Freddy the Horse

Freddy is NOT a horse, of course; Freddy is a pig. But, in a happy circumstance, I’ve learned that one of my favorite childhood TV shows, Mister Ed, was created by the writer of one of my favorite childhood book series, Freddy the Pig: Walter R. Brooks.

They have this in common: They’re about talking animals.

They have this in difference: Mr. Ed only talked to one person and was the only talking animal on the show; in the Freddy books, all animals (and birds and insects) could talk, and would talk to anybody they wanted to talk to.

I mean, NATURALLY, I adored both these, even though Mister Ed was about dumb grown-ups. All kids know animals could talk if they wanted to, and I haven’t given up hope. I did have a dog once who said, “Hello,” when anybody got out of a car. This was before YouTube and before camera video phones, so I don’t have a clip of it, alas. I miss Rufus, and I miss his sweet Hello.

But I still have Mister Ed and Freddy the Pig.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: The first animal (or bird or insect) you see can talk: what does it say?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Freddy the Horse

  1. jane

    January 28, 2014 at 10:10am

    My cats talk to me all the time. I just have to supply the voice.
    After the big number with the robots on the Grammys sunday night, Lily turned around to me and said, “Mreow!” I said, “I know! It was rocking!” She clearly thought so, too.

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