Lois send me an email this morning saying she just finished reading Jon’s book Second Chance Dog about Frieda. She was asking me to help her find the video of Frieda that’s listed in the end of the book. So I sent her the link, but before I did, I watched the video.
It was so good to see Frieda again. Barking at the gate and me and her walking in the woods together. For the last couple of years of her life she couldn’t jump into and out of the car, so we stopped walking in the woods. I had almost forgotten we’d done that together. And Lenore was in the video too. I couldn’t stop smiling seeing them and thinking of them.
It’s not that long ago that they were still both here. But somehow it seems like a lifetime ago. Maybe because there are so many new things happening between my getting to know the horses, thinking of a new puppy and all the rest of life. They’re not a part of this new stuff, but without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Ready to embark on new life adventures with different animals guiding the way.
Click here for a link to the video of Frieda, Lenore and Red too.
10 thoughts on “Meet Frieda”
Thank you for posting the link; it was nice to watch her and to see Lenore as well. Take care!
What a great video of Frieda, Lenore and Red. I know what you mean about how it seems like a lifetime ago. She was a lucky dog and you were a lucky person to find her and bring her into your life and then Jon’s. The video is such a sweet tribute and keepsake to have.
I have read most of Jon Katz books and Second Chance Dog is my favorite. Freida clearly was a special dog. I enjoyed the video. Thanks for the reminder.
Goodness, Maria, I’ve just watched the video and when Freida barked she set up a barking here with my two Aussie girls who are still barking as I write this…barking back at her…you’re so lucky to have videos of your animals…it’s like they are right there with you again. And Red, being a BC has so many characteristics of the Australian Shepherd, the way he sits, lies down, always on alert…very alert to Jon’s voice and then Lenore, chomping away on the grass…all I could think of was Meggie our red tri would have been tossing her bisquits a minute after eating that grass…
Sandy P in Canada
Hope it’s quieted down over there Sandy. I guess Frieda still has it.
Just great to watch this video. A good life.
She’ll always have it Maria, where ever she may roam. 🙂
I can relate to what you said “It’s not that long ago that they were still both here. But somehow it seems like a lifetime ago. Maybe because there are so many new things happening between my getting to know the horses, thinking of a new puppy and all the rest of life. They’re not a part of this new stuff, but without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.” We recently lost our 13 year old labrador. It was such a tremendous loss, my husband and I discussed how empty the house felt without her presence. We have a wonderful 12 year old Australian Shepherd, but she is much more serious than our playful lab was.
Within a few weeks I was online looking at dogs. We now have a 10 week old puppy that makes us laugh daily, although our Aussie isn’t laughing 🙂
I wish you the best in all your endeavors. Any animal would be fortunate to have you and Jon as their owner.
I recently read Second Chance Dog and was thoroughly swept up in the love story and the rehabilitation of Frieda. I just learned of her passing and felt like it had just happened, so I am still a little sad for you. I think though that the sadness is mostly mine as I am, as you were, in the quandary of whether my dog, Bear, is ready to move on. He is now 14 1/2, having lived longer than I ever expected since he is a large dog about the size of Frieda. In fact, Bear resembles Frieda so much, except his hair is longer. He is probably part Aussie and part shepard. He once was aggressive to strangers and other dogs (very protective of me when I was single) but has mellowed over the years and adores my husband. We married when we were in our late 50’s which coincides a bit with your love story. It’s never too late to find true love! Anyhow, as I grapple with how much longer Bear will be with us, I hope that I too will somehow know when the time is right. It’s so hard to imagine him not in my life. Thank you for your wonderful insights.
Trust yourself Susie and you’ll know too. So happy to hear of your love story too!