Rose yawned and stretched her furry arms, waking up after a long nap. She looked around. "Where is everyone?" The hollow log that she lived in with her family was empty. "Mom! Daddy!" she shouted. "Randy! Ricky!" Nobody answered. Rose crawled out of the log and stood on the grass. "I guess I’ll have to go and look for them. Maybe they went down to the river," she sighed.
The azure sky was dotted with puffy white clouds. Robins and bluebirds flew overhead, some carrying worms in their beaks. A bush, covered with ripe, juicy blackberries that looked delicious to Rose, guarded the entrance to the woods. Unable to resist, she picked a few berries and popped them into her mouth. "These are delicious," she mumbled. Juice dripped down her chin onto her paws. The succulent berries were sweet. She picked a few more to nibble as she searched for her family.
"Mom! Daddy!" she called as she climbed over the roots of several aspen trees. Their leaves flickered in the gentle breeze. She was so busy eating the berries that she tripped and fell flat on her face. The berries smashed in her paw and made a sticky mess.