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Thanks Everybody

June 19, 2007 @ 08:35

Thank you everyone for the kind words and wishes my family received over the past day or so.

On the phone, through e-mail and on the website, it was all very much appreciated.

It's absolutely amazing how the death of a dog can rip your heart out.

I realize there are probably people out there thinking "come on man, get over it, it was just a dog" and I can understand that. But at the same time, you have to live it to understand it and if you've lived it, you know it ain't easy.

I could go on for hours about what a fantastic dog Billie was but I won't. Everybody thinks their dog was the greatest dog on earth and that's what makes them so special.

They not only become part of your family, they become part of you and that's the way it was with Bill.

From the day we go her in August of 1996 she was with me virtually every day. Because of Billy, I always had company.

Doing a morning show meant I was home by 11:00 in the morning so it was just me and Bill till the kids got home. When each of my kids went off the college, it was the same thing, many hours of many days it was just me and Bill.

And over the past couple of years with my employment situation, Billy was the one constant. The kids were gone and my wife was at work so that left me talking to no one but the dog most of the time.

That will be the toughest part. Not having her around. Not having her follow me from room to room and not having her outside with me, following me wherever I went with here nose just inches from my calf.

But you know what they say; the day you get a dog you're setting yourself up for heartbreak just a few short years down the road. You know that going in, and you have to accept it going out.

Dogs are bloody amazing. From time to time everyone in your life might get pissed off at you for some thing on some level, but never your dog - with them, it's unconditional no matter how much of a jerk you can be.

I received many nice messages yesterday, including some poems, quotes and prayers and I thank you for all of it.

But the one that made me chuckle, was sent by Jim Richards of CFRB because it's so true. Here it is.

Richard Nixon once said about his dog Checkers "may I only be half the person my dog thinks I am "

The unconditional love is pretty amazing.
All the Best
Jim Richards

I hope to have the website back on track by tomorrow - I think by then I may actually care about what's going on in the world again.

Thanks everybody.

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136 Responses to "Thanks Everybody"

June 19, 2007 / 10:02

You're making me weepy. All dogs are pretty damn great. It's the unconditional love and how happy they are to see you each time. Even if you've just left the room for a minute there's that wagging tail and tongue.

June 19, 2007 / 10:27

As my dad would say suck it up and get on with your life
Get back to doing what you do best and in no time the pain will be easier to handle but the memories will still be there
In no time you will have a new Dog and be comparing it to Billie I know you can never replace her but you can fill that empty space

June 19, 2007 / 12:36

I'm thinking about ya Freddie, even if you did make me cry at work yesterday reading about Billie!!

Yes, I'm a huge suck!

June 19, 2007 / 13:24

Sorry to hear of your loss Freddie, I too was weepy after reading about Billie. My dog, Parker, is going through some rough times lately - they say he has laryngeal paralysis - which is a fancy term for he's having a hard time getting enough air in his little body. On top of that he has arthritis. He's 12 years old and has been my constant companion for 10 1/2 of those years. I fear that very soon I will have to make the same decision that you've just made about Billie. It must have been probably the toughest thing you've ever had to do. Mourn and grieve Freddie. We'll be here when you decide to care about the world again.

Sweet Pam
June 19, 2007 / 13:39

Won't someone give Freddie his radio dream job? It is sad to think of him sitting at home without Billie...

June 19, 2007 / 13:46

Hang in there ... wishing your family the best.

June 19, 2007 / 14:23

Freddie - if you've been through this before then you know the pain passes very quickly. All that remains are the happy memories of the best dog in the world. We know you were lucky to have Billie, but Billie was lucky to have you too.

June 19, 2007 / 14:48

Fred I was so sorry to hear about Billie when I opened up your site. I still remember holding my pal in my arms to calm her while the vet gave her the needle. I wouldn't wish that on anyone but as you have already said, you know the day is coming. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

June 19, 2007 / 15:41

folks it's only a dog not a child please
Freddie it time you sucked it up and moved on I realize that you had this dog for a long time and it was family
to you but please post something else aside from this sad puppy dog blogs
its getting very old
I am sure the star or mcguttless has done something to piss you off
please write about it

Ivar Hamilton
June 19, 2007 / 16:06

Fred and Family:
So Sorry to hear about your loss. Billie was a great animal. Take care and see you soon.


Mike from Lowville
June 19, 2007 / 17:17

Hey Jim? Take a flying leap! They'll let anybody in here. Geesh.

