Daily Archives: April 8, 2015


Today we’re happy to welcome Linda Shook back with us. Linda has been a guest blogger with Over The Backyard Fence but it has been way to long since she’s joined us. Hopefully this will be the first of many more posts from Linda.

unnamedMy son, Jim will be turning 44 this next August 12th…..I find myself reflecting back over the years when I think of my two kids upcoming birthdays each year. This is about a special friend who came to the Shook house in August 1974;

Around the time of my son’s 3rd birthday (August 12, 1974), my former husband was working out of town with the railroad. He kept calling me telling me about this cute puppy in the window of a pet shop and he thought that Jimmy should have him. I have to admit I wasn’t real excited about having a puppy…we already had two cats and I felt that was enough. Well, the dad won out and when he came home at the end of the week he brought this sweet little beagle/terrier mix puppy. We named him Frisky~because he was. Frisky submitted to all the things a 3 year old boy could do to a puppy, riding down the swing set slide on his master’s lap, getting a bath in the small back yard fish pond (Frisky always hated water activities), never once growling or nipping. He loved to run, especially when we took him camping with us at Kalaloch Beach. His legs were so short, that when he ran at full speed it looked like he was skimming along on his little round belly. Frisky and Jimmy were inseparable for the 11 years . The last couple years of his life he developed congestive heart failure and we finally had to let him go. He was a great pal to my son, a great friend of our family and a great watch dog….we will always remember the fun times we had with Frisky.