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Yesterday morning, about this time Fred our much loved family member was at the vet for the last time.

At eighteen years & four months, the poor old guy was just plain wore out, and not well.


I prayed for strength for my wife Mary Lee, (Fred's Mom) and for myself,. but FRED was stronger than both of us.

He went peacefully, with style, serenity, and class, just as he had lived all his life.

I prayed over him as Mary Lee felt his last heartbeats, and then he was gone.

Our tears have not yet stopped flowing.


Our vet called Fred a "well loved, real pleaser", as she had cared for him, and had gotten to know him very well.

If she only knew...


When I retired, Mary Lee and I got married and I moved to western NY. Nine years and four months ago FRED was my first and only friend.

He took me on daily walks in all seasons at the Village Park a half block from our home. There he introduced me to good folks, and good dogs that lived close by.

We would go on rides often, that always were scouting trips, and no birds or animals escaped his eyes or nose. Mary Lee would take photos and FRED and I would go "a lookin'.


Whenever I came home from hunting, or butchering game, or in the kitchen cooking FRED always was by my side. Checking things out and making sure I was doing things correctly.

In the kitchen he loved the smell of fresh garlic when it was sauteing, and also the smell of organic Cinnamon when I made a pot of steel cut oats. He was my sous chef.


When we cam home from the Vet yesterday it was the first time since our marriage, that I ate a bowl of steel cut oatmeal without sharing it with FRED.

This morning I am bumping about like a lost man. No FRED to take me out when he needed to go, or to get me to prepare his and my meds for the day.

No FRED to be close by when I painted, or was messing about with decoys and any kind of outdoor gear.

He would always watch with interest when new hunting & fishing seasons began and ended. He would poke his head around and inspect my gear no matter where it was.


People might say that he was not a hunting dog because I did not take him, but he was very much so.

He had one weakness. Tim Bits from Tim Hortons, and on special occasions Mary Lee or I would get, and give him some. The folks working the drive thru window knew him.

The night before he passed I went and got a box (10) of Tim Bits. Broke them up so he could eat them, and he did all but two.


FRED was well loved and known around town by many. Mary Lee was known as FRED'S mom, and myself the old guy that FRED took for long walks.

He had style and class and made me look good where ever we went together.

It will be very strange for me to take a walk anywhere without FRED.


The void in our life at this time, is so vast we cannot see the other side, but it is there.

May God Help US.

We love and miss you very much FRED.

You were much more than a Good Dog, you were a Special Soul.


Love
Vince & Mary Lee













"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Re: FRED my best friend In reply to
Vince

So sorry to hear you lost such a wonderful companion. He was a good looking one too. Take care my friend.

Eric
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Vince,

Sorry for your loss. Very nice tribute for a much loved companion.

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Eric & Dave

Thank you for your kind and caring words, they are much appreciated.


Best regards
Vince & Mary Lee











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Re: FRED my best friend In reply to
Vince : What a nice tribute to your buddy Fred. I've been there and I know it's hard. Take solace in knowing that Fred had a long, happy, loving life; yet no matter how many years they share with us, it still seems all too short. Field/Stream writer Gene Hill once wrote " We never really own a dog as much as they own us". Condolences to you and Mary Lee.


Ken Zaborski
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Ken,

Thank you so very much.

It is indeed very hard. The longer they are part of the family, the more difficult it is letting them go.

Gene Hill was correct...


Best regards
Vince & Mary Lee











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Vince,

I am so sorry to hear about Fred. He looked like a fun friend to have around. It is said that time heals all wounds...well it does suck until you get to that point that you're so-called "healed" but the best you can do is remember the good times and enjoy the pictures you have of Fred.

My thoughts are with you.

Dani
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Touching tribute Vince, my best to you and Mary Lee. We should all have at least one Fred in our lives, by the way, I love his name. I had a German Sheppard named Alice, that was very much a Fred.

Take care, Troy
"Pass the Tradition Along"
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Dani,

Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words.

Fred's passing is gonna take awhile to heal. The good times, and lots of photos will help.


This Red bandana was Fred's favorite.

Whenever we took it off of him, he could not wait to have it back on.


We very much admire Andrew Wyeth's work, and Mary Lee bought this print years ago.

This is where Fred's Red bandana will be kept from now on.

Best regards
Vince & Mary Lee

















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Troy,

Thank you so very much.

Your words ring true...


Fred was the most intelligent dog I have ever had the pleasure to be around.

Mary Lee put her heart and soul into bringing out the best in him. She did, and vice versa.


Much of my cooking is done with cast iron, skillets, dutch oven, etc.

Whenever I was getting them out to use, FRED was very happy I was "rattling them pots & pans".


Alice is a fine name for a Best Friend/family member, and I'm betting she was every bit a FRED.

It is good that we each had "one in our lives".



Best regards
Vince & Mary Lee











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920