Berry Treats

Hiking with The Herd often has its challenges, but this time of year is particularly difficult.  Sure, the heat has been a little challenging the past couple of weeks.  And we always have some creatures to deal with that appear in the woods.  But right now, there is a distraction that no one can resist.

Smack. Smack. Smack. Can we wait right here for a second?

Lip smacking good.

Berry picker extraordinaire

That puts a smile on a pup's face.

Wild Blueberries

And where is the black and white team?

Wild Blackberries!


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  1. Cinnamon on July 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Fresh berries directly from the tree! Who can resist them?

  2. Blogging Dante on July 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hmmmm … i have a question: How do you know ones/berries are safe to eat and which ones may be potentially toxic or harmful for the dogs??? I’m always so paranoid out on a hike in the “wild”, especially when my dogs are such hoovers scarfing everything down in sight!

  3. Sammie on July 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

    What super shots!!!! Wow – you have blueberries too!!! (Yes! Those were blackberries from our post the other day…yum!) Love seeing the Herd munching on them – should have let Sammie have a few – she’s very bad about stealing strawberries from the garden! (I awoke this am to find that this computer was finally able to bring your site up whoopee! I left it all night – hubby will kill me!) Have a good Thursday!
    Hugs oxoxoxox
    Sammie and the gang

  4. Steve & Kat on July 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    If our mom had been there, she would have been smacking down on blackberries right along with you!

    Also, does hot for you mean about 80 like it does for us?


  5. Life With Dogs on July 28, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    The deer are going to be pissed…

  6. Lorenza on July 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    You had a berry-nice walkie!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. siku marie on July 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Dad and I would be SO with you! We LOVE blueberries. blueberries fresh. blueberry pie. blueberry cobbler. blueberry pancakes. blueberry sauced trout. blueberries and ice cream. I am getting all drool-y as mom types this.

  8. The Luke on July 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    O you know how I feel about the berries… and o how my lips are smackin as now I check the bus schedule! You wouldn’t mind a lil gold mixed in on the hike, would you???

    Fanks for my berry favorite post ever!

    wif love from the Luke

    P.S. The Bleu finks you misspelled those berries!

  9. Huffle Mawson on July 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Those blueberries don’t look very blue to me!

  10. KB on July 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    My dogs do the SAME thing! Their fave is raspberries, and they pick them so gently that they don’t even harm the bush. I wish that we had wild blueberries here. You are LUCKY!

    My dogs have a serious problem with mushrooms though. The ones that they munch on in our forest are benign but, about 4 yrs ago, K started sampling mushrooms in a new forest in northwest Colorado. Let’s just say that it was a very dangerous experiment… and she didn’t learn a thing from it. Now, I actually muzzle her in late summer when we’re in forests away from home to keep her from sampling the local fare.

    So, warn the Herd about mushrooms, OK?

  11. The Army of Four on July 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Woo, those berries look so good! You didn’t find any watermelon bushes, did you?

  12. Honey the Great Dane on July 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Ooh – I remember picking wild blackberries once during a University field trip…once you’ve eaten the wild ones straight from the bush, the supermarket ones just never compare!! 🙂


  13. Kari on July 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Hmmm our three are having that exact same issue right about now!

    Don’t forget! We’ve moved to

  14. Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo & Molly on July 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Oh YUMMIES!!! Will ya’ll send us a bucket?

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  15. Mochi on July 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Mmmmm…I love berries! 🙂 Mom doesn’t like the kind of treats I find on our walks!


  16. Fiona on July 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Oooh! We want to come visit! How much better does life get than a hike that includes foodables?!? How far are you from Chapel Hill? My Granny and Grandpa live there, but we’ve never been to NC. (Mom has, obviously, but has said something about me not fitting in the overhead luggage racks, and the House With Wheels (with the tow car) is too long to be legal in NC…)

    Save some berries for us!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Mutant Puppy

  17. The OP Pack on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

    TD and Ciara love blueberries and get a few every morning while Dad is having breakfast. You just have to be careful not to step on them, or you can some interesting pawprints on the white rug.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  18. Elmo & Mouse on July 28, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Hehe, lucky Herd. That brings back memory when our mommy found out the blueberries that she was waiting for were MIA one after another as it ripened — what happened to them? Eaten by Elmo. He was caught right handed when he put the last berry in his mouth. To taunt our mommy, he even licked his lips and had this “delicious” smile on his face. Sigh, brothers…what do you do with them…?

  19. Maxx on July 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Delicious! Walking and berry picking, now that’s fun!!


  20. Mimi & CC Cabana on July 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Mmmm, we pass a lot of blackberries on our walk, but fortunately, Cabana doesn’t know what they are. We have raspberries and strawberries growing in our yard, and she hasn’t sampled those either. If she ever finds out what’s growing right beneath her nose, there will be no going back.

  21. Scout and Freyja 'n their momma on July 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

    This post made our momma smile – lots! She had a little spaniel, Miss Savannah Leigh, who would go berry picking in our raspberry patch every summer. She always knew where to find the best ones before we did!

  22. Priscilla on July 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Oh berrieS! We love them!!
    Blackberries, Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, all of them!! Yar lucky lucky doggies 😉

  23. Houndstooth on July 28, 2010 at 8:04 am

    One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry! I thought it was tough getting mine to walk past sweet grass! I am guessing The Herd is pretty efficient at removing those berries!

  24. Pip on July 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    They look delicious! I am envious that you pass these on your morning walk!

    Your pal, Pip

  25. El'bow & Hauwii on July 28, 2010 at 5:56 am

    yummmy they look nice

    El’bow & Hauwii

  26. Khumbu on July 28, 2010 at 2:48 am

    woooo berries they look nice, wonder if we get them here 🙂


  27. Khyra on July 28, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I wonder what The Luke thinks of THOSE berry treats!?!


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