A Day at the Beach for Frankie

This is, of course, Frankie’s first ever RV trip with The Herd and his first trip to the beach.  Like everything else he does, he is trying to maximize his fun.  We thought we would share some pictures (and end with a story) of his day on Monday.

Starting the day with a sunrise walk on the beach. Oh, and notice that some pup has decided this would be a good week to start blowing coat. This is important for our final story today.
Hanging out on the drop line in the camp site.

A drop line is a perfect way for the dogs to be able to hang outside of the RV and enjoy the fresh air. The Herd also gets their meals served to them out on the drop line. As you can probably imagine, people walking around the campground are amused at eight (yes, Ruby and Tartok from The Herd Annex are here as well) Siberian Huskies hanging out in a campsite.

We then loaded up the Jeep (ok, with just The Herd – Ruby and Tartok chose to hang out at the campsite) and drove down to Charleston to see some friends.

Kody is happy to escort The Herd around Charles Towne Landing.
While Nia tried her best to catch a squirrel (those pesky leashes).
And Frankie discovered how terrific David is at scratches.

For those of you who are newer to the blog, check out this post where Cheoah discovered David’s magic scratching ability as she plopped down in the middle of the tourist district to enjoy a belly rub.

Kody and Nia then introduced Frankie to the best thing yet.

Long time readers, particularly those who follow our adventures on our Facebook Page, know that The Herd often have to wait in the Jeep while the humans stop at some restaurant.  Kody and Nia introduced at least a part of The Herd to the special pleasure of a restaurant with a porch for dogs – the Kickin Chicken.

For the record, some members of The Herd stayed in the Jeep which was parked right beside the porch.  Something about the humans having only so many hands and actually wanting to eat.  How crazy is that?  But you probably ask how certain dogs were chosen to go on the porch.  Let’s just say certain dogs are noisy when left in the Jeep, so they were selected for the sake of quiet.  See, it pays to be a delinquent.

If you don’t share some of that food, I will show you noisy.
If my screaming gets me out of the Jeep, goess what I am willing to do for that cheese stuffed pretzel?

Once lunch was done, what is left to do but nap on the porch?

Nia found a nice quiet corner and started drifting off to sleep.
Just in case a squirrel came by, Kody played the big brother and held on to Nia’s leash.

The last adventure for Frankie comes without pictures. Some of our Facebook friends suggested we asked for the store security film, but we did not think of that.  If it exists, someone has probably loaded it on YouTube.

As we mentioned in the beginning, Frankie has decided this would be a good week to blow coat.  For those of you not familiar with Siberian Huskies, blowing coat is an explosion of hair like you have never seen.  Now couple that with living in an RV for a week, and the humans seem to want to manage the coat blowing.  Since they were not expecting this event during the trip, they are not equipped with all of the tools needed.  Thus, a quick stop was made at a pet supply store, which happened to be a Petco in Charleston.

Going back to the loud dogs when left in the Jeep, guess who got to go inside Petco?  We browsed the store and made our selections (a new brush and some Bitter Apple – another minor issue – a new pup is learning where not to chew).

Well, we had made our selection and were waiting to check out.  Rather than stand in the cash register line where Frankie might get into trouble playing with other dogs, the Hu-Dad picked an out of the way place to wait while the purchases were made.  How the Hu-Dad never saw the parakeet display is a mystery that still is not explainable, but let’s be clear that Frankie saw the parakeets right away.  So an unsuspecting Hu-Dad was standing while holding a slack leash – and not watching Frankie.  Do we really need to explain what happened next?

Frankie launches himself at the closest parakeet.  All the Hu-Dad hears is the “WHACK” sound of a Siberian head connecting with the display case at full warp speed.  All the parakeet sees is a Siberian face inches away smashed against the display window.  All Frankie knows is he almost had that bird, but some invisible force field stopped him when he was so close.  The Hu-Dad turns to see birds flying madly inside their aviary and a frustrated Siberian Husky preparing for the second assault.  Customers – and a store manager – who were watching the whole event, are holding their sides and laughing hysterically.

The Hu-Dad decides that now is a really good time to leave the store.


  1. Juno's mom on March 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Great old stories. The Herd has been famous for a long time.

  2. Debbie & Miss Ruby on March 2, 2022 at 10:12 am

    He was a funny Husky back then.. Love the old stories and pictures. One Husky is enough for me when camping can’t imagine 6!!

  3. Ann Foose on March 2, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I find it hard to believe that Frankie hasn’t always been Suave! The story and the comments are hilarious, I so look forward to Wednesdays.

  4. HokiePack on March 2, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Frankie misbehaving?? Don’t believe it for a minute! No evidence means it didn’t happen right?? Lol.

