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?