Friday, October 28, 2016

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HEEEEEEEERE'S FRANKLIN

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Although Flashback Friday no longer has a host, I intend to flashback when I'm in the mood to do so, whether it's the last Friday of the month or every other day. After all, my current blog is the culmination of every post I've written in the past.


Can you believe it's been six years since Franklin came to live with me? He has become an indispensable part of our lives.

This post is the first one I wrote about him. I published it on October 28, 2010. It's had sixteen page views and two comments.




Here’s the story
Of a dog named Franklin
Who was living with some very lovely folks
But Franklin was too much for these older people
And he felt all alone.

Then on Sunday Franklin’s daddy met a doggy mommy
And Mommy knew that it was much more than a hunch
That Franklin should join her doggy family
And that’s the way we all became The Franklin Bunch!

The Franklin Bunch
The Franklin Bunch
That’s the way we became The Franklin Bunch!


And now together again for the first time on any blog, we present the stars of 
The Doggy Show

Our Cast




Lola (now Janie Junebug) as 




Mama






Scout as 






Scout






Harper Lee as






Harper



And Introducing





                           FRANKLIN

Back Story: Someone breaks into a woman's home. She has seen two stray dogs hanging out in a field, so she takes them home. She keeps one to be her watch dog and gives the other, a border collie mix, to her parents. They name him Franklin Jr. But Franklin Jr., who is only two years old, proves too much for this older couple to handle. Franklin Jr.'s dad announces at church that he's looking for a home for the dog. Mama raises her hand and says, "I"ve always wanted a border collie." And here's where our story begins.

Pilot Episode: Mama and her Favorite Young Man arrive at the home of Franklin Jr.'s parents. They go to the backyard to meet Franklin, who is so frightened that he flies over the fence. His dad has to go after him and bring him home, where Mama approaches him slowly and cautiously. Soon she and Franklin are acquainted, and he agrees to go home with her. F.Y.M., who serves as the show's Dog Wrangler, gets a nervous Franklin into the car, drives him to Mama's house, and carries him to the backyard. Franklin takes off faster than a speeding bullet to find a place where he can leap the tall fence in a single bound, but returns quickly when he discovers that Mama's entire fence is seven feet tall. Franklin is afraid to go up the steps to the deck, so Mama lets Scout and Harper outside. They encourage Franklin to join them on the deck and then in the house.

That evening, Franklin and Harper become fast friends as they run in and out of the house together. Soon, a Bromance develops between them.





Scout, who is a little jealous but accepting of the new guy in town, lets loose with an occasional growl (Scout secretly believes he is a grizzly bear cub).




Franklin is afraid of Mama. He starts every time she moves. Mama knows that Franklin had a hard life as a stray, so she speaks to him in a soft voice and moves slowly. She tells him how much she admires his rather large paws.




Before long, Franklin begins to relax. By the end of the evening, he has reciprocated by licking Mama's toes. Franklin goes to bed in his own comfortable crate on a soft bed with a bowl of kibble and a bowl of water. His new life has begun.





Good night, Franklin. 

35 comments:

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    1. It's easy to be sweet when Franklin is the subject.

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  2. Oh, to live my life as a dog.

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    1. Especially if you're as loved and adored as Franklin is.

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  3. Aw Franklin, you are so handsome!

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  4. Franklin won the lottery when he came to live with you.

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  5. Hello, again, Franklin. My blog began five years ago, with a black and white cat. I know, I know--boo, bark. But, you are in good company.

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    1. Franklin doesn't mind cats. He seldom even looks at them.

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  6. Oh My Goodness this is just the best story ever. Franklin is very lucky to have been found by Mama and the circle of love gets bigger.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Faulkner, The Original Dog, taught Harper about going out to potty in the yard. Harper taught Franklin how to potty in the yard. Franklin taught Penelope.

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  7. I like this story very much. I'd write more but it's hard to see through the tears *sniff*

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  8. Six years feels like it zips by in a flash, doesn't it? Scary. (Didn't we just turn forty a couple years ago...? How can my kids possibly be in THEIR forties already???)

    It's awesome that all of your four-legged kids get along so well. You're all lucky to have each other.

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    1. I don't know what I'd do without them.

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  9. OMG..your story just melts my heart. I love you people that love dogs. Well, to be fair, I love people that love animals. Your pictures are so sweet.

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    1. Thank you! I've had kitties, too, but for now I'm a dog person.

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  10. Yea for Franklin and Mama and the entire cast!

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    1. The cast may change but the show will go on.

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  11. They all were lucky to come and live with you!! :) :)

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    1. I'm fortunate to have my pups. They're patient with me.

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  12. Hi Janie - lovely story and I'm so glad Franklin is happy and settled now in your family ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Six years and he's never been any trouble.

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  13. I love a good dog story. Ol' Franklin is a keeper.

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  14. Such a beautiful story, Janie. ♥ Franklin is adorable and so are his paws. ☺ You have a kind and generous heart. BTW, as per Michael D'Agostino, Jemima Pett has taken over the hosting duties for Flashback Friday. She doesn't mention it on her site, though. Have a nice weekend, Mama.

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  15. What a heartwarming story of how you became the Franklin Bunch :)

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    1. Scout and Harper have passed away, so now it's Franklin and Penelope--and me. They let me live here, too.

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  16. Love the song! My sister is a huuuuuge Brady Bunch fan.

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  17. I love it! The more dogs the merrier.

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