Berry Check

Long time readers remember how Kodiak would always check his favorite berry tree for "treats."

Why does my favorite blueberry bush have no more blueberries?

We have often mentioned how very similar so many mannerisms are between Frankie and Kodiak. This past weekend, we were hiking one of Kodiak’s favorite trails. He liked the trail because there is one section that emerges from the woods high above an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. No, he did not care about the view, but he loved the berry bushes that are on that spot of the trail. Regardless of the time of year, he would check the bushes and, when the berries were ripe, he would eat as many as we would let him. When the bush was empty, as happened in the picture above, he would search the bush the whole time we sat and enjoyed the view.

So what happened this weekend when we hit that spot with Frankie?


Not quite ready. Can we come back in a few weeks?


  1. Lorenza on June 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am sure you can’t wait to have more of them!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. Huffle Mawson on June 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    That’s kinda cool πŸ™‚ Way to go, Frankie.

  3. KEEN Recess Team on June 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Cute story! The KEEN Recess Team is inspired by people like you who make getting outdoors a priority. Recess is a rallying cry to take a break from the daily grind, get outside and create your own playground. We’d love to know your favorite places to take the Thundering Herd.

    You can add locations and photos on our Recess page:

    Thanks for your input and expertise!

    KEEN Recess Team

  4. Kari on June 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    thats so beautiful.
    I hope that the next dog I bring in will have some sort of Freds traits to keep us on our toes.

    My dogs loved eating blackberries like crazy – right off the bush.

  5. houndstooth on June 7, 2012 at 8:46 am

    We’ve had the same thing happen at our house — a new dog comes in and has some of the unique and endearing traits of his or her predecessor. With Bunny, she hopped right up on the bed the very first night and curled up in the spot Treat had always slept in, despite a dog bed she’d been enamored with all day. With Kuster, it’s the same tendency to bark at odd hours of the night and insist that we get up at 5:00 am! Lilac is laughing at us from somewhere. I’d like to think that Frankie carries just a touch of Kodiak in him. πŸ™‚

  6. Carolyn on June 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Just gotta love that Frankie. πŸ™‚ Am sure Kodiak is pawing approval!

  7. jane on June 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

    My aries was a husky too. We had to put him down last april due to severe epilepsy. 6 days later we bought a german sheperd because one of my husband’s co worker’s had a nephew that had puppies ready and i told my husand either he gives me a baby or a new puppy. I got the puppy lol. It is so scary the way bruce does so many things like aries and their not even the same breed. We never taught either one all these traits. We think aries is in bruce, which does comfort me some. It is so funny how you can have two different dogs at two different times and do the same thing.

  8. Ice 'n Ayla on June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Almost as though there was some sort of “spiritual connection” or something. We found the same thing between our beloved Kiah, and our present sweet girl, Ayla. We lost Kiah at the age of 13, to cancer, and four months after we said goodbye to her, we got Ayla. Ayla was born within days of our losing Kiah, and we brought her (Ayla) home when she was 3 months old, and it was almost “eerie”, the way some of her traits were the same as Kiah’s.

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