Thursday, March 26, 2009

This is just a note to say. . .

Dear Ari,

Just a quick note to tell you I love you. I do. Even though you stole the giant yogurt container of soup that was thawing on the kitchen counter. You know the one—it contained the homemade broccoli soup, that I made from scratch. You might even remember the day I sautéed the leeks, added diced carrot, celery, and potato. That I blended the perfectly caramelized vegetables with homemade chicken stock (which had reduced for a full day until it reached the perfect flavor and consistency). That I added the frozen broccoli—the Ziploc bags full of the veggies I picked with my own hand, then blanched in a scorching July kitchen so that we would have good produce even during the long winter. The soup that simmered all last Sunday, giving me the time I needed to perfect the spices—a little salt and pepper, a little thyme, a pinch of nutmeg. And when I finished that labor of love (and really, it was love that motivated me), I carefully ladled the soup into large yogurt containers and placed them in our chest freezer so that, on a day like today, I could take one out of the basement and know that a wholesome lunch awaited me. Which is why, of course, the broccoli soup (have I mentioned yet that you don’t even LIKE broccoli?) was thawing on the counter near the woodstove today, when I innocently left the house just long enough to run some errands. And, which is also why I am now writing you this letter. Because I want you to know that even though you stole my soup and somehow managed to lug the still-frozen container up to my bedroom, where you tore it open with your wolfie fangs until it looked like it had been a victim of an exuberant target practice, and then proceeded to gnaw on the soupcicle until it was almost gone and you got bored (or full) and thus allowed the rest of the thawing soup to seep onto the lovely Persian rug that Greg’s father gave to us, I still love you. I do—even though I did not have much for lunch today. And even though you feigned innocence on the bed—MY bed, I might add—while I cleaned the carpet. Because, when it comes right down to it, you are worth a frozen container of soup. And, at least I know you got your vegetables.



NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

So, your husky side khame out today???

I'll give woo refuge!

Khome to Pawsylvania!

PeeEssWoo: The soupsikhle sounds GREAT!

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Ari
Ye were in touch with yer inner Pirate Harrrrr. Way to go Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Thor said...

Oh, boy...your mama really loves you!! But good job! Very HULA-worthy!


From Thor's mom:
I feel your pain! I have to admit though...I was kind of waiting for the part where you had to walk to your errands uphill, barefoot, in deep snow, both ways!

Kapp pack said...

Good job! I hope the soup was good. I scored some chicken tortilla soup this was yummy! I believe a HULA membership is in your future!

Butt wiggles, Meadow

Anonymous said...

Ha! Too funny, I well remember those days when my long departed Fishy would steal a plastic container, or better yet, a freshly baked loaf of bread....

Hope the carpet cleaned up ok! But just think of all those antioxidants Ari slurped up!

The Daily Echo said...

Way ta go Ari!! Your inner husky has emerged! Don't let Mom fool you. She's secretly quite proud of you. That's how all Siberian owners are when we do something the humans find of a questionable nature. They just won't admit it.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That soup sounds so delicious, I think I would have taken it too!!


Flurry and Aja said...

Oh Ari,

Aja and I are so proud of you! You saved your human from what was surely toxic broccoli soup.

I hope she realizes just how much of a job it was to down nearly all of it. Don't worry about the rug either. You can probably eat a hole in the spot where the rest spilled and prevent any of it from seeping into the air she breathes too.

We hope your humom realizes all that you do for her.

Major wudos to you Ari!
Flurry and Aja

Kess And Her Mama said...

What a brilliant post! Kathryn, we all know how you feel...How can one stay angry with our canine despite their antics.

Kess' mama
P.S. Kess decided to play drums on the wooden door 2 nights ago (i.e. she banged the door coz she wanted come in). We still love her. Our neighbours do too (yeah, right...)

Anonymous said...

Oh Ari!!! You crack us up! I hope that soup was yummy! It sure sounds like it by the way your mom talked about it.

Lorenza said...

Good job! And the best thing... she still loves you a lot!
Kisses and hugs

Jans Funny Farm said...

Oh, Ari, you are soooooo lucky! You have one understanding and forgiving human.

Hero said...

Good job, Ari! We sibes are furry proud of woo!


John Theberge said...

It's funny how all dogs are the same. My dog pulled the same stunt a few times.

H.A. Turbofire, Sibertarian said...


Maybe if you make it without broccoli, Ari will finish it all the next time.



PS: Could you give my Human the recipe? I'd...I mean she'd like some soup.

Shmoo said...

Ari, please e-mail me at:

I have something to send you.


Eve said... owe your mom big better give her more book ideas...and not ones like this!!!

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Pawrific job Ari! We bet it was really yummy. And good job on bringing it to your mom's bedroom.

Sam & June

Kathryn, YD here, I probably shouldn't laugh but I did while reading this post. I hope the carpet cleans up. My June destroyed the first batch of seeds I started. I just wrote about that.

rab said...

WITHOUT A of the best doggie stories ever!!!! who said humans can't love unconditonally as their dogs do??????? FANTASTIC!


Marigold said...

Obviously you are the unwitting victim of a drive-by souping.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Next time Mom will remember to take out two containers, one for you and one for her, and hers needs to go in the microwave safe deposit box.

Woos, the OP Pack

ThePainterPack said...

Veggies are furry important! It is so good that Ari can take it upon himself to eat them! Woofs to Ari!!!

*may the force be with woo*

DogzRock! said...

Go Ari
I found u off khyra's blog and loved the book and if i had the money I would of course buy it!!!
Love Travis

D.K. Wall said...

Evidence of the crime?

As I see it, you defended the house from intruders who were trying to steal the soup. You wrestled them down as they tried to escape through the bedroom and then collapsed in exhaustion in the bed.


Mr. Puggle® said...

found your blog via Khyra The Siberian Husky. beautiful work. congrats on the book!

BenTheRotti said...

Hi Just popping on over from Khyra's place to say hi and introduce myself. Also wanted to say that your book sounds amazing and we LOVED the excerpt we read!
Mum had to laugh at your post.. it's so close to home right now!!
Nothing to do with me, I am very well behaved (honestly!!) but my bratty sister is most definatley gonna be the recipient of more than a few letters like that one!

Really nice to meet you

love and tailwags,

Ben xxxx

YourFireAnt said...

Kathryn, I laughed so hard I SQUIRTED tears.

I love her too.


Amber and Nala said...

Oh Ari, what a great treat you had and at least your Mom understands! ;)


PetraZ said...

Congratulations on attaining membership in HULA! The soup swiping incident is one to be proud of. Bravo!

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari
Peacefully, please forgive my visit.
It is my personal circumstances, and there is no environment that can use the Internet now.

Of course, it is very lonely not to be able to see blog of my loved Ari.
The plant tour of maple syrup is very interesting.
Very, it seems to be delicious.
I want to taste the eaten happiness putting up maple syrup to bread and the pancake.
It is ume tyan felt that it wants to tell soup and air that is warmer than the land of the cherry blossoms. :D

from loved ume tyan

D'Azul Siberian said...

WTG Ari, but do you really like broccoli?

D'Azul, Where Siberians Rule

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

How cute is that! Nice letter.
And Ari, my what big teeth you must have to have made such holes in that container! Can't imagine when you look so peaceful laying on that bed.

Life With Dogs said...

They are more than worth it : )