Frankie Getting Coaching

We are building a new Sibe Quentin in our favorite field, but we have started letting The Herd out in the area with supervision. Of course, part of that is an evil plot by the humans to get The Herd to show us the weak points. We are not exactly rookies at building safe containment areas for Siberian Huskies, who have to be some of the craftiest escape artists on the face of the earth, and part of that learning is to listen to the occupants. Sort of like the police using the best criminal masterminds to foil the next crime. Anyway, we will show you more of the new Sibe Quentin later, but that helps explain how the picture below came to be.

Part of the new Sibe Quentin includes our Tree of Life, our giant beautiful tree that we take so many pictures of. This is also the tree that we spread Kodiak’s ashes under after he left us to wait North of the Rainbow Bridge. For newer readers, Frankie came to join The Herd shortly after Kodiak’s departure and we have always thought that Kodiak shared so many traits with his younger brother whom he never met.

Frankie and the Tree of Life

So where has Frankie decided his favorite spot is? Yep, right where Kodiak can coach him so easily.


  1. Stacie on September 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I LOVE “Sibe Quentin”!! Will have to pass that on to my neighbour and her gang of escaping Sibes. Would love to see pics, maybe I can pass on a trick or two to help with her escapees! 🙂

    • D.K. Wall on September 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      We are planning a post on the building of Sibe Quentin, but only once it is totally complete.

  2. Holly & Khady on September 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I think Frankie has definitely picked the PERFECT spot! Can’t wait to see the new Sibe Quinton II!!

    Holly & Khady

  3. Huffle Mawson on September 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    That is so very very cool.

  4. Khyra on September 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This is sooooo much better than an Orange Jeep or a bigger home-on-wheels –

    Just sayin’


  5. Amy@GoPetFriendly on September 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love that the new Sibe Quentin includes Kodi’s resting place – he’ll always be a special member of the Herd. <3

  6. The Ao4 on September 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    That is so beautiful! We have no doubt that Kodiak is influencing Frankie. Dr. Liz had some profound words up there – we agree whole-heartedly! (Ask me how many times I’ve called Dave “Booter”!)
    Good luck with Sibe Quentin! 🙂

  7. Sam on September 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    That’s really sweet. Love the name “Sibe Quentin!”


  8. Dr. Liz on September 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

    We call that phenomenon the Collective Consciousness of the Dog; the spirit of each individual dog returns to the Greater Whole, and traits are thus passed on to siblings to whom they have no biological relation and have never met in this life. The ones who have Crossed the Bridge are never really gone. (And thus ends my philosophical lecture for the day…) I LOVE Sibe Quentin – it has a much nicer ring than Alcatraz! 😉

    -Dr. Liz

  9. houndstooth on September 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I’m sure Frankie is standing there looking innocent while he peruses the fence line for the weakest link! 😉 It’s always been funny to me how newer dogs can take on the traits of dogs we’ve had before.

  10. Kat n collies on September 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

    That’s sweet, and how wonderful that you have Kodiak’s brother!

    • D.K. Wall on September 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Sorry, did not mean to mislead. We do not know – and seriously doubt – that Kodiak and Frankie are blood relatives. We meant brother in the broader sense of how step-siblings take care of each other like siblings.

      Since all of The Herd, except Natasha, are rescues, we really have no idea who might be actually related to each other.

  11. jane on September 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I had to put my husky Aries down due to severe epilepsy. I was so severly depressed and cried all day everyday and 7 days after putting my baby down my husband bought me a new baby. Bruce is a german sheperd. He does so many things like Aries. We just couldn’t believe it. I swear my Aries is in Bruce. It’s the only way to explain the exact thing he does like Aries.

    • shauna leigh ward on September 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      ow thats ao sad,its so good that ur new german shepared is like aries i would be really upset if my 2 huskies moved on. i would like to wish u all the best with ur new dog

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