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Broken Hearts In Brampton

June 18, 2007 @ 06:47

This is surreal.

I can't believe that roughly one week after posting the FreddieP. short story about our beautiful dog Billie going to the vet for her annual check-up, I have to tell you that we had to put her down on Saturday.

In the space of four days, a common canine blood disease (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia) that attacks the red blood cells took hold of Bill and wouldn't let go.

She was probably harboring the disease for some time, but it exploded over the past week.

On Monday she seemed fine, on Tuesday she was a bit listless, on Wednesday night she collapsed and by Thursday the diagnosis was in.

Billie's red blood cell count was dropping like a rock and tests proved that she wasn't producing any new ones.

She spent Thursday night in an emergency hospital that confirmed the disease and we were told that in some cases the disease is treatable and the best place for that would be the small animal clinic at the University of Guelph.

We got Billie out there as fast as we could and after being told it was a 50/50 proposition; we decided to go ahead with treatment.

But after two blood transfusions and some heavy duty drugs, the people who loved Bill the most made the decision - we didn't want to put her through any more.

She'll be twelve in December and the best case scenario would have been a slow recovery but a lifetime of medication and constant blood tests.

When we went to visit Billie on Saturday her eyes told the story. There was no fight in her, her breathing was laboured and she couldn't stand up.

She was scared to death and as crazy as it sounds, she looked almost embarrassed or ashamed that she was in such a state. But that was Billie, she lived to please us.

It as a tough couple of hours, as we reviewed all the options and realized she'd be well into her 13th year by the time we could declare any type of normalcy in her life, and again, that was a best case scenario.

Even then, with her weak back-end chances are she'd have trouble getting up off the floor.

The University vets claimed that Bill would need at least another two or three days before they could clearly decide whether she would respond to treatment, but we couldn't do it to her.

We knew our girl and as hard as it was to accept, her time was up.

She was a great dog who had a great life with a family who didn't know how much they loved her until we carried her out to a courtyard at the hospital.

And beside a tree, in the cool shade, with all of us hugging and kissing her we said goodbye to the most wonderful dog on earth.

Goodbye and thank you.

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68 Responses to "Broken Hearts In Brampton"

Bruce Barker
June 18, 2007 / 06:50

My thoughts & prayers go out to you Freddie

It is very tough to do what you had to do.

All the best my brother

Christy DePass
June 18, 2007 / 07:58

I'm so very sorry for your loss Freddie. My husband and I were forced to put our girl, Tasha, down last July. My husband had had her for 16 years and it was hand down the most difficult decision either of us has ever had to make.
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jason Barr
June 18, 2007 / 08:25

My condolences Fred. I will remember Billie fondly. I will remember how the old girl put up with my slobbering goof of a dog when he fell in your pool and ran around. There's a great quote about why humans live longer than dogs. It was said by a four year old. Here it is:

"People are born so that they can learn how to live a good loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."


Andy Wilson
June 18, 2007 / 08:30

I'm so sorry to hear about Billie. My dog died last August. I don't know if I ever could have done what you did. She died of a heart attack. It was very difficult. Over time you will find it so enjoyable to brag to your friends about all the crazy things that Billie did that made her unique to you and your family. My thoughts are definately with you my friend.

Billy Boy
June 18, 2007 / 08:31

Sorry Freddie! Its like losing a family member. I have a 13 yr old Terrier and is not long for the world. You made the right decision for Billie.
Billie Boy

June 18, 2007 / 08:35

Sorry to hear about Billie

Pete McPhedran
June 18, 2007 / 08:56


I never met Billie, but she looks like a beauty. Remember her fondly.

Best regards,


Junie and Dickie
June 18, 2007 / 09:13

Broken hearts in Mississauga too...Papa and I have been
crying and upset all weekend.
I think Billie was the most
loved dog in our lifetime and
we have had a lot of dogs.
What made it worse was how
we knew our little Brampton
family was suffering so much.
She was so loveable and so
faithful.....she was everything you would want in
an animal...we will miss you
so much Bill

Fred Ball
June 18, 2007 / 09:26

Very sorry to hear Fred... It is a sad day.


Abu Hasan
June 18, 2007 / 09:30

So sorry about your loss Fred.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

June 18, 2007 / 09:38

Wish there was something better I could say than I'm so sorry.


June 18, 2007 / 09:44

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Pets are family-- I send cards to my inlaws on their birthdays from my cats.

Lots of prayers and thoughts for your family at this time.

June 18, 2007 / 09:46

I'm sure you've already begun seeing Billie's eyes in every dog you see on the street. You made the right decision, Freddie. So very sorry...

June 18, 2007 / 09:46

Freddie, I'm so sorry! It's always tough losing one of the family. Our family has had to put down several of our pets over the years because we just couldn't let them suffer a minute more then they had to.

June 18, 2007 / 09:51

Deepest sympathies Fred and family. Sad to think that the decision you have to make to end your best friend's suffering is the one that breaks your heart. Been there.

Sweet Pam
June 18, 2007 / 10:07

Fred, I don't suppose it's any consolation that we have all been through it with our own pets. My condolences go to your family, especially your kids, who grew up with her. Your lovely girl is happier now, and she isn't suffering...

June 18, 2007 / 10:42

I wish you and your family Peace, Love and Long Life

June 18, 2007 / 10:46

Brought a tear. :0( So sorry for your loss.

June 18, 2007 / 10:54

Deepest symapthies Freddie.

