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4 Dog Mother
12-15-2010, 10:05 AM
I am starting a new post because Phred has taken a REAL turn for the worst. He needs all the prayers he can get. He is on a ventilator, and has been given some heart medication and needs a blood transfusion. The blood transfusion may help turn things around but right now things are not good at all. His social worker just called me - Pat and Joan are there and will be there for the time being. He has a Living Will and doesn't want much extra done to continue to live if he can't breathe etc. on his own.

Some of you thought I went last Friday to get the dogs - I must have written it wrong in that post - it is this Friday I am suppose to go but now I am wondering if I should try to get there sooner. The problem is my job, Carl's job etc. We'll have to see if I can make arrangements to go sooner - but right now I'll just be waiting by the phone to see how things go.

PLEASE PRAY HARD FOR OUR PHRED!!!

chocolatepuppy
12-15-2010, 10:21 AM
Many prayers headed Phreds way. I hope he gets better. :(

MoonandBean
12-15-2010, 10:25 AM
Just said my prayers for Phred. :love:

Freckles
12-15-2010, 10:29 AM
Continuous prayers for Phred.

shais_mom
12-15-2010, 10:43 AM
Thanks for calling me - keep me posted.

Cincy'sMom
12-15-2010, 10:48 AM
Praying hard for Phred

Grace
12-15-2010, 10:53 AM
More prayers headed his way.

Husky_mom
12-15-2010, 10:59 AM
Hang in there buddy!!

keeping you on our thoughts... please stay strong

pomtzu
12-15-2010, 11:01 AM
I was saddened to read of this turn of events. Praying now that Phred can make another turn - this one for the better. Hang in there Phred. You have a lot of folks pulling for you.

sasvermont
12-15-2010, 11:01 AM
Gosh, I surely hope Phred repairs quickly. This is breaking too many hearts. :love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::l ove::love::love:



Get Well Phred

PLEASE

Grace
12-15-2010, 11:06 AM
Diana - did they say whether he is responsive?

Felicia's Mom
12-15-2010, 11:13 AM
Praying hard for Phred.:love:

Cincy'sMom
12-15-2010, 11:21 AM
Diana - did they say whether he is responsive?

When I talked to my mom, she said she had asked if he recognized people. The social worker said not real well, although when she called him Phred, and mentioned Pet Talk his eyes did seem to light up.

jenn_librarian
12-15-2010, 11:21 AM
Poor Phred, this breaks my heart. I hope that he will do better from the transfusion. So many thoughts and prayers going out for him.:love:

Grace
12-15-2010, 11:24 AM
When I talked to my mom, she said she had asked if he recognized people. The social worker said not real well, although when she called him Phred, and mentioned Pet Talk his eyes did seem to light up.

Thanks for the info. That he is not comatose is good - even though he's on a vent.

cassiesmom
12-15-2010, 11:25 AM
Praying hard for Phred

Same here

Edited to add this prayer I copied from another board:
Dear Jesus,
Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick,
we turn to You in this time of illness.
O dearest Comforter of the Troubled,
alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love,
and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden.
Dear God,
we place our worries in Your hands.
We ask that You restore Your servant to health again.
Above all,
grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will
and know that whatsoever You do,
You do for the love of us.

Amen.

Karen
12-15-2010, 11:26 AM
Prayers for Phred being said!

Randi
12-15-2010, 11:28 AM
It saddens me so to hear Phred is going though this. :( I really hope the blood transfusion will help.

Please Phred, get better! We all need you here on this old dirt ball!

Sending lots of love :love: :love: :love: and (((((hugs)))))

krazyaboutkatz
12-15-2010, 11:32 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this.:( I too hope that the blood transfusion will help him recover. Lots more prayers and positive thoughts are being sent his way.

moosmom
12-15-2010, 11:41 AM
Thoughts and prayers for Phred. Come on, buddy! We need you and your crew here!!!

lizbud
12-15-2010, 11:49 AM
This is just so sad & scary.:( I do hope God has plans on letting Phred
stay around a lot longer.I'm sure his pups miss him and I know we all
miss his wit & humor on PT. Prayers that what they are doing now wil make
all the difference and bring him back to good health.

gini
12-15-2010, 11:50 AM
Phred has been a blessed gift to all of us.............we have been so fortunate..................

Dear God, please help our special friend............as he has helped all of us so many times.

luvofallhorses
12-15-2010, 11:52 AM
:( Good thoughts and prayers for Phred.

CountryWolf07
12-15-2010, 12:07 PM
Oh no, Poor Phred, this breaks my heart. Praying for him!

Karen
12-15-2010, 12:16 PM
I am a blood donor, and hope others will consider donating in Phred's honor next time they get a chance! It really can save lives.

Still praying for you, dude!

Pinot's Mom
12-15-2010, 12:19 PM
Prayers and purrayers for Phred! Hang in there!

Freedom
12-15-2010, 12:35 PM
Phred has been a blessed gift to all of us.............we have been so fortunate..................

Dear God, please help our special friend............as he has helped all of us so many times.

This is lovely and so true. Praying here for our Phred.

Scooter's Mom
12-15-2010, 12:35 PM
Prayers going out for Phred! Hope the transfusion does the trick.

lbaker
12-15-2010, 12:51 PM
My extreme LES has kept me from responding earlier. I can't seem to type with a wet keyboard. My family are all blood donors and just made plans for another "gift of life" through our local Red Cross. I just wish I had gone to visit a few weeks ago as I had first planned. Now its wait, wait wait and that is so very hard to do. Keep strong Phred. Use the strength and love we all wish you.

Laurie

Cataholic
12-15-2010, 12:54 PM
Prayers for Phred! This is just so sad. :(

lvpets2002
12-15-2010, 12:57 PM
:( Oh no I am so sorry to be reading this.. Sending Lots of Prayers & More Prayers..

4 Dog Mother
12-15-2010, 01:53 PM
I just wish I had gone to visit a few weeks ago as I had first planned. Now its wait, wait wait and that is so very hard to do. from lbaker

I can only say the same thing. I should not have waited until his friends needed me to come get the dogs. There was no real reason I couldn't have gone twice. The only thing I can say in my defense is I never thought it would come to this. And the case worker said the same thing. No one at the hospital expected this.

Prairie Purrs
12-15-2010, 01:56 PM
Sending Phred enough healing thoughts to fill a fire truck! Please, please get through this.

phesina
12-15-2010, 02:19 PM
Dearest Phred, prayers and healing energies and warm and loving thoughts are being sent your way from us.

:love::love::love::love::love::love:

Sonia59
12-15-2010, 02:55 PM
Good thoughts are sent!

4 Dog Mother
12-15-2010, 03:17 PM
I talked a little while ago to the case worker again - They have taken him off the venilator and he is going to hospice. The dogs can be with him there. I will be going tomorrow instead of Friday. I wish I could work tonight out but I am not sure I can. Sheila will be posting under my name the name of the Hospice place - he will be closer to his home. He was suppose to leave at 4:00 so here's another prayer going up that he makes it safely there.

Sheila put the phone up to Phred's ear and he knew I was talking to him. I told him you all were praying for him and I said I thought even Cinder and Smoke were. He couldn't talk but somehow he got out What Heidi's not? His sense of humor obviously is intact! I am praying for a miracle with the knowledge that this is proably not going to happen....

neko1
12-15-2010, 03:18 PM
please get well soon Phred!!

Shady
12-15-2010, 03:24 PM
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/dirtyboogie/prayer16.jpg

Fight Phred..please

Alysser
12-15-2010, 03:34 PM
I talked a little while ago to the case worker again - They have taken him off the venilator and he is going to hospice. The dogs can be with him there. I will be going tomorrow instead of Friday. I wish I could work tonight out but I am not sure I can. Sheila will be posting under my name the name of the Hospice place - he will be closer to his home. He was suppose to leave at 4:00 so here's another prayer going up that he makes it safely there.

Sheila put the phone up to Phred's ear and he knew I was talking to him. I told him you all were praying for him and I said I thought even Cinder and Smoke were. He couldn't talk but somehow he got out What Heidi's not? His sense of humor obviously is intact! I am praying for a miracle with the knowledge that this is proably not going to happen....

Oh god, I hope he gets better. :love: MANY many good thoughts going out to our Phred. (((hugs))) I'm hoping for a miracle.

Barbara
12-15-2010, 04:09 PM
Oh no! Just when we thought it would slowly get better.
Please Phred- pull through!

lizbud
12-15-2010, 04:18 PM
I can only say the same thing. I should not have waited until his friends needed me to come get the dogs. There was no real reason I couldn't have gone twice. The only thing I can say in my defense is I never thought it would come to this. And the case worker said the same thing. No one at the hospital expected this.


Absolutely NO defense needed here Diana. :) Thank you so much for keeping us all updated.

momoffuzzyfaces
12-15-2010, 04:20 PM
More prayers flying for our friend Phred from me. I'm going to go to our candle sight and light so many candles God will have to see them. :love:

4 Dog Mother
12-15-2010, 04:39 PM
Phred's neighbor and friend just called to tell me that Phred has passed. He died enroute to the Hospice Center. His sister lives in Maine and she will be the one making the decisions about the funeral. He wanted to be cremated and have some of the ashes brought up to the Findlay Dog Park. The friend that Phred's sister Nancy lives with is scheduled for surgery tomorrow so Joan is not sure what or when any service might be scheduled for. Several of my friends have had their family members buried and then several weeks or even months later had memorial services. I suggested this to Joan and she is going to pass it on to Nancy - with Christmas coming so quickly I am wondering if this wouldn't be best. I don't know - it is so unreal that it is hard to think what is best right now.

As information is passed on to me, I will pass it on to you.

momoffuzzyfaces
12-15-2010, 04:43 PM
I just can't believe our dear friend is gone.
Phred, now that you are being reunited with Boots and Bowser and all our Pet Talk babies, I hope you know how very much you mean to all of us left here on the ole dirt ball. Pet Talk will never be the same. :love::love::love:

Freedom
12-15-2010, 04:48 PM
Oh no. Phred, I know you had a wonderful reunion waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge! Did you see God come to meet you on a Silver Cloud?

The ole Dirt Ball is going to miss you, dear one.

Grace
12-15-2010, 04:49 PM
There are no words right now. He was so very special to all of us here - at times the glue that held us together.

Rest now, John. Peace be with you.

SadiesDad
12-15-2010, 04:54 PM
No one could say anything in these instances better than Phred, but I think that God is gettin lots of messages about takin "gud" care of our dear friend from this ole dirt ball. May he find peace, love and joy at the bridge.

Taz_Zoee
12-15-2010, 05:00 PM
I've typed several things and kept deleting them. I don't even know what to say. I will take comfort in the fact that he is no longer in pain and has been reunited with Bowser and Boots da Kat.
(I need to go find some tissue)

Moesha
12-15-2010, 05:00 PM
Pet Talk will never be the same. :love::love::love:

So very true. He certainly had a huge heart and really put his words into actions. As has been said many times about our pets that are no longer with us, they live on as we keep them in our memory. This will also be true of Phred. I'm grateful to have been a part of the community with him around and sorry for future members. He will continue to live in our actions as we try to honor him by continuing to show concern for our fellow Pet Talkers and pets and the world in general. May the happy memories and posts be a source of comfort for all of us and may we stick together and help each other through this difficult time. And may we all take comfort in knowing that dear Phred is not in any pain or suffering any longer. He will certainly be missed.

