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Each member of The Herd has their own reputation, but we do not talk as often about Kodiak. He is simply a very good boy, rarely causing any problem, and everyone’s good natured pal. Anyone who ever approaches the Jeep can attest that Kodiak is always the greeting committee, most willing to share kisses and loving. Because of this good natured behavior, he is always trusted in encounters with others.
Sunday afternoon, we came off of a trail, tired but happy for a good long walk. Two couples were walking around the trailhead admiring the flowers. They were so enamored with the mountain flowers that one woman had a few in her hand.
But upon seeing The Herd emerge from the woods, we heard them exclaim in excitement and come walking over to us. One of the husbands went to the car to grab a camera, while the two women stood and admired The Herd. After asking permission to pet the dogs (always an appreciated behavior), they were enjoying meeting each member of The Herd.
Kodiak, taking his turn, walked straight to the woman holding the freshly picked flowers. He took his normal nonchalant gait, smiling his usual happy grin, and stretched his head out to sniff the woman. And, in an instant, he had deftly removed the flowers from her hands and was taking a late afternoon vegetarian snack.
A quick horrified “Drop It” and the slobber covered flowers were now safe. The hu-dad actually offered them back to the woman. She, amazingly, declined.
Once again, the humans slink off in embarrassment at the action of a member of The Herd. But, this time, it was of the most innocent of members.
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