June 18, 2007 / 11:02

Some people find this maudlin and corny, but I guess I'm a softie, especially for dogs - it always brings a tear, but also reinforces the fact that you did the right thing, Fred.

A Dog's Prayer

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

June 18, 2007 / 11:04

Dear Freddie,
My condolences to you and your family. Billie brought a lot of joy to your life, and she'll always be remembered.

Big J
June 18, 2007 / 11:06

It's never easy, Ive been down this road twice before myself. Having a dog in the house for as long as I can remember. Never had one go so quick, Remember the "good times"
my deepest sympathies.
Take Care!

Jon in Buffalo
June 18, 2007 / 11:28

So sorry to hear about Billie, Fred.

I remember hearing you talk about her during those pet food commercials on the Mix, so I feel like I know her a little.

I know the loss of a dear pet. It's heart-breaking.

You did the right thing in trying to save her, but you also did the right thing in letting her go.

You'll see her again, my friend.


June 18, 2007 / 12:14


Having heard you talk about Billie for 12 years, I think we all felt like we knew her. The memories will survive. All the best to you and yours.


June 18, 2007 / 13:11

We are sad to see Billy leave you guy's. It seems like yesterday that she arrived as a bit of a lost soul at the trailer looking for the right family. I was so happy when you and your family decided to make the commitment to keep her as I knew she would have a great life. She will be sadly missed by all of us.

Much Love the Mallory's

June 18, 2007 / 13:23

So sorry to hear about Billie. I can tell how much you loved her. I have a little dog and love her with all of my heart and would never want to see her suffer. It was a hard decision to make, I'm sure, but it was the right one. Have fond memories of Billie.

June 18, 2007 / 13:23

So sorry to hear about Billie. I can tell how much you loved her. I have a little dog and love her with all of my heart and would never want to see her suffer. It was a hard decision to make, I'm sure, but it was the right one. Have fond memories of Billie.

Gene V
June 18, 2007 / 14:12

Fred, as the owner of a wonderful dog who loved unconditionally for 15 years, I share your pain and loss.

Brian Lamont
June 18, 2007 / 14:43

Fred; I know how much Billie meant to you and your family.From one dog guy to another,I feel your pain.

Mad Mal and Hobbes
June 18, 2007 / 15:10

From one dog owner to another, we are so sorry for your loss.

Mad Mal and Hobbes
June 18, 2007 / 15:10

From one dog owner to another, we are so sorry for your loss.

June 18, 2007 / 15:47

Safe journey, Billie.

Robbie B
June 18, 2007 / 16:30


I know how much you loved her. Sorry buddy boy.


Mike (Buffalo Boy)
June 18, 2007 / 17:25

Sorry About your loss Fred! I know how much a pet as close as Billie was can be to you and family.

June 18, 2007 / 17:29

Fred, I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved Billie. But she died knowing she was loved. I wish every pet could be that lucky to have been in a family like yours. Such a dear, sweet old girl, may she rest in peace.

Jim Lanigan
June 18, 2007 / 18:53

So So Sorry Fred

June 18, 2007 / 21:44

So very sorry for your loss.....she was one 'lucky puppy' to have had the good fortune of being part of a wonderful family who loved her and gave her such a great life...

June 18, 2007 / 21:44

Damn story worked its way the way most of the worst pet stories do...they get sick fast and leave little time to pick up the pieces. All the best to the family, Fred.

June 18, 2007 / 22:03

Fred, I am sorry for your loss. What a tough decision you and your family had to make.

June 18, 2007 / 22:37

Freddie, I'm so sorry to hear about Billie. I'm tearing up here.

June 18, 2007 / 23:08

My famil and I went through the same a few years back, and I know how tough it is.
I'm sorry!

June 18, 2007 / 23:32

To the Family Paterson,
I was all ready to vent about the provincial government promises, and other things on my way home north on your web site. But these things don't matter right now. What I do know you loved Billie, and Bille loved you. They do train use well. Life does suck from time to time, we just learn to move on and remember with love.

James Edgar
June 19, 2007 / 09:34

Fred my best wishes to You and your family .We recently had to put a cat down in simalar circumstances (I know cats are diferent but not always as much as some think) and we still miss her every day.

June 19, 2007 / 12:26

Freddie, no words can make it easier.

I still look back at old pictures of our lovable big fella Nabu that we had to put down a few years back because of tumours and bad hips. He still makes me smile when I think of how he "smiled" when he greeted people, and how his feet smelled like nacho's.

Enjoy the great times you and Billie shared!

June 19, 2007 / 14:13

Hey there Fred.. so sorry to hear about Billie. A few years back I had a Lab, who ended up having the same thing.. a real tough, and unknown disease. Me and my family spent litterally thousands of dollars, only for her to get even more sick. Ironically she died because of something else..If we had known, things could have been different. Its hard with animals, cuz they can't tell you whats going on, and they do get that embarrassed look to them when they're not well. You truly did the best and hardest thing to do..
My thoughts are with you and yours..

June 19, 2007 / 23:10

I've been thinking back to some of the "Billie" stories you shared with Humble on the radio. I'm truly sorry for your loss of such a good friend.

Donnie P.
June 21, 2007 / 00:19

Fred and Family:

I haven't checked in for a few days and now I'm in shock. We were just talking about this last month. Billie was one of the best dogs I have ever known and I feel your pain right now.
Rest in heaven, sweet Billie.

The Pattersons

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