This wistful little guy is Fred: The Town Dog. He's no longer with us physically, but the memory of Fred lives on in the tiny town of Rockford, Ala.
Fred's story starts in 1993, when he walked into Rockford as a dirty and disheveled dog. The townspeople nursed him back to health, cleaned and adopted him and he becoming known as “Fred” – the town dog. Fred was a beloved member of the community for many years before passing away on December 23, 2002, but not before befriending many of the townspeople.
Now, a documentary is being made to tell the story about a struggling small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole. Fred is currently in pre-production and shooting is planned to take place in October of 2012.
This story reminds us a bit about the legend of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who helped unite his 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland hometown after becoming an orphan when his owner died. We'd love to see Fred's story come to life in much the same way, but first the filmmakers are looking to reach their fundraising goal.
Director Ava Lowrey, a current student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and native of the nearby town of Alexander City, Ala., has set up an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to cover the film's expenses.
Learn more about the project and how to contribute on the Indiegogo campaign site.