PS Don't forget to change those batteries in your smoke alarms regularly!

RobiLee
12-15-2010, 05:02 PM
I feel completely numb and I can't find any words. He did so much for me.

gini
12-15-2010, 05:02 PM
An incredibly unique and loving man is gone. All of us are so much better for having known him. His special God prayers will remain with us forever.

Just think - he must be up there helping God to run the show now.....and lightening some of God's load.

I would like to think that I could lift my hand towards heaven and Phred could touch it.

Rest now Phred, I am so sorry that you were so sick your last days.

You will never be forgotten.

Karen
12-15-2010, 05:08 PM
Rest in peace, dear sir. You will be missed, but forever part of the Pet Talk family.

Shady
12-15-2010, 05:12 PM
Godspeed Phred.

You can now work from above as God's right hand man, you will be missed dearly.

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Prairie Purrs
12-15-2010, 05:15 PM
It doesn't seem possible for Phred to be gone. How could a heart that big not go on beating forever?

Peace to you, Phred, on your journey. You will be so deeply missed.

slick
12-15-2010, 05:19 PM
Big time LES going on up here. I have not responded to any of the threads but Phred has always been in my prayers. I will miss the prayers from the Prayer Pups, although I'm sure Cinder and Smoke will keep the tradition going.

This is as tragic as our loss of Jonza. I guess the two of them are writing novels now......

RIP Phred. We are all better off for having known you. I hope you had your seat belt done up while flying that silver cloud express. You are missed and very much loved. :love::love::love:

Alysser
12-15-2010, 05:19 PM
Oh my god, this is so sad. Rest Easy, Phred. You were such an amazing, honorable person. :love: I am shocked. We know now that, he is happy though, up there with our PT dogs and cat angels.

cassiesmom
12-15-2010, 05:21 PM
This is such sad news. We will miss you, PHred.

DriftyAlison0
12-15-2010, 05:23 PM
http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=Phred

Just go to the search and the group's name is Phred.

jenn_librarian
12-15-2010, 05:25 PM
I'm just so sad to be reading this. He was such a wonderful man, helping everyone in any way he could.

Rest in peace, Phred. I hope that God came down on that silver cloud to get you.

RICHARD
12-15-2010, 05:29 PM
Phred,

I sent you a note a few days ago and hoped you would have had a chance to have read it.:(

You sir, were a man amongst men and our personal conduit to the Prayer Pups Line. Rest easy now and I know your next job will still be the "operator" of the PPL....on the Rainbow Bridge side.:)

Thanks for all the kindness and talent you put forth on Pet Talk.

You will be missed.:(

tatsxxx11
12-15-2010, 05:32 PM
Like Robin, I'm numb with sadness and the words are hard to type.:(:(:( In so many ways he was the soul of Pet Talk; the first one to jump in when someone's beloved furkid was ill, when someone, a complete stranger, was in need of a kind word, some support. Where would we have been without his direct line to the "big guy" upstairs? It was just a couple of months ago he took the lead, rallying to raise funds for Johnny Walker. The countless happy times, the funny times, the cherished memories of Phred and the furkids are just overwhelming me right now. and it's hard to believe he's actually gone; I, we all were hoping for a Christmas mircle. Like Gini, I'm so sad his last days on earth were so difficult for him, but now he's free of pain, and with his beloved Boots and Bowser once more. Remember when we all helped to name Cinder? I can't imagine Pet Talk without him; he and the furkids left indelible pawprints on all of our hearts, and he will be so dearly missed.:( As he used to say, God must have been in need of a very special angel to have taken him from us. We love you Phred, and we will never forget you.

lizbud
12-15-2010, 05:38 PM
LES :(:(:( I really hoped to hear of a reunion of Phred & his pups.:(

Godspeed John. Thank you for your kindness.

Edwina's Secretary
12-15-2010, 05:38 PM
Good-bye old friend.

captain
12-15-2010, 05:39 PM
Dearest Phred,
There are no words to describe the incredible loss I am feeling at your sudden passing. I never "met" you but I did "know" you ..... you were truly an amazing man. I know you did lots of things behind the scenes, and everyone who benefited from your kindness will surely be grieving your passing today.

I am sure Bowser was eagerly waiting at the gate, with his tail wagging in that circle - the way it always did.

The Fur-Pups will miss you terribly, but luckily they are going to another Doggie Mad house for awhile, so that should make the heart ache a little less.

God Speed Phred. You were one in a million
Michelle :(

moosmom
12-15-2010, 05:45 PM
My dearest Phred,

I am shocked and speechless.:eek::eek: I always expected you to sit up and tell the hospital staff you wanted to get the hell outta there, you had pets to feed and fires to fight.

We've had our differences over the years. But I've always admired your tenacity and wit, as well as your passion for the pets. All other things left unsaid, you were a true friend.

We will all meet up again, each and every PTer here...

One Fine Day:love::love:

wolf_Q
12-15-2010, 05:49 PM
Oh no, I'm in shock I honestly don't know what to say. :( Phred was such a great guy, Pet Talk will never be the same without him. He's been there for so many people on this board. If anyone needed anything, you could always count on him to be there; he even helped me with my wedding plans. He was typical Phred, kept bugging me to do stuff when I was slacking, I wasn't good at wedding planning - he kept me in line. ;) It touched me because I knew he genuinely was happy for me and cared how it all went. I've been telling Corby I wanted to go to Ohio next memorial day and honestly a big reason was to see him again since his health wasn't the best. :( Big time LES here. Good-bye Phred. :(

k9krazee
12-15-2010, 05:49 PM
OH PHRED!! :( I will really miss your huge hugs and kisses on the cheek. You were such a special man and I am so happy that I got to know you. You will be greatly missed good sir :( :love:

pomtzu
12-15-2010, 05:58 PM
I was never fortunate enough to know Phred, but I can tell from his postings over the years, that he was a fine and caring and compassionate man. Rest in peace Phred, and know that you will be missed by all of your friends, both near and far.

Lillycat
12-15-2010, 06:04 PM
.....he raised my spirits many times .....i am just so very sorry.......

chocolatepuppy
12-15-2010, 06:23 PM
Rest in Peace Phred. Pet Talk will never be the same without you. :(

catnapper
12-15-2010, 06:29 PM
I am truly most eeply sorry to hear this. He was a most beloved member here

zippy-kat
12-15-2010, 06:32 PM
I'm not sure there was a more compassionate and selfless person on this board. Please give Sara and Sophie and Bowser a kiss for me. We miss you deeply, buddy.

MoonandBean
12-15-2010, 06:33 PM
Like Sandra, I was just thinking of how Phred took the lead and helped us to help Jonny Walker. And the pup prayer he sent out is what I'm sure, helped Bean find his way home last Spring. RIP Phred...you were a great, kind, funny man.

Pembroke_Corgi
12-15-2010, 06:37 PM
This is such sad, sad news. :(

caseysmom
12-15-2010, 06:42 PM
RIP Phred, you were truly loved by many.

Scooter's Mom
12-15-2010, 06:57 PM
This is such a shock. Phred was always ... I don't know "bigger than life" from his messages.

Many prayers have been said and they will be continued.

zippy-kat
12-15-2010, 07:08 PM
I just realized/remembered that it was about this time 8 years ago that Phred's mom, Alice, passed away. (She passed 12/19/02.) I can't find the post but I remember her favorite song being, "His Eye is on the Sparrow."

Edit: Found it.
GranMom is wiffa Angels now... (http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?t=18789&highlight=sparrow)

Can you imagine the reunion? :):(

boomersooner
12-15-2010, 07:09 PM
I really didn't know him like many of you did, but I enjoyed reading his posts because he had such a wonderful sense of humor. It touches my heart that he touched the hearts of so many of you. Yes, he is being given a million kisses right now from his beloved Rainbow Bridge pets. Rest in peace....

CountryWolf07
12-15-2010, 07:14 PM
RIP Phred. You will be missed. I'll always remember you. :(

shais_mom
12-15-2010, 07:33 PM
I just had a thought that warms my heart.
Can you just IMAGINE the Rainbow Bridge right now? All PET TALK pets and many many others I'm sure rushed him when he arrived.

Cincy'sMom
12-15-2010, 07:34 PM
A line from the link Zippy-kat posted:

Membur ~ Don't be too sad - Dad keepz sayin GranMom iz in better place now. Finnerz werkin a lot better, feelin Young again, an wiff GranPaw...


I can only imagine Phred wouldbe saying the same thing to all of us. Don't be too sad...He is in a better place. Lungs, kidneys, heart feeling a lot better, feeling young again with his ma and pa and Bowser and Boots, Snoopy and Sherman, Binx, and Smokey and the other "kids" he shared his life with at home or through Pet Talk. Guess God need some more help this Christmas.

luvofallhorses
12-15-2010, 07:44 PM
Oh no.... :( :( RIP Phred. :(

BitsyNaceyDog
12-15-2010, 07:48 PM
I'm so very sad to hear this.
Rest peacefully, Phred, you will be greatly missed.

jenfer
12-15-2010, 07:54 PM
RIP, Phred. :(

Grace
12-15-2010, 08:01 PM
I just had a thought that warms my heart.
Can you just IMAGINE the Rainbow Bridge right now? All PET TALK pets and many many others I'm sure rushed him when he arrived.

Staci, you just made me laugh out loud. Thank you for the visual :love:

Queen of Poop
12-15-2010, 08:21 PM
I imagine the reunion at the Bridge today would be quite something to behold. I am so sad that he's left us. No one could write a posting like Phred. Dear sir you've been in my thoughts daily and I'm so sad that you're gone.

beeniesmom
12-15-2010, 08:21 PM
Awfully sad right now.

Pinot's Mom
12-15-2010, 08:40 PM
I am stunned. Phred, your voice on PT will be so greatly missed; the prayer pups line (I know-not spelled the same, please forgive) was an enormous comfort to so many, myself included, when they were so low. I will hold in my heart the vision of you at the Bridge with all the PT pets who, with their families you held dear in times of passing, as well as the PT members who have gone before us. Godspeed dear man; there is undoubtedly a special place held for you. Peace.:love:

Donnaj4962
12-15-2010, 08:46 PM
I am so sad to be reading of Phred's passing. RIP sweet man, and please give all of our PT RB loved ones who met you at the RB a hug and a kiss from each of us! You will be missed immensely.... more than words can say.

Godspeed Phred.

Catty1
12-15-2010, 08:48 PM
I haven't been able to get online til now - and omg. :(

I'm glad you are at peace, Phred. Thanks for the butt-kicks, your huge heart, and just being you 150%.:love:

Condolences to your sister.

captain
12-15-2010, 08:52 PM
A line from the link Zippy-kat posted:

Membur ~ Don't be too sad - Dad keepz sayin GranMom iz in better place now. Finnerz werkin a lot better, feelin Young again, an wiff GranPaw...


