Peace and Joy

Home Environment

Lushly vegetated 1/2 acre+, fenced, irrigated lot with many fruit trees.  Tangerines, oranges and pink grapefruit  in winter.  Passion fruit, lo quats, early and late peaches, apples, nectarine, apricots, figs, almonds, pecans, grapes, and plums in spring / summer.  Back yard is the length of a football field.  Freida loved to explore it all.  She is especially attracted to the lavender.  Most of all she loves her handler so when you call "Freeeee Freee"  you could always count on her promptly showing up.


Eve – retired guide,  Lane – working guide, Journal – career change, Lil Baer – shepherd / chow mix, Rusty – Rhodesian Ridgeback and four well behaved grandchildren.

Bedtime Routine

Final leash relieve and a cookie.  Freida slept in a kennel at the foot of our bed.  When we came to bed about an hour later, I would first sit on the floor, and open the kennel door.  Freida would come out and cozy in my lap for a little good night loving.  Then I would say good night and she would return to the kennel for the night.


1 cup of pre moistened IAMS chunks twice daily


Soft, sweet, smart and very obedient. She desires to please her handler.  Freida traveled in a Ford van to work with me every day.  When she became large enough to enter and exit the van all by herself, (leashed of course) I opened the side door, and told her “wait”.  Thereafter, she always patiently stood and waited for me to take her leash and say, “OK”.  She never jumped out without an "OK".  Freida is a low maintenance girl, never a problem at work, home, restaurants, church, movies or while traveling.  Very loving, focused and patient.

Cute Behaviors

Elegant lady Freida would lay with her front paws crossed.  Sometimes she frogged out – extending her legs.  We called her our little froggie.  In the office, she slept peacefully most of the time.  Just before time to leave, Freida would stand and place her chin on my chair seat after bumping me lightly with the side of her head, telling me it was time to go home.  When preoccupied with a task, I would glance at her and continue working.  She would voice a soft objection and disappointedly flop herself back onto the floor.  Freida teased the other dogs with her nylabone.  She would rub it in their faces.  When she attracted their interest, she would run with it expecting them to chase her.  She was the smallest yet the biggest tease.  She loved to curl up on articles of clothing or on your feet when you sat down.  She loved to bob for ice cubes in a bucket of water.  She loves to stick her whole face in her drinking water and make a mess.  She is very affectionate.

The Most Wonderful Thing My Puppy Ever Did Was...

Everything she did was wonderful.  She was an instant learner.  Was no task to teach her all of commands.  She made me look like a professional puppy raiser but she was the expert.  She brought a lot of joy to our family and my co-workers.

Miss Freida

Guide Dog Puppy In Training

Freida adores lavender



howlin' at the moon


froggin out

Vickie Kennedy and Freida
Guide Dog Team,
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
San Rafael, CA

trademark pose

staying warm

princess on the regal princess

devil dog

Feb. 2005
Benicia, CA
Vickie Kennedy holding Anista
Bill and Melinda's 'International' Puppy In Training

May 08, 2006
Freida leaving with Jim and Vickie, for Sedona and Grand Canyon trip,
after two-weeks stay with Robert & Sandy in Gilbert, AZ




Welcome Back to Arizona,
Freida, Jim & Vickie

Freida, Vickie & Jim
at Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki

Portrait of Freida by Sarah Hopkins
of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. Vet's Clinic

Vickie Kennedy with her guidedog Freida
Participating In Hawaii Disaster Preparedness

The Challenges of Low Vision

Freida retiring from guide work,
assuming a new mission critical position
and meeting her new replacement


Freida's Fan Mail


Freida's tribute with poem and picture


Freida's Arizona Puppy Raiser Daddy
aka evesmaster, aka lanemaster and aka

Robert M. Thomas
Academic Professional Faculty Emeritus
Emeritus College
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona  85287

Improving lives of people with little or no sight!