Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Thor & Gaea

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us today by the simply AMAZING Thor & Gaea & their friend, writer Barbra Annino. Barb wrote: Okay, here's a bit about my furkids. They are littermates. They will be 2 on May 18. Great Danes have certain traits and these 2 are no exception. They "talk" a lot. Not barking but to get attention or protest something. More like a howl/whine/growl combo. My boy Thor sounds like Darth Vader and Gaea sounds like Yoda.
Gaea loves to cuddle. Thor is big momma's boy. He loves hugs. He stands up when he wants one. They both adore children and Thor has a Canine Good Citizen certificate. We're working on Gaea's. They annoy the hell out of each other, but they love each other two. Just like skin kids!
What are some of Thor & Gaea's quirks? Thor and Gaea are littermates and anyone that has two skin children will tell you that two is double trouble. They have the whole sibling rivalry-big brother teases little sister- little sister is loud and whiny about it thing going on. He steals her toys, she hogs the couch, he sits on her. But they also cuddle together and follow each other around the yard. Thor loves to watch the mail carrier. We have a blue mail box in front and he sits in the yard, perfectly still when she pulls up and watches her every move. I'm not sure if he's expecting a letter, but it's eerie. Thor likes to give hugs and if you are sitting down, it's a bit dangerous. Gaea is a lapdog. She tries to curl her whole body onto anyone's lap that might be available. Only her head fits though. She also likes gum, which my husband seems to spit out in the yard all too often. Thor has a thing for blondes. Gaea is infatuated with kids. They both love to move our stuff. Shoes, dish towels, gloves, the kitchen table. They don't chew it, they just move it. (Okay, I lied about the table). Any bold moments or super powers? Gaea can clear the fence. I think it might be about four feet high, but that's still a lot of weight to get off the ground. Great Danes are not known for jumping, but she's our gymnast. Gaea can also catch anything. They both stop traffic. Thor has helped me uproot a tree. He has also smashed the rear passenger window of our SUV with his head. They are both known to boost sales when we bring them into some of the shops downtown. What inspired their awesome names? I had a written a book and the dog's name was Thor. When we decided we were ready for another Great Dane, it was the natural choice. The Norse God of Thunder. Which is about how loud he snores. My husband, George, choose the name Gaea (GEE_YA). Greek Mother Earth Goddess. Look at both dogs right now. What are they thinking? Thor is thinking, "I love my mommy. Her office is warm and cozy and she needs me near her every second or bad things will happen." Gaea is thinking, "The service in this place sucks. Why can't I have breakfast in bed?" Thor is the soldier. Gaea is the princess. What books are Thor & Gaea looking forward to in the coming months? The Dust of 100 Dogs, of course! [Amy -- Oh stop!] [And thanks!] What do you think Thor & Gaea would do if they encountered a ninja? How about a pirate? I think Gaea would charm them with her long eyelashes and silky fur while Thor opened up a can of whoop-ass. They are the perfect dynamic duo. In fact, at night they don disguises and fight crime. See the photos! Thanks, Amy! Thank YOU Barb, for bringing your furkids around to see us here at Dog Fact #9. Random Links: So hey--did you know The Dust of 100 Dogs is the April Read for the YAedge Book Club? It totally is! So, if you haven't already read it, why not read it now and then click on this widget and join us for Q&A & Discussion? And a shout out to Bookgeek for this great review over at TheBookBind. Yay! A Bit of News: From Publisher's Marketplace: Author of THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, A.S. King's IGNORE VERA DIETZ, about a teenage girl, her dead (ex) best friend, and her attempt to clear his name, to Michelle Frey at Knopf Children's, at auction, by Gary Heidt at Signature Literary Agency. More on this soon, in an interview by a mysterious blogger... And hey! Thanks to all of you who entered the What Bugged You Today contest! Winners announced on FRIDAY!!

7 comments:

Tracy Belsher said...

OMG - those pups are beautiful! And I thought my labs were couch hogs....wow.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

Thor and Gaea are adorable!

And congratulations on your book news! That is very exciting!

E. M. Reads said...

Oh WOW! Those are some super cute dogs/horses.

A.S. King said...

LOL. EM Reads, you owe me a keyboard.

Tami Klockau said...

Congrats on the big book news! WOOT!

A.S. King said...

And thanks, guys, for your congrats!

Sarah MacLean said...

I would like to know if Thor and Gaea have their own couch...or do humans have to borrow that one?
xoxo