I can only imagine Phred wouldbe saying the same thing to all of us. Don't be too sad...He is in a better place. Lungs, kidneys, heart feeling a lot better, feeling young again with his ma and pa and Bowser and Boots, Snoopy and Sherman, Binx, and Smokey and the other "kids" he shared his life with at home or through Pet Talk. Guess God need some more help this Christmas.

Yep .....

Craftlady
12-15-2010, 08:59 PM
So sad indeed. May it be a comfort to know he is pain free and with our Lord.

Husky_mom
12-15-2010, 09:00 PM
I´m simply speechless.. and in complete shock..

I can´t even express my feelings right now.. I never "met" him but soooo wish I had..

he always had the right words for everyone.. and always there to offer his support.. he will be deeply missed..

I just can´t believe this year´s turn of events.. such a sad last months.. :(

I bet he reunited with Corinna.. and for sure.. for sure.. he went up to my hubs and introduced himself.. I know he did.. ((hugs)).. we´ll miss you

mrspunkysmom
12-15-2010, 09:05 PM
I didn't know Phred, but I am so sorry to hear about his passing.

cyber-sibes
12-15-2010, 09:18 PM
I just saw this on fb, and came right over. Major LES, we've lost a very special dear man, he was truly one of a kind. He did so much for everyone. I will miss his calls every time he sees we've have a minor catastrophe over here.

I just had a thought that warms my heart.
Can you just IMAGINE the Rainbow Bridge right now? All PET TALK pets and many many others I'm sure rushed him when he arrived.
Staci, what a great thought! oh my gosh, it must have been a mob scene when he arrived - kind of like at the gate of the Findlay Dog Park at picnics! and just think - they are ALL happy & healthy! Peanut butter biscuits for all!

Cookiebaker
12-15-2010, 09:28 PM
I'm not very good with words in situations like this....but I wanted to come and pay some last respects to a kind, caring and compassionate man. Phred was one of the very first people that drew me into pettalk. I remember stalking his threads with amusement. He always cared about other people and always looked to show that in practical ways. My heart is aching tonight....life is so short. Rest in peace, Phred!

Bengalz
12-15-2010, 09:39 PM
Godspeed Dear Phred.

Your have left a legacy for all of us - your kindness, compassion, generosity, a wonderful sense of humour and an intuitive instinct for all things furry as well as a natural sense of how to help us in our most vulnerable moments. You were a precious friend to so many and will be dearly missed.

There must be an amazing gathering up there at the RB tonight full of tears and the biggest smiles. Enjoy dear man - you have earned your wings :love:

Big, big hugs and snuggles to Cinder, Smokey and Heidi :love:

Fett
12-15-2010, 09:40 PM
RIP Phred. He was one of the very first PTers I'd met, and has always been the backbone of the Findlay events I'd gone to. He called me when I was in the hospital 6 years ago having surgery a few times, he spoke kind words to me a little when Kim and I split up, and I will miss him a lot. :(

Marigold2
12-15-2010, 09:44 PM
Dearest Phred, I did not know you. However after reading all these posts I know a great deal about the type of man you were.
God Speed, may you be resting in Jesus's arms now.

K9soul
12-15-2010, 09:50 PM
There may not be tears in heaven, but there certainly are here on Earth tonight. Thank you for being you, Phred. You were a gift to countless lives. The world feels emptier tonight with the loss of your voice among us. :(

delidog
12-15-2010, 09:51 PM
I can not express how deeply saddened I am to hear of Phreds' (Jon) passing...He was such a Gentle,Kind Soul...I never met him..I spoke with him on the phone..I of course followed all The Adventures of Cinder,Smoke and Boots Da Kat....and who can forget The Great Rescue?? The story of Phred (Unselfishly) driving to West Virginia to rescue Zippys' beloved Bowser...and Keep him...Happy and Healthy till it was his time to go to The Bridge...
There was not a selfish bone in Phreds' body...His love for Animals and People was Larger Than Life...and That is How I Will Always Remember Phred.(Jon)
Along with His Beloved Cinder,Smoke..and R.B. Pets Bowser and Boots Da Kat

Rest in Peace Dearest Phred..

sasvermont
12-15-2010, 10:01 PM
Oh my. Many hearts are aching right now. I didn't know Phred that well. I know how much he meant to us and how he touched so many lives here at Pet Talk and beyond. He will be sorely missed. I am so sad that he didn't pull through. I guess he was tired and ready to go.

Rest in Peace dearest one. Rest easy. Enjoy your new home.

K9karen
12-15-2010, 10:09 PM
*Sniff* *Sniff* I think our tears could make a river.
Remember when he tried so hard to help get "Woody" (Jen L's dog) from Texas to Allentown and I volunteered to keep him for a few days? Well, I never told this story, but Phred and I kept calling the airport about Woody's arrival and, I, at least was told the flight was delayed. So, I took my time, just about to leave, when Phred called and said "What are you? An airhead?" Huh? Hey toots, sez I, whatdya mean? Turns out, Phred had much better "connections" than I and it turns out, little Woody was awaiting at the terminal for me!!

He was always my "Toots" and I was his goof.

I'm glad he's not suffering, truly, I am, as are we all, but I can't believe that John is never going to on PT anymore. I feel I lost a family member. I think I've printed out a lot of his posts. They were enthralling and hilarious.

Bye John, I'll love you forever.

Lilith Cherry
12-15-2010, 10:10 PM
Oh Phred, how we all will miss you! You were a marvellous loving person! Enjoy all the company to meet you at the bridge! You will always live in our hearts.

Laura's Babies
12-15-2010, 10:50 PM
I am sure Corinna was in line to meet and greet him when he arrived, she still has not been forgotten here and neither will Phred. They will have a lot to catch up on and she can show him where all the PT pets are so he can meet them all and get a wonderful welcome from them.

The last PM I had gotten from him he wanted to know if I still had that Get Well card I made him before when he was in the hospital that time he was so sick from all of us here, that he had lost his and wanted me to send it to him again. That card meant a lot ot him because it was from all of us here. I searched and searched and had to tell him I had deleted it off my own computer and off of my online storage.

Just all of you know, the little effort that was put into that card really meant a lot to him over the years since we did that. I hate that I wasn't up to doing one for him this time.

In a few days, maybe we should start a "Memories of Phred" thread for all of us to share stories and memories of him. Our own Pet Talk Tribute to him.

krazyaboutkatz
12-15-2010, 11:32 PM
This will always be a sad day for all of us at PT.:( Even though I never met Phred in person, I was able to talk to him at one of Gini's famous LA BBQ's. It was the year that he sent over the firemen.:) He was the most caring man and a huge part of PT.

Yes, I agree that PT will never be the same again.:( I'm just glad to have gotten to know him. Now he's at peace and I'm sure that all of the animals ran to greet him especially the dogs. RIP dear Phred/John.:( You'll always be missed but will never be forgotten. Some day we will meet. One fine day.

cyber-sibes
12-16-2010, 12:15 AM
In a few days, maybe we should start a "Memories of Phred" thread for all of us to share stories and memories of him. Our own Pet Talk Tribute to him.
that's a wonderful idea. after I heard, I went back & looked thru pics from the findlay picnics, he always had such a good time there. I would love to post some to a Memorial thread. I'll be watching the board for when it starts.

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 01:11 AM
Well, I was at work when I found out and while I really tried to keep it together (I did too considering I can cry at Hallmark commercials) its all coming loose now.
I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and wake me up.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Kev68
12-16-2010, 01:15 AM
Phred,
I will never forget all the wonderful things you have done here on PetTalk. You have touched a many of peoples hearts, and made things happen that only you could do. This goes back for my family and I to the old Lucky and Louie Story, To as recent as Jonny Walker. Its saddens me deeply that you were called home. I do understand God does things the we don't understand, such as taking you from here and bringing you home.
Everyone here has been touched by all the nice things you have done for PT. Phred you always knew what to do and how to go about it. Your journey in this life has come to an end BUT your new journey has just began. You sure will be missed here, but I will be looking forward to the day we meet again. Farewell my friend, our thoughts and Preyer's go out to you and your Faimly.

Lady's Human
12-16-2010, 02:05 AM
Rest in peace, John, and keep all the furkids at the bridge company.

Never met him in person, but had a few long chats on the phone. PT has lost a great man, but we're all better for knowing him.

Sonia59
12-16-2010, 02:35 AM
Oh no. I did not know him, but it's a shock anyway. Rest in peace Phred.

Barbara
12-16-2010, 03:17 AM
Dear Phred, heaven is now a better place with you there. But here on earth it is very sad.
Give Boots a hug from me and kiss Filou.:(

Kirsten
12-16-2010, 04:52 AM
OMG, I can't believe this! :( I'm so shocked I don't even know what to say right now.

R.I.P. dear Phred!

robinh
12-16-2010, 05:22 AM
Still can't seem to get my head around the fact that he's gone.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Phred, but followed all his posts sometimes with with laughter and sometimes with tears. He will be greatly missed by all. RIP Phred.

Robin

ChrisH
12-16-2010, 05:59 AM
Such a sad day, such a big loss.

Despite there being an ocean separating our abodes and never having met, nor indeed even spoken to each other, today I feel, as Karen does, that I have lost a family member.

Rest in Peace dearest Phred.

Randi
12-16-2010, 06:16 AM
I'm at a loss for words right now and feeling very sad. :( :( :( Phred was a pillar of PT and like family.

Rest in Peace, dear Phred! :love: You will be greatly missed.

Will write more later...

cloverfdx
12-16-2010, 06:26 AM
I too found out the news of Phreds passing on Facebook and came strait over :(. Rest easy Phred, you have touched so many lives world wide both human & animal :love:.

ramanth
12-16-2010, 06:31 AM
Can't post much right now..... at work.... can't see through tears... gotta go compose myself..... I'll miss you Phred..... :( :( :(

wombat2u2004
12-16-2010, 06:59 AM
Catchya up top Phred me old mate.
Thanks for the good times.
And thanks for the kicks in the butt I deserved.
Rest in peace cobber.
Wom

zippy-kat
12-16-2010, 07:23 AM
Does anyone remember the old (OLD!) thread about jobs in Pettalkville? I don't recall what Phred wanted -probably something in the line of fire (literally!). Don'tcha just know he's there doing it now?


Edit again:
What would your job be in Pettalkville? (http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?t=7504&page=17)




Maybe we should name our Petalkville Fire Station the Sammi Station.

We'll keep the Fire Engines all nice & polished ...
Dad sez he wants ta *drive*!
Cinder will make "siren noises"! :cool:

Have fun at Sammi Station, Phred. We know you'll keep the engines polished and looking their very best!

anna_66
12-16-2010, 07:25 AM
Thank you Staci for calling me last night and letting me know, sorry I broke down at the end.

My dear Phred,
I can barely write this through my tears.

I know that your finally out of pain, and for this I am truly glad. You've suffered for such a long time. I try and tell myself this every time I start to cry but the tears still come.

I know there are soooo many pets at the bridge who were so very happy to see you arrive. I'm sure they all welcomed you, and you in turn reached in your treat bag and rewarded them:)

I remember the last time I hugged you at the park and you told me it would probably be the last time you'd see me. I was hoping that it wouldn't be true, but alas...it was:(

This world will be a lot more empty without Phred the fireman.

