Well, Bark.... have I told you how gorgeous you are, by the way? It's really a bit of both. Part of it, I was just born with. And the other part, I sort of developed. You see, I spent the first year and a half of my life tied to a tree - no interaction with anyone. I learned to talk by listening to the coyotes at night, in fact - until Storm taught me the ways of the Siberian. But I learned that if I could lure kit-cats, bunnies and other animals over to me, let them know they can trust me, I'd have someone to hang out with. And they'd have someone, too. It's mutually beneficial! There's a great book a biped wrote called "On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals", by Turid Rugass. (That's a hyperlink to a post we did about the book.) It discusses some of the things I do there - and how you can emulate the behaviors.
Bark Kent: Thank you Zim :) Dave, I understand you are Guide Dog fur the colour blind, can you tell us what that involves?
Dave: Woo, Bark. Yep. Our mom is clinically color-blind. Color Blind females are only 0.4 to 0.5% of the population! When I was adopted, she noticed that I have great sense of color - I think my first task was choosing the tiles and grout for our Library/Media Room and Gallery. I got to go to the flooring store with Mom because we were on our way somewhere else. All of the tiles looked the same to Mom, but I kept keying on one of them - so Mom picked that one. The lady at the store was very impressed with me and said my choice would go great with the carpet and wood trim. Woo. Mom told her right then that I am her Guide Dog for the Color Blind! I also chose the brick pavers for the path that winds around our yard, but my main thrust is working in Mom's Studio. She is a handbag designer and a quilter. Sometimes I'll lead her to great fabrics, other times I'll approve her selections. But often, I have to disapprove of the color combos she comes up with - and I let her know about it, loud and clear! That's my job - making sure that everything that comes out of the Studio "goes"! (You can follow what we do at this link, if you're interested! http://bagsbykzk.blogspot.com/)
Bark Kent: My Mum, I mean, Suzuki's Mum is colour blind too! She is the red/green colour blind. Storm, who was the first member of the Army of Four to find their furever home there?
Storm: That's me, Bark! I was adopted back in '97, when I was about a year and a half old! It was just me and Great brother Booter back then. He was an Aussie/Lab mix who had been raised by Mom and Dad's first Sibes, Jesse and Lucky. Mom said once I learned how to share and how to trust (I had a few... issues), she'd let me have a puppy of my own - because I LOVE puppies! A couple years later, she and Dad brought Ammy home to us!
Bark Kent: Ammy, who was the first pup to bark on your blog and do you still bark with them today?
Ammy: The VERY handsome Tubey was the first pup to comment on our blog, and I'm happy to say we're still in contact with him! His blog and Meeshka's blog were our inspirations! Can you believe we've made over 980 posts now!?!?
Bark Kent: 980? That's amazing! Finally, your Mum is going to take you on a weekend adventure but you can only choose one of the others to go with you, who do you choose and why?
Storm: Well, this is a hard call. As Sibes, we like to stick together! We're a tight pack and are happiest when we're all present and accounted for. Mom would have to take all of us, and Dad, too. I'd order her to - and I'd help her find a way to do just that!
Zim: Oh, wow, Bark! What a hard question! I agree with Storm that we'd rather all be together. If I absolutely HAD to choose, though... I'd probably take ... Dave. No wait! Stormy! No... I think Ammy! I've gotta go take a nap and think about this, OK?
Dave: Woo. Can it be just me and Mom? Ha woo. Just kidding. Ditto what Storm and my kid brother said. But if I HAD to choose.... I'd choose Zim. He's the best kid brother a guy could ask for.
Ammy: Will there be combs and brushes involved? Because if there are, I'd rather stay here. If not... well, truth be told, Zim is the favorite playmate for each of us. But if we break routine, I get really upset and get an upset tummy... and so I'd really rather we all go or we all stay home. We're just a very, very happy pack when we're together!!!
Bark Kent: Thanks again fur barking with me today, it's been pawsome meeting you all.
Storm: It's been an honor, Bark! We love this feature on your blog and always look forward to reading it! We never thought we'd be interviewed!
Zim: Yeah, Bark - we never dreamed we'd be interviewed by the very famous, talented and may I say dreamy (?) Bark Kent. So.... err.... are you busy after the interview? I'd love to take you out for a cappuccino or something!
Dave: Woo, Bark. Thanks for doing this. Oh... and that red cape looks really great on you. Seriously.
Ammy: Thank you SOOOOO much, Bark! You're very sweet and I never dreamed I'd meet someone as famous as you are and we all DO feel very honored to be interviewed by you! I'd say more, but Stormy said we need to go! Thanks, Bark Kent!
Bark Kent: I would love to go out fur a cappuccino. Us reporters need our caffeine to function :) Until Next time this is Bark Kent signing out!
Suzuki: Barrrrrrrkkkkk! Waaaaaaiiiiitttttt! She's gone :( And she left without telling you about this weeks poll. Well, I suppose Zim is furry good looking, no wonder she was distracted. There will be no Five Fur Friday interview next week. Ovfur the next couple of days you will be voting on which previous FFF interviewee you would like to interview yourself. That's right. Evfurry pup will have the chance to ask a question of the pup who wins this poll. We will bring back the winner and you will all have the chance to ask them what evfur you like! So vote now and as soon as the winner is announced I will post on how you can get your questions to me.
Big licks to you
Big licks to you