Frankie’s Twelfth Herdaversary

Twelve years ago, we traveled over to Tennessee to meet a few of the dogs at Siberian Husky Assist. Our hope was we would find a good fit for The Herd. We hit the jackpot when we met Frankie. Like so many of our “first” photos, we revealed only the newcomer’s tail.

Queen Natasha the Evil and our Chief of Security Kiska were assigned the task of teaching the newbie to walk with us.

With his striking good looks and easy-going charm, he melded into the group easily. It took him a little bit to get used to riding in the Jeep with seat belts on, but he figured it out.

Those brown eyes mesmerize

And let’s say he turned on the charm with his mentors, Natasha and Kiska. Miss Kiska, who didn’t warm to newcomers quickly, found Frankie quite suave.

Pals from the first few days.

He earned house privileges quite quickly with his good behavior. We discovered early on that napping in comfort was one of his favorite things to do. He’d barely been at Chez Herd three weeks when he developed quite the sleeping habit. To this day, he loves building a nest with blankets.

What else is a blanket for?

And he found a kindred spirit in the somewhat quirky, but always lovable Rusty the Rooster. The Rooster might have been our class clown of the time, but he and Frankie bonded well.

Yes, more sleeping, but with Rusty the Rooster

You might get the impression that Frankie spent much of his first year napping. Nothing could have been further from the truth. He loved to help Hu-Dad with his busyness. Take this photo of Frankie demonstrating the real meaning of laptop.

Imagine how helpful this is.

By now, you believe that Frankie’s first year with The Herd went without incident. Mostly, that was true. Mostly. Though, there was the parakeet incident, which is told at the end of this very long post.

I’m still a little traumatized by the whole parakeet thing.

Enough with activity, though, Frankie says we need to get back to napping. After all, he has the skill to be able to sleep anywhere. And we do mean anywhere.

What do you mean that I don’t fit?

Yes, that first year established why we call Mr. Frankie “Frankie Suave.” It’s hard to be bad when your favorite activity is sleeping. So we leave you with this, a pose that Frankie emulates to this day. Happy 12th Herdaversary!

Can you fluff my pillow, please?


  1. Susan on October 23, 2023 at 4:41 am

    What cute pictures!

    With respect to the parakeet incident, well, we all have regrets from our youth, yes?

  2. Karen on October 22, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    You both have given so many “castaways” the best life ever. I am so proud to be a part of Frankie’s journey. ❤️❤️

  3. Juno's mom on October 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    He’s always been (for the most part,) a consummate gentleman.

  4. Jim Frykman on October 22, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Happy Herdaversary Mr. Frankie

  5. Padma Bending on October 22, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Happy Herdaversary to Frankie Suave!

  6. Debbie & Miss Ruby on October 22, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    Happy 12th Frankie!! Hopefully there will be many more.

  7. Cheryl Seybert on October 22, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Wishing Frankie Suave a very happy Herdiversary’!!!

  8. Jen Lind on October 22, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Frankie 😍

  9. Pat and Rambo on October 22, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Happy Herdaversary. So handsome and still such a Suave Gentlemen. Wishing you many more happy years.

  10. Jean Burkhardt on October 22, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Happy 12th Herdavsersary Frankie Suave. What an awesome boy you are and how wonderful you blended into the Herd!!!!!

    Love to you all on this lovely Fall day!

  11. Billie Borron on October 22, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Happy Herdaversary Frankie Suave! The secret to staying up with the rest of the guys is all the naps isn’t it? I remember when you joined the herd! You quickly won over everyone. Biggest hugs and scratches for you!

  12. HokiePack on October 22, 2023 at 11:21 am

    Love Frankie ! He is such a gentleman!

  13. Terry G on October 22, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Gorgeous pictures😍 I LOVE that Frankie Suave 😘
    Happy Day to a Classic Beauty+ Love to ALl the Herd❤️

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