RIP dear friend.

Cataholic
12-16-2010, 07:26 AM
I am just so sad. I can't ever find the words to express how much Phred meant to me. He helped me through two of the darkest periods of my life as well as the greatest joy. Never had an email or phone call with him that didn't leave me uplifted. In person meetings were the best. He held it all together for many of us, many times, his loving nature was a true testimony to his faith. He was a remarkable man, and a good friend. I will miss him so very much. Say hello to all of our pets and loved ones. Enjoy your reunion with your mom.

Medusa
12-16-2010, 07:50 AM
I had very little interaction w/Phred but what I did have was very encouraging and I came to know him through his posts and the testimonials of others. It's difficult to see someone suffer as Phred did towards the end and especially at this time of year b/c we want everyone to be filled w/joy and hope. Now, at least, he's at rest and is enjoying a wonderful reunion w/his critters and all those that he had helped down through the years. Phred, you will be missed around here but we are so glad that you are now at peace and can really and truly exhale. :love:

momoffuzzyfaces
12-16-2010, 08:02 AM
Our friend Phred and Cinder and Smokey:

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Anikaca77
12-16-2010, 08:55 AM
I'm so sad to see this post today.....my thoughts are with his family and everyone here who knew him.

Phred rest in peace.

Melissa

cyber-sibes
12-16-2010, 08:59 AM
I've been looking through my old pics from the times we spent with phred, then LES sets in again. What a special man... Im glad he's out of pain, the last time I talked to him in the hospital he sounded so, so bad. Hate to think of him feeling so miserable.

I posted about Phred on our blog today, he always comments there. I imagine he's still going to keep tabs on all of us, he just has a better view point from "up there."

Mom of fuzzyfaces - that is a wonderful photo of Phred, Cinder, & Smokey! Do you mind If I put it on my blog?

Rachel
12-16-2010, 09:10 AM
I can't express what I feel right now. The impact Phred had on those who have already written reflects what is in my heart. I hope that in some way we can get together to provide some assistance to those who will step up to take in the beings he cared about the most....his beloved critters.

phesina
12-16-2010, 09:12 AM
I am so sorry. Rest in peace, dear Phred.

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 09:53 AM
Thank you Staci for calling me last night and letting me know, sorry I broke down at the end.



No worries. I held it together until I got home then and now am drowning my keyboard.

prechrswife
12-16-2010, 09:54 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this...Rest in peace, Phred.:(

CountryWolf07
12-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Phred,
You always knew what to say, you offered the best advice about life, relationships, etc. I'll always remember you and I'm sad I have never had the chance to meet you, but I feel like I already have. Bless you, and godspeed. I'm sure Benny, Anna, and Rosie have greeted you along with so many of our loved RB pets!

shawsdanes
12-16-2010, 11:01 AM
Rest in peace Phred. You were loved by many. My dear baby boy Griffin, I am sure was at the bridge to greet you. You will be deeply missed.

wolf_Q
12-16-2010, 11:31 AM
I'm on here in tears again. :( At least we can all take comfort in knowing there's someone wonderful to take great care of our pets who have crossed over. I'm sure he's met Reggie and Smokey by now. I found my pics from my two trips to Findlay, it was bittersweet looking at them. There's some RB doggies too which I'm sure Phred is taking care of now. Miss ya Phred, you were one of a kind, wish I had the chance to see you one last time. :(

Prairie Purrs
12-16-2010, 11:46 AM
Is there any possibility of establishing some sort of memorial to Phred at the Findlay dog park? A bench or something, with a plaque? I'd surely contribute to that.

krazyaboutkatz
12-16-2010, 11:46 AM
I'm sitting here in tears again.:( Luckily I'm still at home. I feel like I've lost a member of my own family. He has touched so many peoples lives in such a positive way. The world was a better place with him in it. We have lost not only a wonderful member of PT but a beloved caring great man. I'm just so lucky to have known such a man.:)

krazyaboutkatz
12-16-2010, 11:47 AM
Is there any possibility of establishing some sort of memorial to Phred at the Findlay dog park? A bench or something, with a plaque? I'd surely contribute to that.

I think this is a wonderful idea.:)

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 11:52 AM
There already is a bench there from Pet Talk and I'm not to sure they would be keen on adding another one from us.
I've been toying with the idea donating some animal books in his honor at his local library.
I am confident we will do a memorial service of some kind over the Memorial Day weekend.

Catherinedana
12-16-2010, 11:56 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this news. Phred's presence will be felt here always. There is joy at the Rainbow Bridge today. . .the babies got one of their human angels back to be with them.. . :(

Cincy'sMom
12-16-2010, 12:06 PM
There already is a bench there from Pet Talk and I'm not to sure they would be keen on adding another one from us.
I've been toying with the idea donating some animal books in his honor at his local library.
I am confident we will do a memorial service of some kind over the Memorial Day weekend.

What about another plaque to affix to the current bench?

I having been thinking about the idea of Memorial Day since last night. Since it is only Decembr now, that might give people time to plan, save money and make the trip from further away. I'd love to see it be our biggest gathering ever, to get together and share our memories of a great friend.

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 12:10 PM
What about another plaque to affix to the current bench?

I having been thinking about the idea of Memorial Day since last night. Since it is only Decembr now, that might give people time to plan, save money and make the trip from further away. I'd love to see it be our biggest gathering ever, to get together and share our memories of a great friend.

I TOTALLY agree - My couch is already spoken for from NM. I think we should make this biggest one EVER!

momoffuzzyfaces
12-16-2010, 12:14 PM
I've been looking through my old pics from the times we spent with phred, then LES sets in again. What a special man... Im glad he's out of pain, the last time I talked to him in the hospital he sounded so, so bad. Hate to think of him feeling so miserable.

I posted about Phred on our blog today, he always comments there. I imagine he's still going to keep tabs on all of us, he just has a better view point from "up there."

Mom of fuzzyfaces - that is a wonderful photo of Phred, Cinder, & Smokey! Do you mind If I put it on my blog?

Phred sent me that years ago. I think he would be honored to have you use it. He does love his prayer pups!!! :love:

You can be sure he was engulfed by a sea of wagging tails, cold noses and kitty purrs the second he got to heaven.

wolf_Q
12-16-2010, 12:24 PM
I TOTALLY agree - My couch is already spoken for from NM. I think we should make this biggest one EVER!

If all goes as planned (and I've been telling him we're doing this for a while) I'll be dragging Corby and four dogs across the country for memorial day. I hope this will be the biggest one ever, I know he would be so happy to see that many PTers together in his honor.

popcornbird
12-16-2010, 01:10 PM
:( To God we belong, and to God we return. :(

I am in shock to hear this heartbreaking news. Phred has always been such a big part of pet talk. This site will never be the same.

His poor pets must be so sad. :( Anyone knows who will be caring for them?

wolflady
12-16-2010, 01:13 PM
I'm sitting here in tears again.:( Luckily I'm still at home. I feel like I've lost a member of my own family. He has touched so many peoples lives in such a positive way. The world was a better place with him in it. We have lost not only a wonderful member of PT but a beloved caring great man. I'm just so lucky to have known such a man.:)

I couldn't have said it better, Tracey! I too, found out about this from FB and came right over. I didn't get to meet John/Phred in person - but he was certainly a pillar of this community. I'll never forget the year of the firemen at the southern CA BBQ! :)
He always had something positive to say and prayers to give for those in need. Reading through all these posts brought tears to my eyes. He will certainly be missed.
Although I don't have a dog - I'm close enough to actually drive to Findley this year...hmmmm....

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 01:14 PM
:( To God we belong, and to God we return. :(

I am in shock to hear this heartbreaking news. Phred has always been such a big part of pet talk. This site will never be the same.

His poor pets must be so sad. :( Anyone knows who will be caring for them?

Diana - 5 dog mom and Carl are going up to get them thru the holiday. The rest kind of depends on Phred's sister's decision.

Grace
12-16-2010, 02:33 PM
I keep coming back to this thread. Hoping I'm just waking from a nightmare, and Phred is still with us :(

Cincy'sMom
12-16-2010, 03:15 PM
I keep coming back to this thread. Hoping I'm just waking from a nightmare, and Phred is still with us :(

I keep doing the same. I'm sure by tomorrow IT will have Pet talk blocked from our network. Most "social networking" sites are.

3Catcondo
12-16-2010, 04:03 PM
I did not know Phred but always saw his encouraging, caring posts and I am saddened to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and please let us know if his pups need anything. I will be happy and honored to contribute.

Amy

4 Dog Mother
12-16-2010, 04:06 PM
The mystery is solved. Phred's dogs will be come to live with us. His friends don't feel they can take them permanently. His sister will not be a part of the equation. I hope they will be ours the rest of their lives but that makes us a 7 dog family with 6 grandogs who often visit (although now that Christy lives in Findlay her 3 don't come as often). The important part of this is that not only do all the dogs need to get along on a day to day basis (which is quite different from a visiting basis) but the dogs have to get along with the grandkids. Can't have a biting dog here. Not too worried about Jasmine at almost 7 but that 4 year old Dominic has no fear of dogs and can pull some not so thought out tricks. Like jumping at them and screaming "boo!" Or just running pell-mell at them. Or getting down in their faces when they are eating. He is way too used to all the dogs in his life putting up with his shenanigans. Remember little boys aren't long for warnings and have a heck of an impulse factor going for them.

For the most part I think things will work out. Phred's dogs are around the age of 10 now and ours are getting older too which certainly mellows them out. I am a little concerned about the money - Carl and I both had are jobs eliminated over five years ago and with the ones we now have we are living on less than half of what we did then. Brian has left Christy and is not sending as much money as he should be so we find ourselves helping them out often. The day to day costs aren't so much of a worry but dog licenses are coming up and of course vetting fees. I think Phred gives the dogs heartworm medicine year round and I am sure he must use the flea meds in the summer. However, I can't see letting the Prayer Pups go to strangers so we may have to look into welfare for dogs (LOL). I am sure the neighbors and many others will think we are crazy (I certainly don't intend to tell my mother) but you got to do what you got to do.

Phred was always there for us and now we have to be there for his pets.

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 04:41 PM
omg. I just read the first sentence and thought it said they WON"T be coming at all. And my heart stopped.

shais_mom
12-16-2010, 04:45 PM
well I know this makes me happy that they will stay with PET TALKERS!
and I'm wondering instead of a plaque if Phred would rather the funds for something like that go to his dogs during their lifetime. I know if it were up to us PET TALKERS we would put a life size statue of him at the park but truth be told I really don't think he wanted a lot of fanfare. And knowing his dogs would be taken care of he would really REST IN PEACE! I know he'll be around checking on all of us.

Prairie Purrs
12-16-2010, 04:58 PM
I'd happily contribute to a Prayer Pups fund.

Karen
12-16-2010, 05:03 PM
For those who might have missed it, there's a Phred memories thread here. (http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?t=165007)

Cincy'sMom
12-16-2010, 05:09 PM
well I know this makes me happy that they will stay with PET TALKERS!
and I'm wondering instead of a plaque if Phred would rather the funds for something like that go to his dogs during their lifetime. I know if it were up to us PET TALKERS we would put a life size statue of him at the park but truth be told I really don't think he wanted a lot of fanfare. And knowing his dogs would be taken care of he would really REST IN PEACE! I know he'll be around checking on all of us.

