Freddy Von Schnauzer Turns 11 Today but it May be his Last Birthday!

Morning Folks!!

Many of you know of or have met Freddy Von Schnauzer when he was the Mascot of TRAFFIC from 2007 until is retirement in 2014. Today is his 11th birthday!! YAY!  But it is very unlikely he will see his 12th. BOO! HISS!!

Last week they found 2 large tumors. He has cancer. He starts radiation on Monday for the next 5 week. Prognosis even with radiation is just months. Maybe less. He is still acting normal and in good spirits. Most would not even see anything wrong. But storm clouds loom.

Freddy has been my best pal ever! He's kinda snarky. Very stubborn at times. A Stud all the time. And is a lover with a heart of gold. He rules the nest. Nobody comes in my home without being greeted by Freddy. He loves new people and drops me like a hot potato! He is always near and he is always involved with the action. His favorite sport is eating. Followed by napping. He likes BIG dogs. Really big dogs. He thinks he is the size of a Great Dane and walks right up and sticks his chest out and goes right in for a kiss and a sniff!

He sleeps on the pillow on the floor by my bedside every night. He wakes up in the wee hours to climb into bed. That's when I get "Cheeky" time. His cheek against mine and some love grunts. Love it! He has his schedule and he has me trained very well. He'll never let you forget what time it is. "Yummy Yummy" is Breakfast at 8:30 and dinner at 3:30. "Turkey Time" at Noon, 5PM and 7PM. A cookie at 2 pm. 3 more after dinner. Lots of kissie kissie's and hugs thru the day. My best feeling is that I have no regrets. As I have said for many years. "Every day is a good day with Freddy".

We had the same color hair back then and we still have the same color hair today. People would comment all the time how much we look alike. But both of us are slightly grayer now. And Freddy gave me the perfect pick up line. It could happen 20 times a day or more if I wanted to use Freddy. A pretty woman would come over and say "Oh how cute"! I would wait a sec, look directly at her with an upset and demanding voice and ask, "What about my dog"? Everyone always laughs! Hope you did too!

So Happy Birthday my little friend. I'll be praying for a miracle and hope I will be joined by many of my friends. What else can I do? To me, EVERYDAY is your birthday buddy!


Last Year I had Freddy Immortalized when I commissioned an artist that I had bought another original work from to capture Freddy. It hangs in my living room today and forever.



Freddy even has his own Million Dollar Bills. I am told any Wells Fargo Bank will cash it! He has his own song too. (Sung to the tune of "He's a Jolly Good Fellow")  For he's a Freddy Von Schnauzer, For he's a Freddy Von Schnauzer, For he's a Freddy Von Schnauzer, that nobody can deny. Yay Freddy!!! :-)

At 9 weeks he was just slightly bigger than my hand. I had to have some "Poopie Protection"


At 10 weeks who knew what a big part of my life he would become? I love Freddy Von Schnauzer!

Rick Schwartz

12 thoughts on “Freddy Von Schnauzer Turns 11 Today but it May be his Last Birthday!

  1. Mark Thorpe

    Got to love dogs. I have had many and always say I’ll never get another dog again after one passes away.

    But after awhile you see other people with dogs and you get that itch again to have one.

    Good luck, Freddy!

  2. Howard Neu

    Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Freddy. Happy birthday toooooooo you!

  3. Kevin

    Prayers and Angels sent for Freddy’s medical treatment success.

    Sadly our precious loving dogs who are the only beings we receive complete unconditional love from in our life are with us for just a short time. And when they move on, the depth of the grief we experience in our heart is unlike any other. But the wonderful memories of all the good times together are forever etched in our souls.

    I was blessed with 2 playful Schnauzers growing up the breed is extra exceptional and special in every way.

    My thoughts are with you Rick . . .


    Here is a site I came across dedicated to Schnauzers today.

  4. Tyger Gilbert

    One of the best parts of Life are the animals we share it with and the love we get from them. A dog, or a cat, or several, helps keep us in touch with reality, give us reasons for living, entertain us, and make us happy. It’s good that you take many pictures of Freddy, as they will strengthen your memories of him and keep him alive for you forever. He is lucky also, to have you to give him the best care as possible to the end. Enjoy him now.

  5. Jose

    Hello Rick, I hope with all my heart that Freddy Von Schnauzer the mascot, who has been by your side during all these years, recover from his illness and fulfill many more years by your side.

    I understand what you feel in these moments, be a strong friend, both together that the friendship that unites you never breaks.

    Happy Birthday today and forever.

  6. Danny Pryor

    Happy birthday, Freddie! We’re all keeping our hopes up for another! :)

  7. Rich Leto

    Rick! Freddy is absolutely beautiful and reading your words about Freddy and your relationship with him was truly heartwarming! The pictures are fantastic!! Dogs are one of the most amazing and loving creatures God created for us. I just meditated and prayed for Freddy and I will continue to keep him in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for sharing! All the best, Rich Leto

  8. Manuel

    Don’t know how many times I’ve made a decision about a person based on how my dog reacted to them.

    Turkey tail mushrooms Rick, add it to his diet, it may buy you another birthday.

    Best Wishes!


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