  5. Jean Burkhardt on March 2, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Hu-Dad-I love seeing all the dogs from the Herd from back then. I so wish I would have found your page way before I did. I THINK it’s because we got our husky mix Bradley in 2013 I found it. You REALLY had your hands full back in 2011!!! Love seeing the Frankie was the new kid on the block then too!!!

  6. Kari on December 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    That Frankie story still cracks me up

    Stop on by for a visit

  7. KB on December 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Great story!!!! Laughing in Colorado!!!

    One of our dogs, K, has just decided to blow her coat. It’s not such a huge event as for a Sibe… but it’s a very odd time of year to do it…

  8. Radinka on December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh I would pay good money to see that unfold!!!!!

  9. Lisa Myers on December 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    One of my favorite blogs ever!!!! Laughed till my side hurt & had to share with coworkers!!!
    Hu-dad, you really know how to write a story & what a magnificent life you have!!!

  10. Ice 'n Ayla on December 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, but I wish I’d been there for the assault on the parakeet case! Poor Frankie — all part of his “growing experience”. But the main thing is — a good time was had by all (except for the parakeets, at least!)

  11. Pet Waste Stations by TerraBound on December 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Frankie is a pretty girl doggie!!

    • D.K. Wall on December 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Of course, Frankie would like to point out that he might be neutered, but he is still all boy!

  12. bichonpawz on December 21, 2011 at 6:41 am

    We are thinking that it was probably the BIRD’s fault…they do have a way of REACHING OUT!!! BOL!!! What a riot you all must be to travel with…and we hope you have a very LARGE RV!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  13. Susan on December 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I did some dumb things too when I was a teenager…fortunately I was still classified as a juvenile under the law.

  14. HUSKYS RULE on December 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Frankie you are our new hero!!!! Still laughing!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  15. Sonic on December 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Oh no, Frankie! Don’t attack our Feather-Friends, because they’re nice! My Aunt Jol is keeping some Love-birds now and they sing nice songs! Well, the singing drives Knuckles insane, but I like them.


  16. Vivian Kuhn on December 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Another great adventure with the Herd and hu-dad! Poor Frankie was probably frustrated and humiliated by his inability to get that dumb bird. There’s always next time Frankie!

    The Akora Gang

  17. The Ao4 on December 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    How could your hu-dad NOT get that on film?!?! Imagine that clip played at HULA meetings all across the globe! You’re really doing the breed proud, Frankie! Way to go, buddy!
    Play bows,

  18. Huffle Mawson on December 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I think that Frankie is the perfect addition to the Herd! He is fitting in beautifully. QNTE must be so proud.

  19. brooke & darwin on December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    hahha Poor Frankie!

  20. FiveSibesMom on December 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    We’re with the OP Pack, you must get that security tape! I can just about see Frankie’s expression against that glass…priceless!

  21. houndstooth on December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Bwaaaaaaaa ha ha ha! Frankie, it pays to be bad! It really, really does!

    Last year we were in Petco and two Greyhounds discovered that they have real, live rabbits in there. A plan of attack was formed, but the humans pulled the Greyhounds out of the store before an embarrassing situation could manifest itself!

  22. Terri Jacobson on December 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    LOL, This had to be a hysterical moment for all of the herd.

    They are all rolling their eyes and thinking… Rookie.

  23. Amy@GoPetFriendly on December 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Too funny! I hope Frankie didn’t give himself a concussion. You might have to consider getting him a helmet. 😉

  24. Khumbu on December 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    BOL life with the Herd sounds like such fun. High paws to Frankie good effort with the parakeets, shame about those invisible forcefields though.

  25. Andrea on December 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Yes indeed….nothing quite like a new, young Siberian to awaken that eyes-in-the-back-of-our-head quality in a Siberian owner who perhaps has been a little off his/her game for awhile. ROFL We know that feeling. 😉 I prefer to think that it keeps us young. This is precisely why our Christmas decorations have been slightly modified this year.

  26. Amanda @ Click. The Good News on December 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Love all the stories & great photos. We are waaay jealous of all your adventures with puppies 🙂

  27. Khyra on December 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    It was all the Blue Jay’s fault –

    I just know it!

    PeeEssWoo: Hey Frankie – are these folks keepers or not?

  28. Random Felines on December 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

    OMC – poor Frankie – those force fields are terrible. 🙂 We love that the delinquents get to spend time on the porch – and it certainly looks like all of you are having a great time!

  29. Wild Dingo on December 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hu-dad is such a party pooper! geeshhh… a wee transgression and he has to leave the store? poor frankie. it’s as if they never owned a siberian or something! 😉 LOL… Frankie is my new sibe hero. just love his joie-de-vivre!

  30. The OP Pack on December 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

    You just HAVE to get that security tape. Or maybe you need some more bitter apple and could go back for a reenactment. After all, Charleston is a city of historic events:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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