June 19, 2007 / 17:28

Freddie...sorry to hear of your loss. Nothing hurts more than the loss of not only a friend, but in my opinion, a family member.

June 19, 2007 / 19:18

Jim - you're a stupid prick - F-U. Have you ever cared about anyone this deeply? Doubt it you dickless wonder. How dare you shit on Freddie when he's down? Go stick your head back up your ass Jim - I hope something bad happens to you and that you get kicked when your down.

June 19, 2007 / 19:32


I know your pain, as hard as that may sound to believe. Time will heal the hurt and leave the great memories. Be so glad you had a wonderful life together and your love made him a loving family member.

Be well my friend,

June 19, 2007 / 19:51

Hey Jim

C'mon out of the basement. Your Mommy's calling you for dinner.

You asshole.

Andy Wilson
June 19, 2007 / 23:02

How is a story that is two day old reall all that "old"? I don't get that. Why do you visit the site? By the time you read what Fred writes about, it's a day old at the very least. It's not Taylor Parnaby reporting live from a Ground Hogs Hole in the ground. It's someones website giving his opinions on every day life. Paris Hilton thinks you need a reality check. Figure it out.

June 20, 2007 / 08:20

You are all so nasty and I feel deeply offended
Wah wah wah
I never said to stop grieving I just said get on with your life
If any of you have lost a loved one the first thing they tell you is to get on with life as soon as possible
Look at the Ladies who's husband was killed on the 400 on Monday She was on Oakley this morning speaking out on road racing She is still grieving but she is moving forward and that's what you need to do
For those of you that don't agree with me
Who cares?

June 20, 2007 / 10:41 are a real asshole.
I guess you have never loved
or been loved. They were a
family of five and now it is
four......thats how beautiful
and almost human Billie was.
To bad you arent half the man
Fred is, he is also grieving
for his wife and two adorable
children. They all know that
time heals, just give them a

June 20, 2007 / 11:08

I am so sorry for your loss. I still have the memory of her jumping off the dock and swimming around in the lake trying to catch the little motorized boat.
If I'm not mistaken, was she not abandoned by someone and you took her in. God Bless you for giving her such a wonderful life.

June 20, 2007 / 11:11

To Jim, you aren't an asshole Jim, as assholes are useful, you are a foreskin man, a useless foreskin!!!

June 20, 2007 / 12:49

that's funny Kit I didn't think you were useful

June 20, 2007 / 13:01

Kit I suppose next you will want them to lower the flags at City hall to half mass
I don't get it maybe I am
Just more stable then the rest of you
I do agree that this has been a big loss to the Patterson Family
It was just a dog not a child and sometimes if you just get on with your life it makes the healing process quicker
I have said it before I like Fred's works on this blog he speaks for the common person
Sometimes we don't all agree and that's when the name calling starts its like being in Grade 3
But that is the idea of this forum to share YOUR OPINION
I have not said anything negative about Fred nor have I said anything that I regret saying
I do believe that if I crossed the Line
Freddie would speak up as I don't think he needs any of you to stand up for him he has a voice and its one that I respect
I think you are all over reacting to this
I think I should give you all the same advice I gave to Freddie suck it up and get on with your lives

June 20, 2007 / 14:51

Ha Ha Jim, I see some softing here. I think you are one of these people who are tuff on the outside but a real softy on the inside. I get your message. It's just your phrasing that makes you sound so heartless.

Norman Goodman
June 20, 2007 / 20:36

Don't feed the trolls people...JIM is an illiterate prick who is looking for response. Unfortunately he also wants flags flown at half 'mass' and thinks a period is the weekend when he's doing the lawn 'cause the wife's gott sum bleading happening in her cootch.

June 20, 2007 / 20:53

Maybe Fred loss is the change it now brings.
once that was familiar, is now different.
it's the difference that now, makes us sad,
it's not until the difference becomes familiar
we can accept the change, and the sadness will be lifted

June 20, 2007 / 21:45

You are a fucking asshole, Jim and Norman, you are a disgusting prick...

June 21, 2007 / 08:26

she may have some bleeding
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and yes I do have a lawn to moaw probably not like yours
because mine doesn't need to shave her ass unlike your partner how how much do you pay for him

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Thought I'd look up what happened to your pup after the post for Jo... as you mentioned if you have gone through a dogs life from the start to the end, you understand. Nixon was right...

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