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  1. Jen
    13 June 2010

    What can I say! beautiful post!

    I’ve been lucky enough to meet Freddie just once. He’s a lovely dog and I know he’ll make his new owners very happy.
    Finding a successor who will work as well as you say he did might be a challenge! I hope you don’t have to wait too long though.

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  2. K8
    14 June 2010

    Oh Darragh well done. Well done for a great post, for keeping your head and emotions so subjective and for finding Freddie such a great retirement home. I’m pretty sure Freddie knows exactly how thankful you are, dogs are so clever that way.

    “Every action starts with a standard sequence. He gets up, stretches, shakes, and sneezes and then he’s ready to go.”

    Heehee! You make me want to be a guide dog in my next life!

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  3. Grannymar
    14 June 2010

    I was fortunate to meet Freeddie on a couple of occasions. He was unphased, calm and patient no matter how packed the venue or the noise level. A true friend and well deserved of a comfortable retirement.

    Somehow the next Podcamp and Blog awards will have a void for me. I hope that the wait for a new four-legged companion takes long enough for you to adjust to being without Freddie, the faithful servant, but short enough not to disrupt your lifestyle!

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  4. Tuukka
    15 June 2010

    I just wanted to say thanks for writing such a brilliant and touching blog post. That sure was the best written form of tribute Freddie could ever get. It really moved me and I’m sure it did the other readers as well.

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  5. Sabella
    15 June 2010

    Hi Darragh crying reading this. I seen it on your status on FB … and was shocked. We were lucky to have met Fredzer too! … Well done you Sabella x/wags

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  6. dominiqueAnonymous
    15 June 2010

    that was an absolutely beautiful emotional and moving post and really does sum up my own feelings also for my beloved Holly. Having a Guide Dog is a lot much more than just enhancing and enriching your mobility. They bring you all of that as well as the best companionship ever imagined possible. Having a guide dog is exactly what darragh’s so perfectly and passionately described in a post that certainly does freddie justice. Holly met freddie and they got on really well. Happy retirement freddie. All the very best darragh. I dread the day with an unbelievable passion when I’ve to go through it when Holly retires. I love her so much. She’s the best friend I’ve ever had, and will ever have and no successor dog can ever replace her fantastic working ability and personality. She’s simply the best. Like freddie.

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  7. Anonymous
    29 August 2010

    just a wee word from a puppy walker. i was delighted to read your blog. we get the pups at 6 weeks and train and love them until they are 12 months when they go to boarding school in model farm in cork. i hope and pray that my dogs go to someone as caring as you. its what makes it all worthwhile. may you make a perfect match with your new guide dog. he’ll never be the same but difference is great. thank you.

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  8. Greg
    20 September 2010

    Darragh just to let you know that Freddie is enjoying his retirement immensely. His new family asked us to mind him while they went on a two week holiday. They were so worried about leaving him with us. We have been friends of theirs for years and we have had dogs ourselves which have passed on due to old age.So they thought we would give Freddie the TLC that he deserved.
    We had such a wonderful two weeks with him. Every morning we would have breakfast together tea and toast. Then we would go to the Castletown Estate which the river Liffey runs through. We walked for about two hours and then he swam and fetched a plastic bottle again and again. He loved every moment of it as did his new friend Banjo. They get on very well together and they are the best of friends and Freddie reprimands Banjo when she is bold. When we get home we dried Freddie and then it was time for a shared lunch. Then it was time for a rest until about 4pm when we had tea and biscuits. Dinner was around 6pm and then out for a short walk for an hour or so. Then we came home and either worked on the computer or watched TV. He never left my side during the whole of his stay with us. He is such a wonderful dog and we cannot wait until our friends are off on holidays again which we hope will be real soon. I can understand the pleasure and service he gave you over the years and I know he is reaping his reward big time with the wonderful loving family he is living with and us when they are on holidays. We love him dearly.

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  9. Greg
    20 September 2010

    Daragh,

    We had the opportunity to have Freddie on loan for two weeks while his family were on holidays. We feel honored to have had the pleasure of minding this loving dog. He is so special and we are looking forward to having him again when his new family go away again which we hope will be soon. He deserves the life he is now leading as a reward for all the years of service and pleasure he gave you. I can understand how broken hearted you must be to be parted from him. Its nice to know that he could not be with a more loving family who swamp him with TLC.