I think we could do both...a little plastic plaque, like the one already on it a few screws and a cordless drill, and we should be able to attach it overselves overselves. I can check into have something made, but I don't think it would cost much.

finn's mom
12-16-2010, 05:11 PM
Oh my gosh. My heart is broken. I think it's a remarkable thing that a Pet Talk friend is giving his dogs a home. Rainbows really do show up after a hard rain.

Alysser
12-16-2010, 05:25 PM
I am glad to here Cinder and Smokey will go to live with you. I am hoping it works out for everyone easily. :love:

lizbud
12-16-2010, 05:33 PM
The mystery is solved. Phred's dogs will be come to live with us. His friends don't feel they can take them permanently. His sister will not be a part of the equation. I hope they will be ours the rest of their lives but that makes us a 7 dog family with 6 grandogs who often visit (although now that Christy lives in Findlay her 3 don't come as often). The important part of this is that not only do all the dogs need to get along on a day to day basis (which is quite different from a visiting basis) but the dogs have to get along with the grandkids. Can't have a biting dog here. Not too worried about Jasmine at almost 7 but that 4 year old Dominic has no fear of dogs and can pull some not so thought out tricks. Like jumping at them and screaming "boo!" Or just running pell-mell at them. Or getting down in their faces when they are eating. He is way too used to all the dogs in his life putting up with his shenanigans. Remember little boys aren't long for warnings and have a heck of an impulse factor going for them.

For the most part I think things will work out. Phred's dogs are around the age of 10 now and ours are getting older too which certainly mellows them out. I am a little concerned about the money - Carl and I both had are jobs eliminated over five years ago and with the ones we now have we are living on less than half of what we did then. Brian has left Christy and is not sending as much money as he should be so we find ourselves helping them out often. The day to day costs aren't so much of a worry but dog licenses are coming up and of course vetting fees. I think Phred gives the dogs heartworm medicine year round and I am sure he must use the flea meds in the summer. However, I can't see letting the Prayer Pups go to strangers so we may have to look into welfare for dogs (LOL). I am sure the neighbors and many others will think we are crazy (I certainly don't intend to tell my mother) but you got to do what you got to do.

Phred was always there for us and now we have to be there for his pets.



It makes me so happy to know that Phred's pups will not be separated
and will live with people & dogs that they are already familiar with.:):)
I will be more than happy to help with a "Prayer Pups Fund". Please PM
me your address where I can send a check. Gog Bless You Diana & Carl. :love:

It is slowly starting to sink in that Phred is really gone, but I am so glad
that he isn't suffering with every breath any more. The image someone offered
before of all the Pet Talk RB animals rushing to greet him at the
Bridge makes me smile. I know John would love that & I'm sure he has made
himself at home there already. We miss you John, but know you are surely
in a better place.:)

ramanth
12-16-2010, 06:05 PM
Bless you for taking in his pups. I hope it works out and that they all get along.

robinh
12-16-2010, 06:13 PM
Please PM me with the address to send something to help.

RedHedd
12-16-2010, 06:15 PM
I am SO sad to hear of Phred's passing. Am glad the pups will be going to a PTer. I can't type anymore through my tears.:(

tatsxxx11
12-16-2010, 07:12 PM
The mystery is solved. Phred's dogs will be come to live with us. His friends don't feel they can take them permanently. His sister will not be a part of the equation. I hope they will be ours the rest of their lives but that makes us a 7 dog family with 6 grandogs who often visit (although now that Christy lives in Findlay her 3 don't come as often). The important part of this is that not only do all the dogs need to get along on a day to day basis (which is quite different from a visiting basis) but the dogs have to get along with the grandkids. Can't have a biting dog here. Not too worried about Jasmine at almost 7 but that 4 year old Dominic has no fear of dogs and can pull some not so thought out tricks. Like jumping at them and screaming "boo!" Or just running pell-mell at them. Or getting down in their faces when they are eating. He is way too used to all the dogs in his life putting up with his shenanigans. Remember little boys aren't long for warnings and have a heck of an impulse factor going for them.

For the most part I think things will work out. Phred's dogs are around the age of 10 now and ours are getting older too which certainly mellows them out. I am a little concerned about the money - Carl and I both had are jobs eliminated over five years ago and with the ones we now have we are living on less than half of what we did then. Brian has left Christy and is not sending as much money as he should be so we find ourselves helping them out often. The day to day costs aren't so much of a worry but dog licenses are coming up and of course vetting fees. I think Phred gives the dogs heartworm medicine year round and I am sure he must use the flea meds in the summer. However, I can't see letting the Prayer Pups go to strangers so we may have to look into welfare for dogs (LOL). I am sure the neighbors and many others will think we are crazy (I certainly don't intend to tell my mother) but you got to do what you got to do.

Phred was always there for us and now we have to be there for his pets.


I think we just received a Christmas miracle!:love: I'm in tears, and for the first time in 24 hr., happy, slobbery tears, knowing that Phred's precious furkids will be loved and well cared for, all the days of their lives. I have no words to express my gratitude for your incredible act of kindness, truly in the Phred mode! And to think they will remain in the Pet Talk family is more than we might have ever hoped for! Our beloved Phred is surey looking down from heaven, smiling. I know I would be more than happy, honored, to contibue to their care on a monthly basis. One question..does your town have any limitations regarding the number of pups you're allowed, before you have to apply for a kennel license? Here it's 3! Thank you so much for all you're doing, for Phred, his kids, and all Pet Talkers!:love:

anna_66
12-16-2010, 07:42 PM
Amy I love the idea of having a plaque made, I'd contribute.

Diana, you and Carl are angels. I'm sure that Phred is looking down thanking you.
If they don't have their license yet please let me know and I'll send you the money for them...it's the least I can do. After all he helped with Roxey's surgery and this would give me a way to pay him back:)

cassiesmom
12-16-2010, 07:46 PM
I am a little concerned about the money...


When it is time for dog license fees or heartworm or flea medications, shoot up a flare and I will help. Are dog license fees required to be paid annually?

rg_girlca
12-16-2010, 07:57 PM
Even though I did not know Phred personally, I truely enjoyed reading his posts. He was always there whenever anyone or a dear pet needed help.
You were truely loved Phred and will be deeply missed. No, Pet Talk will definitely not be the same, that's for sure. I am also happy to hear that his beloved Cinder & Smoke will be with a PTer. I don't think Phred would have wanted it any other way. Look for the brightest star in the sky 4 Dog Mother and that is Phred smiling down on you for making his wish come true. Thank you and Bless you.
I can just imagine though what it was like when Phred joined up with Jonza and Corinna.

Rest in Peace dear Phred and my heart goes out to your family and friends.

Freedom
12-16-2010, 08:01 PM
When it is time for dog license fees or heartworm or flea medications, shoot up a flare and I will help. Are dog license fees required to be paid annually?

Yes, Elyse, we have to get dog license annually.


One question..does your town have any limitations regarding the number of pups you're allowed, before you have to apply for a kennel license? Here it's 3!

I was wondering about this, too. Here the law is 3 also. (Yes, I have 5 dogs here, I only get licenses for 3. )

I am also willing to contribute, let me know the mailing addy. And in future, too.

Cincy'sMom
12-16-2010, 08:05 PM
One question..does your town have any limitations regarding the number of pups you're allowed, before you have to apply for a kennel license? Here it's 3! Thank you so much for all you're doing, for Phred, his kids, and all Pet Talkers!:love:

I believe my parents looked into this before, when they had 6 and my sister's 3 were with them for over a year. They thought it may be cheaper to buy a kennel license then 9 tags. But if I recall there are no limits to the number of dogs you can have in Findlay.

4 Dog Mother
12-16-2010, 08:40 PM
You only have to have a kennel's license if you are breeding the dogs. As long as you are keeping the dogs as just pets, you don't have to get a kennel's license. Somebody told me once it would be cheaper to have one but I don't think that that was true in reality. Our town does not have a limit as far as number of dogs go but if the neighbors complain about the noise, smell (gotta clean up after all those dogs) or you are not taking care of them, they can take them away. We are outside of the city limits though so I am not sure that would apply to us anyway and I know the county does not have a limit.

Tubby & Peanut's Mom
12-16-2010, 09:19 PM
I'm in deep shock right now and can't believe Phred is actually gone. :(

Diana & Carl, you two are truly angels for keeping the prayer pups and Heidi in your family and the PT family. I know Phred is smiling down knowing his kids will be so well taken care of. Like someone said, if/when you need help, please send up the flare. Phred has done sooo much for sooo many people that the least we can all do is make sure his kids are taken care of for as long as they may need.

The picture that MOFF posted has our first motorhome in the background from one of the infamous Memorial Day gatherings - that Phred was so instrumental is setting up.

When Tubby died, Phred made a donation to Best Friends in Utah. We had the pleasure of visiting Best Friends this past summer. What a fantastic place for pets in need of a home & medical help. You can bet I will be making a donation in Phred's name real soon!

Yes, God must have needed a very special angel, but what are we all to do down here on "the 'ol dirt ball" without him? :(

Vermontcat
12-16-2010, 11:02 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that Phred is gone.:(
He has always been a special part of Pet Talk and he had done so much for so many people and pets that make up the Pet Talk family.
I'm glad that his dogs will be able to stay with a Pet Talk family.
I think that there should be some kind of memorial plaque or tree planted at the Findlay Dog Park to honor him.

cyber-sibes
12-16-2010, 11:54 PM
Wow, Diana & Carl, you guys are the best! Can't think of anywhere else Phred would rather have his pups stay now. :) Paws crossed it all works out with the kids, granddogs, & all.

wolf_Q
12-17-2010, 12:15 AM
I'm so happy to hear that the pups will be staying with Diana and Carl. You guys are saints. :love: I hope that everything will work out and they will be okay with all the other dogs and kids. Could you let us know where you buy dog food and such? I'm sure a lot of us would be willing to chip in to help you with food/other supplies for their care.

krazyaboutkatz
12-17-2010, 01:31 AM
I'm so glad to hear that Diana & Karl will be taking Phreds pups in.:) PT homes are the best.:) I too would be willing to donate towards their care.

captain
12-17-2010, 04:14 AM
Diana & Carl,
My offer still stands ......... you just holler, OK??

Truly a wonderful thing you are doing ..... you are absolutely amazing people ...

Randi
12-17-2010, 07:01 AM
Dear Phred,

I am so sorry you had to go so soon and that you suffered in your last time here on Earth, but now you are at peace and getting reunited with Boots, Bowser and all the other critters who left before you. I picture you and John (Jonza) sitting together sharing stories and having a good laugh and a few beers - and stroking all the cats and dogs, who surely are queing up around you. Down here we will miss you terribly!! PT will never be the same without you. You were here to lend a helping hand/paw to literally all members - and I will never forget what a comfort you were to me when John passed.

When I first joined PT, I soon came across your “gibberish” posts and could not understand half of it, but with a bit of concentration I quickly learned to enjoy what you had to say - to an extent where I was falling off the chair with laughter. That goes for John, too. He was quite proud of you calling him “his buddy”.

