Frankie’s Eleventh Herdaversary

The quietest member of The Herd has a momentous anniversary today, so please help us celebrate Frankie’s Eleventh Herdaversary.

Check out Young Mr. Frankie (Not quiet yet Suave) - Frankie's Eleventh Herdaversary
Check out Young Mr. Frankie (Not quite yet Suave)

Eleven years ago today, we brought home Mr. Brown Eyes himself. Oh, sure, he might not have been the suave canine he grew into, but even at a year-and-a-half or so, he was already Mr. Polite. He did have a few things to learn about life at Chez Herd, such as how seat belts work and the importance of waiting for Hu-Dad’s signal to exit the vehicle.

Stop laughing and help me get back in the Jeep

By the way, for those concerned, the seat belt tests for a newbie are all done well away from traffic (note the gravel road) and with lots of human supervision. Frankie just needed to learn a little patience before exiting.

And he was the healing medicine we needed from the loss the Big Galoot Kodiak. Miss Kiska, in particular, was close to that Big Red boy, but she decided the Frankie might just be cute enough.

Miss Kiska and Frankie Suave

Frankie quickly figured out that living at Chez Herd might just have a few creature comforts. Like a couch. A cushy pillow. And a blanket. And a fire in the fireplace.

Could someone please fluff this pillow.

Frankie also found a pal in a certain Red-Header Rooster. Rusty the Rooster, that is.

Rusty the Rooster and Frankie

After a couple of photos of Frankie snoozing in his early days at Chez Herd, you might have the impression he enjoys his naps. We want to clarify that he is a member of the working breeds, so he does understand when tasks need to get done. Here he is helping Hu-Dad do some computer busyness.

Frankie working ON the computer.

For those of you who wonder if Frankie was always Mr. Suave, we point you to one of our all-time favorite stories of a Young Frankenstein involving a pet store, some parakeets, a plexiglass enclosure, and one embarrassed Hu-Dad. It’s at the end of that rather long post.

Happy Herdaversary, Frankie Suave. We leave you with one of our favorite photos of him enjoying a little snowy weather.

Frankie Suave in the wild


  1. Kiersten on October 23, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Happy happy herdaversary Frankie, you are such a handsome boy ❤? Those eyes, they touch the soul. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years already.

  2. Cheryl Seybert on October 22, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Frankie has the most beautiful eyes!! Happy Herdiversary !!!

  3. HokiePack on October 22, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Love the pics of baby Frankie!
    How is he? Health ok ? He looks great for his age !

    • The Thundering Herd on October 22, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      We are blessed because he continues to do well. Even keeps pace with the youngsters for all six miles of our daily walks.

  4. Sherri Painter on October 22, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Can’t believe it has been 11 years. Hope to see many more adventures along the way!

  5. Patty Markiewicz on October 22, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Eleven years! Wow, time really does fly. Our pups were only a few years old when you got Frankie. And then seeing him with Kiska and Rudy…

    Happy Herdaversary Frankie! Love the snow photo! And the of him helping you on the computer.

    We have been so blessed to have all of these dogs in our lives. Whether on screen or in real life. ♥

  6. Carolyn Rogers on October 22, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    11 years! I remember his exit out of the jeep. Crazy it has been so long! I got a little sad seeing the pics of those gone now! Especially Rusty! I loved that boy.:)

  7. Juno's mom on October 22, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Happy, happy herdaversary to a sweet daddy’s boy.

  8. Debbie & Miss Ruby on October 22, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Have a Happy Eleventh Herdaversary!! Looks like you have enjoyed the past 11 years with Chez Herd!!

  9. Mary on October 22, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Happy Herdaversary Frankie Suave!

  10. Jean Burkhardt on October 22, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Oh wow-I just LOVE todays post. Happy Eleventh Herdaversary Frankie Suave! I read back on his adventure in the Young Frankenstein too. I just love seeing all the dogs who were fortunate enough to be in the Herd back in 2011. I also know how LUCKY Frankie was the day he came to live at Chez Herd!

    You have a great day Frankie!

  11. mary michaud on October 22, 2022 at 7:54 am

    thank you for the good laugh to begin the day; our sibes are not always the best behaved pups in the store!

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