    Greg

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  10. Joan Ann
    21 September 2010

    Darragh
    This is a beautiful post and a fitting tribute to Freddie.
    Having retired a dog myself, I know how difficult it is to let go. I think the best reward we can give our dogs when they retire is a happy home full of fun and treats where the dog gets a chance to be a pet rather than a working responsible guide dog like Freddie was. It sounds like Freddie is having a wonderful retirement with a family who love and will spoil him. He’s a lovely dog and i’m glad I met him.

    Happy retirement Freddie.

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  11. Rachael Warke
    21 September 2010

    What a beautiful post! My first dog was so much like Freddie, I just couldn’t help but smile! I got him over 40 years ago, and until last year, I didn’t think I could ever have as wonderful a dog! Enter Posh! My life is much slower now, and it is just Poshi and me, and she fits me perfectly! I often think she is an angel disguised as a dog. The dogs in between have been lovely, but again, I have been blessed with a truly exceptional companion. I can’t deal wit the thought of retiring her yet, but when the time comes, I can only hope I do as well as you have done! I hope that your next guide brings you much joy, and that, sometime, you, too, can have another one as exceptional as Freddie is!

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  12. Maire
    15 August 2012

    Am so sorry to hear of Freddie’s passing. Darragh, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, Emma, that family, and every person that wonderful dog has touched. He had such a personality, and will be sorely missed. xxx Rest in Peace Freddie xxx

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  13. Aine
    15 August 2012

    I’m very glad that you met Freddie, and that Freddie met you, Darragh. You were both equally blessed.

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  14. Lisa
    15 August 2012

    Darragh, what a beautiful blog, and a beautiful ending to Freddie’s life. I shed several tears reading this as I know how hard it is to lose a dog that is part of your family for so many years.

    I remember the excitement when Freddie arrived into our class at college and I’m sure I’ve some funny pictures somewhere of Freddie having a bulmers in the student apartments after a long days ‘studying’…. Needless to say Freddie never was late for college the next day!

    Keep the chin up and take care 🙂

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  15. Noreen
    16 August 2012

    Daragh, I am so sorry to hear about Freddie!! He was such a wonderful dog and a great fan (or music critic!) of our music in McManus’s and in Blackrock!! May he rest in peace!!xo

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  16. K8
    16 August 2012

    Oh Darragh no, I’m so sorry you lost such a close friend, you write so brilliantly about him I can almost smell that doggyfur. I’m so glad you found each other and made such a difference in each other’s lives. I hope you’re okay.

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  17. Grannymar
    16 August 2012

    Darragh, my thoughts and love are with you, Freddie was so special and a loyal partner. I am pleased you were with him at the end, it obviously meant a great deal to him.

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  18. Sven Christoph
    16 August 2012

    Hi Darragh, I am sorry to hear about Freddie. R.I.P poor dog.

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  19. mark o ocnnell
    16 August 2012

    just want to say thanks to Darragh and Emma for the opportunity to look after Freddie for the last few years. He was definitely more than just a dog- he was a kind natured gentle but mischievous fluffy messer. My kids,wife and other dog came to love Freddie very much for the calm and loving influence he had on our lives and all the people and kids that met him while he was with us.Thankfully he wasn’t sick for long and the decision to let him go to the great big sunny park in the sky where he can play all day with other dogs was made easier by the support from Darragh- tough one! Mostly though this experience has helped me and my kids appreciate, a little more how lucky we are and how lucky we were to have shared a little time with our very best friend. ‘better to burn out than to fade away’ will never forget you Fred! xxxx

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  20. alan english
    15 September 2012

    Darragh you said wonderful things about a wonderful dog , I think its quite funny how you described him it paints an acurate picture, He was and fantasic creature and im really glad i got to meet him and spend some time with him , He was such an intelligent fellow and really funny , I know you miss him dearly and you feel you owe him so much but i think your friendship to freddie was everything to him and it really showed when he would look at you, his tail would wag at such a rapid speed any thing in its path would be pounded or knocked over. I think his most favourite thing to do was when the ragger came out in the back garden or the park and he wrestle with all his might towards you, but the funny thing is if adam had the ragger he would go a lot easier on him, he would still win but it showed his intelligence.
    All i can say is bye freddie it was great to know him and he will always remembered.

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  21. Julie
    17 February 2013

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