Fred, a very beloved dog, passed away over the weekend. Fred visited students in D.C. schools for more than ten years. He loved children, particularly children with food in their hands. Fred was known for eating just about anything. He was also known for his uncanny ability to find food in places that are typically off limits to dogs -- like the refrigerator. Children loved Fred's visits; they loved petting him and feeding him, and delighted in hearing stories about Fred's amazing food finds.
Fred was famous. Last year he was featured not only in the book To The Rescue (see side bar) by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker, but he's the dog on the cover of the book! Fred's happy-go-lucky, pet-me, feed-me, easy-going disposition could even been seen in photographs.
I, like many, many people -- young and not-so-young, in the Washington, D.C. area, and beyond, will miss Fred.