Goodbye, Fred. 1997-2007

On December 13, 2007 I ran across this male pup and knew that he belonged with me. He is another pound pup of mixed lineage and was probably born around October 5. He has the current name Pete. He weighed 6 lb. 14 oz when I brought him home; 10 days later he weighed in at 10 lb. 6 oz.
Fred was acquired from the local pound in the summer of 1997. His lineage is uncertain, but appears to be mostly, or primarily, stock dog. Perhaps collie? He weighs about forty pounds.

The picture to the left is at around three years.

When Fred was a pup, I felt that he might in actuality be the Devil's spawn. He has improved, although he is very much his own dog. He is generally loving and faithful, but he has his own agenda. He will bark ferociously at any non-regulars passing by the house, but will roll over for anyone who stops.

Fred passed away in his sleep the morning of Novemver 26, 2007. He was a good friend who took his duties seriously. He will be missed.

On November 6, 2001 I saw Fred looking under a piece of plywood in the yard which I had set up for the dogs to rest on. When I lifted it up I found a miniscule kitten which was covered with caked mud. I brought it inside and washed it off as best I could, then combed it out. It cleaned up well, and I had a litter box in storage in the garage, so I decided to keep it. Dried out and with a couple meals in it, it weighs in at a whopping 1 lb 1 oz (490 gr.) At the end of week 1, 575 gr, week 4 1025 gr. and 1730 gr. (3 lbs 13 oz.) after two months. Growing fast.

The kitten now has a name. Owing to its rapid darting movements, both horizontally and vertically, I'm calling it "J.J.", as in "Jumping Jack Flash."

This is JJ at around one year old.