I am so glad we kept in touch over all these years and that I got to speak to you a couple of times on the phone, but this last last time, my heart sank. I could hear how bad you were feeling and I knew you were ready to join the others at the RB. :( I will try to focus on the good times we had - I know that’s what you wanted.

Phred, you were a true friend... so caring, generous and helpful towards everyone on your path, and you had the best sense of humor. You will be deeply missed, but you will stay in my heart forever and never be forgotten. :love:

Now rest easy, Phred and get ready for your big job at the RB... what lucky critters up there.



I am so relieved learning that Cinder, Smoke and Heidi will be staying with a PTalker and I hope Phred knew that was going to happen. Thank you so much, Diana and Carl! :)

Freedom
12-17-2010, 07:55 AM
Somebody told me once it would be cheaper to have one but I don't think that that was true in reality.

Yeah, I'm not sure that would be true, either. Here, to have a kennel license, you also have to have kennel facilities: fenced in dog runs which are indoor and outdoor, and the indoor facility has to have drainage for washing it down.

Blessings to you Diana and Carl, for taking the 3 Amigos!

Daisy and Delilah
12-17-2010, 08:44 AM
I'm just seeing this. I'm speechless. The world has lost a wonderful wonderful wonderful man.
Rest in Peace Phred. It was such a pleasure to know you.:( :( :(

Felicia's Mom
12-17-2010, 09:37 AM
To be absent from the body
Is to be present with the Lord
The dust returns to earth
The spirit returns to God Who gave it

(2 Cor 5: 8, Eccl 12: 7)

Rest in Peace dear Phred; you will be missed.

Taz_Zoee
12-17-2010, 09:39 AM
I am so glad to hear that his dogs will be staying with a Pet Talk family. I would also be willing to help out with costs for their care.
It is just very strange to think that I won't see any posts from the prayer pups, or Phred helping someone out with the details most of us wouldn't even think of.
I was telling someone yesterday about Phred and couldn't help the tears that welled up in my eyes.

shais_mom
12-17-2010, 10:35 AM
I really like the idea of a plaque as well.
I have a feeling now that he is free of a hindering body he is soaring all over the world visiting all the PT people he never got to meet or hasn't seen in a long time.

lvpets2002
12-17-2010, 11:28 AM
:( I am so so sorry to read of Phred's Passing.. RIP Phred & may you be with Corinna now in Heaven & with all of our Beloved Pet Angels..

I so aggree with you Vermontcat.. Having LES now..


I'm so sorry to hear that Phred is gone.:(
He has always been a special part of Pet Talk and he had done so much for so many people and pets that make up the Pet Talk family.
I'm glad that his dogs will be able to stay with a Pet Talk family.
I think that there should be some kind of memorial plaque or tree planted at the Findlay Dog Park to honor him.

AdoreMyDogs
12-17-2010, 03:32 PM
Dearest Phred--
You were my friend. You were so darn funny. You were tough as nails, but as sweet as a cookie. You left this earth way too soon. God must have needed you and your delightful soul.

I will never forget you. Pet Talk will never be the same without you. The world will never be the same without you. I wish you didn't have to leave, but I'm glad you are at peace. You certainlly didn't deserve an ounce of pain. You were an earth angel and now you're God's angel.

Enjoy your wings, you dear, dear man. Please say hi to my dad, my grandma, and my dog Graham (who loved you and your endless dips into the cookie bag you wore around your waist).

With love forever,

Leslie

cyber-sibes
12-17-2010, 04:31 PM
I really like the idea of a plaque as well.
I have a feeling now that he is free of a hindering body he is soaring all over the world visiting all the PT people he never got to meet or hasn't seen in a long time.What a beautiful thought, Staci! I'll be listening for a tap on the window, a noise on the roof, or just a loving feeling in the air, and I'll know its Phred.

shais_mom
12-18-2010, 12:42 AM
This is floating around facebook and I just had to post it here.

God saw u getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around u and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched and we saw u pass away. Although we love u dearly, we could not make u stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove, he, only takes the BEST."

cyber-sibes
12-18-2010, 12:47 AM
This is floating around facebook and I just had to post it here.

God saw u getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around u and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched and we saw u pass away. Although we love u dearly, we could not make u stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove, he, only takes the BEST."
Amen! That's beautiful, Staci.

gini
12-18-2010, 12:48 AM
Staci, that is perfect for Phred - thank you for posting it.

redbird
12-18-2010, 11:54 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.

dukedogsmom
12-19-2010, 08:05 AM
I'm just now seeing this :( I can't believe he's gone. He was such a big part of Pet Talk and had a hearteven bigger than Texas. So very sad.

smokey the elder
12-19-2010, 09:03 AM
I'm so sorry to hear of Phred's passing. He really was a fixture of this place, with his Prayer Pups and moral support to all who needed it. I guess the LORD needed another storyteller in Heaven to spell Jonza.:love:

*LabLoverKEB*
12-19-2010, 02:17 PM
Heaven has gained an absolutely wonderful PT'er. Phred, oh there are just SO MANY wonderful things to say about him... I really like what Sandra posted, she definitely covered it all. He was the sweetest man, and we are sure going to miss him.

We love you, Phred.:(:love:

trayi52
12-20-2010, 07:25 AM
I posted on the memorial thread, but I wanted to post here too. I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was indeed a one of a kind man.

I am so glad to hear that Diane, and Carl are taking his pets into their homes, and that they are staying on Pet Talk. We will know at least how they are doing. I know they are getting a good home too! John would be so pleased to know where they are. I know he is watching from heavens gate, and smiling.

John, you are going to be missed by all of us here at Pet Talk, if you see Corrina up there, tell her I said hi, and I miss her. You were such a big part of Pet Talk, John, there will be an open space here for always.

Willie:(

*LabLoverKEB*
12-20-2010, 08:36 PM
Spent a good part of the day today thinking of John. And really wishing that I knew him better like so many of you do. Gosh, I am sure going to miss that sweet, kind-hearted man. :(

4 Dog Mother
12-20-2010, 10:22 PM
I wanted to let every one know that the Prayer Pups are home with us now. Carl and I went on Friday to get them from Phred's good friends and neighbors, Pat & Joan. It was a 3 1/2 hour trip but Joan had a delicious lunch waiting us. When we walked in the door, both Cinder and Smokey came up to us to be greeted. I think Joan was a little surprised that they remembered us. I am having trouble posting pictures but Smokey sat right down next to Carl and waited patiently for him to pet him. Joan had called us in the morning to let us know that we would only be bringing two dogs back - Heidi's original owners came and got her once they had heard Phred had passed. We obviously have mixed feelings about that. While being a little relieved that we had one less dog to add to our family of 4 fur kids, we were also disappointed because we knew that Phred loved Heidi too and the idea of having all of them had really grown on us.

Joan and Pat are wonderful people - obviously very good to Phred and his pups. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with them and telling Phred stories. Pat was a fireman with Phred but they were surprised to find a side of him they didn't know. Joan was shocked to hear that Phred had arranged firemen to visit Staci and friends when she was visiting in California. They didn't know about the "Prayer pups, clam juice or many of the other "Pet Talk" stories. In some papers Phred made out when he had the heart surgery in 2006, he said that the would not know much about this side of him - he "had never invited them to join because he didn't want them to know what a total FruitCake I was."

We didn't begin our trek home until about 4:30 or 5:00. It was kind of strange but I had a feeling that the dogs knew we had come to get them. The way they greeted us, the way Smokey attached himself to Carl, And the way Cinder got up with his front paws on my lap and into my face a couple of times. In fact, one time I thought they were telling us it was time to go. I have no doubt Phred had visited them and told them that we were going to be taking care of them and it was okay if they loved us too. They are such great riders. They laid down in the back seat and we did not hear a word from them.

When we arrived home, our crew was very happy to see us. They were a little uncertain about us bringing Cinder and Smokey with us. They were kind of liking the extra attention as our numbers were going down. But, (knock on wood) everything has gone wonderfully. No disagreements, no growls, no fights. It seems as though they have always been here.

Cinder and Smokey always slept with Phred and I was a little concerned about that as Dazzi and Taggert sleep with us now and a queen size bed doesn't really allow the room for more dogs to share our bed. Joan and Pat did not allow them to sleep with them so they haven't tried so far. The first night they slept in the family room on the couch. Tucker sleeps out there in a crate so they all seemed okay with that. The second night they started off in the family room again but when I got up in the morning, they were both sleeping in the hallway outside our bedroom door. Last night, Cinder slept next to Carl on the floor. Smokey moved to the living room. It is kind of interesting to watch them adjust.

We have been leaving Dazzi, Taggert, Smokey and Cinder loose in the house when we are gone and at night. That has been going wonderfully well too. I think our decision was the right one. They seem to fit right into our family! And we are very glad to have them with us!

Bengalz
12-20-2010, 10:39 PM
You are both amazing people - thank you for taking Cinder and Smoke into your lives. Those poor pups must be missing their Dad and to have two wonderful people who care about them come to 'take them home' is surely a big relief for them. I have no doubt they were ready to go:love: Having great new buddies to play with will help immensely. All your pups are so well loved and cared for - a natural transition. Phred must be beaming:D

Welcome home Cinder and Smoke:love:

4 Dog Mother
12-20-2010, 10:44 PM
Phred's funeral will be on Wednesday, December 29th at 11:00 am at the Methodist church in Berlin Center, Ohio. Right now his body is at the Love Funeral home. I just realized I have neither address but will get as soon as possible. He didn't want flowers so donating to Pet Talk, Angels for Animals in Canfield, Oh; Best Friends in Utah or another Animal Rescue Site or the Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Dept. (Staci has volunteered to deliver that in person if you send her your donation!)

He is going to be cremated and his wishes were that his ashes be divided in 3 - one to go to where his stone is, one to go to the Findlay Dog Park and one to go to my son's tree that Pet Talk donated when he died. They will be buried under one of the trees in the Park near to where Binx's bench sits.

I've thought about this and prayed about this and I have decided that I will take donations for the dogs care since several have volunteered. Carl and I have had changes in jobs over the last five years and we are not doing as well financially as we once were. It takes a lot of money to care for six dogs - Heartworm pills, shots, licenses but most of all unseen vet bills. We have had to pay out a lot in vet bills with Snoopy and Jack's illnesses. I feel I can't add that stress to Carl at this time. Any money you donate will go in a checking account for the care of Cinder and Smokey - not my dogs. As I said it will be used to buy the things they need now and for any vet needs in the future. They are 10 and 11 years old - hopefully as they age they will remain healthy but we can't count on that. Cinder is taking meds for a thyrod problem but I do not know how much that costs cause she has enough for now. If you pm me, I will tell you where to send the money.

*LabLoverKEB*
12-20-2010, 10:49 PM
Wow, you and Carl are angels! I know Phred is looking down, smiling, and is so thankful that you two have welcomed Cinder and Smokey into your family. God Bless you both!:love::love:

Nomilynn
12-21-2010, 12:10 AM
I was never close with Phred. I know that when Bassett was sick, he contributed but I never knew how much or what part he played in that. I know that he wanted to help, and did whatever he could to do that.

