Sad News about Freddie the Frog!

If you have been reading my posts you will know that we have a frog named Freddie. I have showcased him in his tank with his fellow fish. I even wrote a story about him that will be featured in my newest children’s book coming out in January 2023.

Here are some photos of Freddie in his tank in case you didn’t catch my other posts. If you want to see them go here.

We have had some strange episodes with Freddie lately. Each time my husband, John, tries to clean the tank somehow Freddie escapes but John is always able to put him back in once he catches him.

Recently we went out to dinner with friends and came home to find Freddie not in his tank. We all searched the house for him and I found him in the foyer up against the wall trying to climb. I don’t know where he thought he was going though. I will not pick Freddie up since he is slimy and slippery. It’s hard to hold him because he slips out easily and hops away. Well, after a few attempts John captured him and put him back into the tank. The odd thing was I had a dream the night before that Freddie was going to jump out of the tank like this!

Another day I was going out to the kitchen and luckily I had the overhead light on and saw him in time in the middle of the floor. If I hadn’t seen him in time I might have stepped on poor Freddie! Yikes!

Of course, I yelled for my husband to come and get Freddie once again! It’s not easy to pick him up even with a net. All was well as Freddie was returned to his tank.

Now for the announcement – Freddie is no longer with us. No, I don’t mean he passed. Sorry about that. He is still alive but no longer living in the tank. We had to take Freddie back to the store where we purchased him several months ago. They offered to take him back.

We thought it would be the best thing to do since he didn’t want to stay in the tank since he had doubled in size from the time we first got him. I guess he was looking for more room and opted to jump out of the tank to find a new place. Sigh!

Here are Freddie’s last photos before we took him out.

Today sadly we had to take Freddie out of the tank which was now wrapped with plastic wrap on the opened top to keep him from getting out. John unwrapped the top and put the net in to snatch Freddie. I captured all this below in photos.

Freddie jumped out of the net. He’s on the floor at the base of tank cabinet.

Freddie being netted again!

Freddie out of the net again!

Freddie finally in a container ready for travel to the pet store.

Freddie in a red bucket at the store to acclimate him before they put him into a tank.

It was sad to say goodbye to Freddie. Hopefully he will do better in a larger tank in the store and maybe someone will buy him and give him a new home. We plan to visit Freddie and see how he is doing in a couple of days or so. He was entertaining to watch but not too much fun to see him out of the tank. I was afraid of getting up one morning and finding him all dried out on the floor. Sigh!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again for more news about Freddie and our other fish or whatever else pops out of my cluttered mind.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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21 Responses to Sad News about Freddie the Frog!

  1. Darlene says:

    I’m glad Freddy is being looked after. They do sometimes outgrow their tank. I was so afraid you were going to tell us he had died. Now I feel better. He sure is adorable. xo

  2. I am confident that everyone will sleep better. Freddie may find a home that suits his needs, but I know he will be hard-pressed to find people that will love him more than you did.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Annette. Yes, we miss him. I hope he does better but he already tried to jump out of the pet store tank! I guess he is going to need an awfully large tank to keep him happy! Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 🤗 🥰

  3. Oh, poor Freddy! You did the right thing, taking him back to the store. He’s so cute, I expect a lot of people will want him. I hope he finds the right home.

  4. Luanne says:

    Oh no. I hope they find someone with a very large tank (or a pond) he can live in!

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, I think he will at the pet store. Though my husband went to check on him and they told him Freddie tried to jump out their tank too! Yikes!! Thanks for stopping by, Luanne! Hugs 🎄 🎅 👼 🥰

      • Luanne says:

        Oh no! One of my daughter’s friends, by the way, has always loved frogs. I remember when she was young and had so many frogs. Then at one of their houses, they had a pond, which was wonderful. I’ll wish for one for Freddie.

      • jjspina says:

        Yes, I think he would love the freedom. We have a pond in our backyard but it’s too cold for him! Thanks for stopping by, Luanne! 🎄☃️👼❄️🥰

  5. noelleg44 says:

    I am so glad to hear Freddie is still with us. He is clearly an escape artist – needs a bigger tank with a top!

  6. Quite a character, that Freddie:)

  7. Victoria Zigler says:

    I think you did the right thing for Freddy. Hopefully they can find him a more spacious home he won’t be so eager to escape from.

    • jjspina says:

      I agree, Tori. Thank you. We can only hope for him that he will be happy in a larger tank somewhere. He already tried to jump out of the tank at the pet store. They are keeping a close watch on him. My husband visited him recently. I will soon too. Happy New Year! 🎆🎊 Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 💕

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