Fixing Freddie: A TRUE story about a Boy, a Single Mom, and the Very Bad Beagle Who Saved Them

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There are bad dogs—and then there are bad beagles.

In this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, single mother Paula Munier takes on the world’s worst beagle—and loses every time. She tries everything to fix Freddie—but nothing really works. As her youngest son grows up and prepares to leave her soon-to-be empty nest, Paula’s worst fear is that after more than thirty years of raising kids, she’ll be left all alone—with Freddie.

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Overview

There are bad dogs—and then there are bad beagles.

In this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, single mother Paula Munier takes on the world’s worst beagle—and loses every time. She tries everything to fix Freddie—but nothing really works. As her youngest son grows up and prepares to leave her soon-to-be empty nest, Paula’s worst fear is that after more than thirty years of raising kids, she’ll be left all alone—with Freddie.

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Sometimes the worst dogs are boys' best friend. Take Paula Munier's beagle Freddie, for instance. This pesky little pooch seems to have been to destroy any semblance of sanity in the life of this plucky single mom, but somehow over the years, as this book shows, Freddie became the problem that you just can't help but love. Move over, Marley; there's company.
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Munier's amusing tale begins with a trip to the Puppy Palace and the acquisition of a beagle named Freddie (reduced from $500 to $250). We learn that beagles are "prized for their superior noses and unparalleled skills as rabbit hunters," but that these skills can serve as a "significant distraction during instruction." Freddie's tale wags between doggy destruction and doggy training, leaving a trail of self-help axioms and expected but nonetheless touching moments along the way, as when Isis, a long-time family cat and Freddie-favorite, dies, leaving Freddie and the family to mourn. The book's biggest fumble is its focus on Munier's own dogged pursuit of a mate; readers must endure at least four failed relationships. An animal behaviorist's statement to Munier that Freddie's aggressive behavior may be attributed to the absence of a man in the house doesn't help; Freddie takes his alpha role seriously, a charming trait on paper but not so wonderful when male visitors come to call. Readers who can overlook Munier's manhunt will enjoy this tale of a half-price dog who helps turn a new house into a home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440502309
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 951,725
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Munier has been a dog person her whole life. Raised by a father with a penchant for Weimaraners, Vizslas, and Great Danes, she got her first dog of her own on her tenth birthday—a black miniature poodle named Rogue. Since then she has shared her life with numerous dogs, cats, fish, and a bearded lizard, all of which together caused far less trouble than just one small beagle named Freddie.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Heartwarming

    Masterfully written. A terrific read for any animal lover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Loved it

    Must say that this was a very good book, filled with humor,love and understanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Fantastic+story

    Great+story.+++Was+siry+when+it+ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    highly recomend

    For any dog lover great read. 210 pages long Was very funny and cute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Good memoir, wrong title

    A big goofy mutt named Shakespeare, a kitty cat named Isis, a disgruntled eleven-year-old boy, and a single Mom had moved from Salem to Lytton and things didn't seem to be going well at all. In fact nothing ever seemed to go right for Paula. There was the husband who was as was on par with Jack the Ripper in the mental department and then there was the one that lured her back to California insinuating that they could be a family again . . . and up and married Miss Priss. She should have taken out stock in Kleenex and she would have been better off. At least she had two grown kids and Mikey, a boy who had made her promise that they could get a dog if they ever got a house of their own. "You promised-the two words in the English language most likely to bring a single mother to her knees." (pg. 8) Did she really say they'd get a DOG? "I hate you." "I know." Only a single mother knew how to drive like a maniac to Puppy Palace in Bowlington, forty-eight miles away before the store closed and rush hour traffic began. They had every fluffy froo froo dog known to man and when she suggested a dachshund Mickey simply spouted, "I don't want a wiener dog, Mom," but there was one dog in the back and it was none other than Freddie. "Three pets, two people, one TV set fully equipped with more than 200 cable channels. The All-American formula for happiness in the twenty-first century." (pg. 177) Not. Paula soon discovered that Freddie was an escape artist, could tear apart a couch in search of one piece of popcorn, had an unusual appetite for the wooden knobs off her "custom cherry cabinets," and would just as soon bite all men as look at them. Paula's mother claimed that "You were never any trouble. It was those ... those ... husbands of yours." (pg. 151) She could now throw Freddie into the troublesome mix. Mikey's beloved "loud-mouth beagle" turned out to be a hunter's dream, a bawler. Her vet counseled her to get a shrink for Freddie, when all the while she could have used one for herself. Her success at dating and finding a husband wasn't any better than her success in training Freddie. Her father, the Colonel, finally told her right up front, "You tried fixing him, and that didn't work, either. Some dogs just aren't meant to live in polite society. Freddie may be one of them." Perhaps not. Was Paula ever going to be able to get a grip on her own life, let alone Freddie's? Would she have to get rid of him? Would she ever be able to find a husband who would put up with a dog that loved to chomp on men for kicks? If you take one little boy, add one little dog, a handful of dates, and two crazy ex husbands, mix them up and what do you get? You have the recipe for the amusingly eccentric life of Paula Munier, a single mother who's been there, done that, and seen it all. I quickly found that the title of this book was a misnomer, as Freddie was never really in the forefront of this book. This is a charming memoir that I really enjoyed, but is far from the "Marley" genre that people expect when they see Freddie on the cover. It was however, a page-turner and quite well written. Like many single moms, every time she thought things were going well it seemed as if someone threw a wrench in the works. Paula always graciously managed to pull herself up with aplomb and kept going even when things seemed insurmountable. Quill says: No, I did not like the title, but must admit I loved the memoir!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Nice book

    Cute book I enjoyed it!

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed this story. It is a must-read for dog-lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2011

    Nice

    Love it

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    FREDDIE

    A cute story

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    highly recomend

    such a great book .

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    heartwarming and funny

    great story that is both heartwarming, true and funny. i was laughing and crying. great read espically if you have a beagle like we do.

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