I would like to contribute. I don't have much, but whatever I can afford, I would like to send for the dogs care. I will send you a PM.

RIP, Phred. Play hard with our pets, and keep them company until we all meet again.

cyber-sibes
12-21-2010, 12:30 AM
Bless you both, Diana & Carl, I'm really happy the pups are fitting in. You know Phred is up there beaming that his beloved Smokey & Cinder are with you. I'll say a little prayer for Heidi, too, that everything works out for her.

dukedogsmom
12-21-2010, 03:07 AM
Phred's funeral will be on Wednesday, December 29th at 11:00 am at the Methodist church in Berlin Center, Ohio. Right now his body is at the Love Funeral home. I just realized I have neither address but will get as soon as possible. He didn't want flowers so donating to Pet Talk, Angels for Animals in Canfield, Oh; Best Friends in Utah or another Animal Rescue Site or the Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Dept. (Staci has volunteered to deliver that in person if you send her your donation!)

He is going to be cremated and his wishes were that his ashes be divided in 3 - one to go to where his stone is, one to go to the Findlay Dog Park and one to go to my son's tree that Pet Talk donated when he died. They will be buried under one of the trees in the Park near to where Binx's bench sits.

I've thought about this and prayed about this and I have decided that I will take donations for the dogs care since several have volunteered. Carl and I have had changes in jobs over the last five years and we are not doing as well financially as we once were. It takes a lot of money to care for six dogs - Heartworm pills, shots, licenses but most of all unseen vet bills. We have had to pay out a lot in vet bills with Snoopy and Jack's illnesses. I feel I can't add that stress to Carl at this time. Any money you donate will go in a checking account for the care of Cinder and Smokey - not my dogs. As I said it will be used to buy the things they need now and for any vet needs in the future. They are 10 and 11 years old - hopefully as they age they will remain healthy but we can't count on that. Cinder is taking meds for a thyrod problem but I do not know how much that costs cause she has enough for now. If you pm me, I will tell you where to send the money.
How appropriate is that funeral home name? Both for John and you both. Bless you. I'll try to send you some money. If you have Paypal, that would be a big plus. Got leaky eyes reading the updates. I'm glad all the dogs are adjusting well. May you all be blessed this Christmas.

ChrisH
12-21-2010, 06:50 AM
Can't write much, typing through tears. Once again bless you Diana & Carl, it's so good to know the pups are with you and settling in fine so far.

Laura's Babies
12-21-2010, 08:57 AM
As long as you have Cinder & Smoke you will always have a piece of Phred with you. You know he will be checking in on them from time to time. Were you able to bring something from Phreds home that they would have for themselves? A favorite blanket, bedspread, pillow or anything with the "home" smell on it? Something to remind them of their "Dad"? One of his caps that he wore would be perfect if there is anyone who could send it to you..

God Bless you for taking them in as your own. That is all any of us can hope for if we suddenly have to leave our furry companions behind. Someone who could take then in and love them the way we did, remembering how much they meant to us.

As long as I have Boo, I know I have a piece of Mama with me. I know how much Mama loved her and the joy she brought Mama. I love Boo for that and how happy she made Mama and want her to have the best life possible until her time to go join Mama. When her time comes, I want to take her ashes to put with Mama.

4 Dog Mother
12-21-2010, 09:48 AM
Here are some pictures from Friday - The first one is Cinder, the second Pat and the third, Joan.

anna_66
12-21-2010, 09:49 AM
Diana I can't write much since I'm off to work and don't want to cry too much. So I just wanted to say thank you once again:love:

cyber-sibes
12-21-2010, 10:08 AM
Oh those sad puppy eyes of Cinder's made me cry again. :( Please pass along some ((((hugs))) to Phred's pups. Phred, we miss you!!!!!!

Barbara
12-21-2010, 10:25 AM
In these sad times it is good to hear that Cinder and Smokey are with you and happy to share their home with your doggies.
Thankyou so much- it is a big relief.
I remember how much it impressed me when Phred was going to take Bowser in who was alone after his dad passed. Now it is his dogs who have a home thanks to Pet Talk.

Cataholic
12-21-2010, 10:34 AM
Diana- I would like to attend the funeral. Are you going to go? Anyone else? Also, will there be a dedication and burying of the ashes at Findlay this spring? To whom will the ashes be entrusted?

Johanna

shais_mom
12-21-2010, 10:43 AM
Diana- I would like to attend the funeral. Are you going to go? Anyone else? Also, will there be a dedication and burying of the ashes at Findlay this spring? To whom will the ashes be entrusted?

Johanna

I can answer that Jo.
Yes, we are going to the funeral as long as the weather cooperates. As long as we do get to go I'm going to ATTEMPT to record the funeral on my camera to upload. I might be a crying mess so I can't make any promises. Last I talked to Diana the funeral was @ 11am on Wed the 29th.
We are going to do a Memorial of some kind over memorial Day weekend. We are going to try to make it the biggest yet. I believe Diana is going to keep the ashes until then.

Cataholic
12-21-2010, 10:45 AM
Thanks, Staci. I will see you there. :(

gini
12-21-2010, 10:52 AM
I think I speak for everyone on Pet Talk when I say how incredibly wonderful it is of you and Carl to take in Cinder and Smokey. I too, feel that Phred must have had a talk with them and explained that they would be living with you now and to be good dogs.

It is so comforting to know that they are alright and well loved because they represent all that we loved about Phred and the prayers that he offered for us in their names.

This thread just gives me leaky eyes, I cannot type any more.

mruffruff
12-21-2010, 10:52 AM
I'm at a loss for words.

I'm grateful that I got a chance to meet him in person. He really was a great man. But everyone on PT knows that.

Thank you, Diana, for taking in the prayer pups. Phred would be pleased.

We will all miss his stories and generosity. We could never give him as much as he gave us.

Rest easy, Phred. Enjoy the furry friends and keep in touch!

luckies4me
12-21-2010, 10:59 AM
I can't believe this. :( Phred is really gone. :( I just got done reading through all the posts and it's still very hard to believe. I am in tears. Pet Talk will never be the same without him here.

momoffuzzyfaces
12-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I'm all awash in tears right now too. I'm so glad Cinder and Smoke will be with you in time for Christmas. I'm sure Phred pops in to chat with them from time to time. I will be keeping you all in my prayers as you adjust to being a new family together. :love::love:

trisha0503
12-21-2010, 01:25 PM
A lot of people don’t know me. Though I haven’t been posting, I’ve been reading all the postings and is up to date with what’s happening with Pet Talk.

When I read about Phred’s sickness, I shed tears.. He’s a pillar of Pet Talk.. He has helped so many people and often so amazed with his kindness… I can’t imagine this community without him…

When I learned about his passing, gosh, I cried so much… Like losing my own family… I can’t seem to understand how can I be so affected by someone I haven’t even met.. He probably doesn’t even know me… And somehow, I heard a whisper in my ear… You don’t need a name to be affected by people’s kindness and compassion.. The outpouring love from everyone in this community is so overwhelming… I am so proud to be a part of this community…

Dear Phred,

I know you are looking down at us and giving each and everyone a big hug… You are probably busy distributing biskits, catnip, treats to all the furry friends in the Rainbow Bridge…

I want to dedicate this song to all of us in earth who are left behind… This is one of my favorite song from Nathalie Grant - HELD.. We all need to be held.. This world is surrounded by sufferings and pain, and remembering your memories somehow provides us with comfort knowing love and kindness exists …

I also want to dedicate this song to Diana and Carl for losing their son Rob… Though years may have passed, I know the pain of losing a child doesn’t disappear..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-hJ87ApWtw

We love you Phred…. And we’ll miss you….

Love,
Rosebel

ramanth
12-21-2010, 03:22 PM
If the weather holds out, I'd like to make the trek down for the funeral as well. :love:

moosmom
12-21-2010, 05:22 PM
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's a relief to know that Cinder and Smoke are in wonderful, loving hands. My only wish is that I could make it to the service. But unfortunately, I live over 600 miles away, and my car isn't the best (105,000 mi).

My next "Take A Chance on Me" column will be dedicated to John. I'll let you guys know when it runs. It's the least I can do. It's a way for me to show what a wonderful, kind man he was.

Cincy'sMom
12-21-2010, 09:45 PM
I know there have been a few questions about paypal. As far as I know, my mom does not have an account but I do. If anyone is interested in this option I can collect money and write a check or give cash to my parents.

ramanth
12-22-2010, 09:26 AM
Thanks Amy. Can you PM your Paypal addy?

Bibette & Lulu
12-22-2010, 04:37 PM
Hi, Cinder Dog. I’m your cousin, Bibette, from Maine. My Mom1 is Phred’s l’il Sis. She was real sad last week when she heard about your Daddy. Me and Lulu (my adopted older sis - Mom1 and Mom2 found us at the shelter here in L’wiston and brought us home together - but that’s a story for ‘nuther time), anyway - we were real concerned when we heard Mom1 crying. Lulu said we should tell you, Smokey Dog and Heidi how real sorry we are for your losing your Daddy. Mom1 has told us about you, although she doesn’t know a whole lot about Heidi. Mom1 came to visit you all a few years ago, while old Bowser was still kicking around. And you and Smokey were real special to their Mom who loved your visits to her home at Frenship Village. We’re new to the Mom1/Mom2 home - our forecat - Geraldine - had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in ‘08 and they really missed having furry feet under foot - so they brought us home. (There I go again, getting into that story…). We know Unka Phred was a pretty special person, ‘ticularly cuz of his love for furry paws. We were sorry not to have had a chance to get a few skritches of our own. Mom1 has some real special memries of how he’d do his big brother thing and look out for her!!! We wish we could come with her for Unka Phred’s funeral - but I’m not very good with new things (should have seen me hiding under a bed for 3 days when Mom1 brought in the Chrismas tree our first winter!!!) and old Lulu’s health might kick up with the travel. So Mom1 will bring some pics. She’s glad that you have a new home with Unka Phred’s friend and that you will be able to stay there. Well, have to go. Got some new toy that Mom1 brought home to check out. Luv ya {{{hugs}}} and skritches - Bibette and Lulu (and Mom1).

slick
12-22-2010, 10:22 PM
Yesterday I was sorting out my big box of "stocking stuffers" for the family. We don't exchange gifts, just little things. At the bottom of the box I came across 3 bright red collar/leash hangers I was going to sent to dear Phred. They are a "dog's backside" and quite phunny.

Diana: May I send them to you? Could you please PM me your address? You and Carl are wonderful for taking in the pups. Karma will come back to you tenfold.

I would also like to be included on anything you do for our dear Phred. A plague or anything else that requires a donation, I will be there. Whatever you guys decide, I'm right there with you.

Randi: I giggled when I read your post about Phred and John sitting around sharing stores. I can only imagine the laughs.....

RIP Phred. You are missed.

shais_mom
12-23-2010, 12:16 PM
Hi, Cinder Dog. I’m your cousin, Bibette, from Maine. My Mom1 is Phred’s l’il Sis. She was real sad last week when she heard about your Daddy. Me and Lulu (my adopted older sis - Mom1 and Mom2 found us at the shelter here in L’wiston and brought us home together - but that’s a story for ‘nuther time), anyway - we were real concerned when we heard Mom1 crying. Lulu said we should tell you, Smokey Dog and Heidi how real sorry we are for your losing your Daddy. Mom1 has told us about you, although she doesn’t know a whole lot about Heidi. Mom1 came to visit you all a few years ago, while old Bowser was still kicking around. And you and Smokey were real special to their Mom who loved your visits to her home at Frenship Village. We’re new to the Mom1/Mom2 home - our forecat - Geraldine - had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in ‘08 and they really missed having furry feet under foot - so they brought us home. (There I go again, getting into that story…). We know Unka Phred was a pretty special person, ‘ticularly cuz of his love for furry paws. We were sorry not to have had a chance to get a few skritches of our own. Mom1 has some real special memries of how he’d do his big brother thing and look out for her!!! We wish we could come with her for Unka Phred’s funeral - but I’m not very good with new things (should have seen me hiding under a bed for 3 days when Mom1 brought in the Chrismas tree our first winter!!!) and old Lulu’s health might kick up with the travel. So Mom1 will bring some pics. She’s glad that you have a new home with Unka Phred’s friend and that you will be able to stay there. Well, have to go. Got some new toy that Mom1 brought home to check out. Luv ya {{{hugs}}} and skritches - Bibette and Lulu (and Mom1).

welcome to PetTalk!
We sure miss Unka Phred! I hope to meet you next week!

Karen
12-23-2010, 12:19 PM
http://www.lanefuneralhomes.com/_mgxroot/page_10806.php


Here is his obituary, online, with a nice background fire engine picture.

Cincy'sMom
12-23-2010, 12:23 PM
Welcome to Pet Talk Bibette, Lulu and Mom1. Sorry it is under these circumstances, but we're glad you are getting a chance to see how special Unka Phred was to all of us and maybe we'll get a chance to hear more about you. Unfortuantely, I won't be able to make it to the funeral either, but we'll be thinking about everyone next week.

robinh
12-23-2010, 01:02 PM
I went and signed the guestbook. Hard to find the right words to say.

momoffuzzyfaces
12-23-2010, 01:24 PM
I signed the guest book too. What a wonderful picture of Phred. Thank you Karen for posting the link.

This morning I was looking for something in my email addy book and ran across his addy. I cried as I deleted it. :( :love:

slick
12-23-2010, 01:38 PM
I signed. :(

cyber-sibes
12-23-2010, 03:08 PM
Hello to Bibette, Lulu, and Mom 1. We are so sorry for your loss, the world has lost a gem of a man. We knew John/Phred from the Findlay picnics (we lived in Findlay for several years). We seem to share connections in other ways - my husband is from Campbell, (next to Poland OH), and I see you are living in Auburn ME-- that is where my grandparents were married and lived! I have a brother in Gray, and my SIL (now deceased) was from Lewiston and is buried there. What a small world! Unfortunately I will not be able to travel back for John's funeral, but will be with you all in spirit there. Phred was a remarkable force, I'm sure he's busy organizing something in Heaven! We shall miss him.

~~~~~~~
Karen, thanks for posting the obit. I broke into tears again reading the comments before signing. Words seem so inadequete.

Bibette & Lulu
12-23-2010, 06:45 PM
Mom1/Phred's L'il Sis here - I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words and memories of Phred. It has been good to hear about all the wonderful things that he is being remembered for. And I cherish his stories (or should I say, Cinder's!!!) that have been brought up in links. I know that our mother would have loved the Kildeer one!!! He was a gentle and caring man - and I'm sure he is organizing something up there!!!! I look forward to meeting those of you who are able to come to the funeral. I am hoping to be able to join the Memorial Day event next May that is being planned. Oh, here's Lulu (a gray exotic short hair) checking out what I'm saying!!! [tried to upload a picture of the Furkids but didn't get it - maybe next time.] Merry Christmas to all - this was a holiday that Phred looked forward to and always had some thoughtful (and usually pratical) goodies that he sent along. :love: from Lulu aand Mom1.

zippy-kat
12-23-2010, 10:38 PM
Bibette & Lulu & Mom1, welcome to PT. I am so very sorry for your loss. "Phred" was a good friend to all critters, be they 2 or 4 footed.

My grandpa was Bowser's first Dad. It was because of Phred that Bowser was able to live out his life "high on the hog" (as Grandpa put it). It was also because of Phred that Grandpa was able to see Bowser -fat, sassy, 'n smiling- one last time.

I won't be able to attend the funeral (I live in NM) but I hope to possibly meet you at the dog park in May. Many hugs and, again, I am so sorry.

Lori Jordan
12-24-2010, 10:52 AM
I just logged on now and seen this post,I'm devastated to hear the news.I did not know Phred well but always followed his posts,Some made me laugh some cry.He was one of a kind and i will miss reading all his stories,I have spoken to him a few times i would randomly get little messages in my inbox asking how my crew was doing,He cared so much about the animals.Its so sad to see him go,My thoughts and Prayers go out to his family and his pups its nice to hear the two older pups are still together.Such a sad time of year for you all.

Hugs to you all and i hope you all have a Great Christmas.

momoffuzzyfaces
12-24-2010, 11:21 AM
Phred passed away on what would have been my Mom's 80th birthday. It's sort of like his birthday now too, only he was born into heaven. I asked mom to share her birthday cake with him. Somehow, I think they had one of his very own waiting for him there. :love:

lizbud
12-27-2010, 10:02 AM
Tomorrow is Phred's funeral service. I will not be able to attend but I
hope you who are will pass along my farewells for me.It is still hard to believe
that we will never read another prayer or another funny tale by the awesome
prayer pups, Cinder & Smoke.

Godspeed dear Phred. Please say hello to our RB friends from all of us
still here on "the ole dirt ball".

shais_mom
12-27-2010, 10:21 AM
It isn't tomorrow Liz, it's Wednesday the 29th. But I certainly can understand not being able make it with the distance and weather. It still doesn't seem quite real..

lizbud
12-27-2010, 10:55 AM
It isn't tomorrow Liz, it's Wednesday the 29th. But I certainly can understand not being able make it with the distance and weather. It still doesn't seem quite real..


Yes, you're right Staci. The Holidays have me all mixed up I guess.;)
Could you please touch his hand & say Goodbye from me? Gosh, I'm
bawling already.:o He sure was one of a kind.:) Thanks Staci.

cyber-sibes
12-28-2010, 04:11 PM
I'll be there in spirit, too. :love: I will have a candle lit in his honor.

finn's mom
12-29-2010, 02:14 AM
It's so awesome that his dogs are in a good place. If I'm ever able to help out, I surely will!

anna_66
12-29-2010, 07:13 AM
I'll be there in spirit, too. :love: I will have a candle lit in his honor.

As will I. He knows we all will be.

All of you that are going have a safe trip.

Husky_mom
12-29-2010, 11:57 AM
signed..

what a lovely obit.. the pic made me LES..

the world is proud of you Phred..RIP our dearest friend

shais_mom
12-29-2010, 06:54 PM
well, its been an emotional day. I'm not sure I can do it justice in explaining and I KNOW my video won't. There was a professional photographer there and Diana got her card and I got her website. I know she got more footage than I did and lots of pics that are MUCH better.

Diana, Carrie (gabbiegirl), and I got there and he was in the casket and we got to see him. He looked just like the Old Phred. :) His good friends Pat and Joan came up to us and we introduced ourselves and then Nancy (Bibette and Lulu) introduced herself to us.
We went and took our seats and the honour guard was guarding the casket and had a change of the guard. Kimmy came in and sat with us and then the service started. After the minister said a few words he had several people stand and give memories of Phred, so there was lots of laughing. Diana told of Pet Talk and how much he meant to us then I stood up and told of when I flew to California and he tracked my flight before I even knew where I was! And of course the firemen story. :) Then the minister spoke some more and then the present Chief read the Fireman's Prayer (which is where my video cut off :( ) and then they rang the bells and called Roll Call. This kind of explains it here http://www.ehow.com/how_5206391_conduct-firefighter-memorial-service.html Then the firemen came in and escorted the casket out while Bagpipes were played. He was put back into the hearse and everyone went outside the church for a Fire Truck parade. It was so nice. I'm sure I forgot something and I hope that Diana can fill in blanks and Kimmy when she is back in town.
Then after a lunch we spent the afternoon with Nancy and Pat and Joan and the INFAMOUS Molly and Callie. :)
Here are just a few pics of the slideshow and his Firefighter uniform. They aren't the best b/c they are pics of pics on the wall.

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=9Qas2bFs1UiLw


I'm still working on videos - but here is the Fireman's Prayer.
http://www.chaplin-nest.com/unkarock/firemanprayer/firemans-prayer.htm

shais_mom
12-29-2010, 07:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CueodABbm6o

gini
12-29-2010, 07:24 PM
Staci, thank you so much for posting your pictures and the video. I have had Phred on my mind all day and now I have tears running down my cheeks.

I still cannot believe that he is no longer with us.

krazyaboutkatz
12-29-2010, 07:32 PM
Staci, Thanks for posting the pictures and the video. It looked like a wonderful sevice. Yes, it's so hard to believe that Phred is gone.:(

shais_mom
12-29-2010, 07:44 PM
Thanks - I'm still working on some vids and Like I said they aren't the greatest- and one got cut off :(

shais_mom
12-29-2010, 07:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo-JombuY3s

Karen
12-29-2010, 07:59 PM
Thank you for being there, and taking pictures and everything. It means so much to those of us who could not be there. All those pews that look empty? They are really filled by all of us in thought, and I hope all his Ohio friends and Nancy know that.

RobiLee
12-29-2010, 08:28 PM
Thank you so much for posting all the links, Staci. I thought about Phred and you guys all day and your posts make me feel like maybe I was there just a little bit today. Sitting here in tears now thinking about how real this all is now. Its heartbreaking to think of him not posting here at PT and not being at the Findlay gatherings.

shais_mom
12-29-2010, 08:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1OntZQZ0FU

Catty1
12-29-2010, 09:22 PM
Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death's call,
bless with Your protecting hand,
my family one and all.

~~~~~~

cyber-sibes
12-29-2010, 09:29 PM
Thanks Staci,

Been thinking about Phred today - thanks to all of you who were able to get there for carrying our love for Phred and our sympathy to his family & friends. LES again, seeing the videos and hearing the firemen's stories. I'll bet Phred had a good laugh "up there" as he listened in.

Husky_mom
12-29-2010, 09:32 PM
my face flooded again..

very sweet.. the fireman uniform did me.. I never knew him really but that´s just how special he was..

your description was great.. a much deserved goodbye..

bagpipes.. oh my.. made me choke again.. that is the only thing missing when my hubby passed.. bagpipes.. we both loved them and wanted them when we parted.. although not anytime sooner.. wish I had found some..

Lilith Cherry
12-29-2010, 09:32 PM
Thank you Staci for sharing those with us, God Bless you Phred!

Husky_mom
12-29-2010, 09:38 PM
just had to post again.. I´m just watching the vids..

and I´m here sitting laughing while tears flow by.. funny stories.. he surely left so many great memories behind..