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    Unhappy A True Friend Indeed

    Woman seeks dead brother's faithful dog

    By Max Harrold, Canwest News Service December 8, 2009

    Loyal to the end, Fred stayed with his master, Cyril Roy, for three days after the 58-year-old died alone inside a trailer in Nanoose Bay.

    The former Montrealer, who had diabetes, had been suffering from gangrene. He was found dead Nov. 30, his sister Lynda Roy, of Boucherville, Que., said yesterday.

    Relatives feared that Roy, who was unemployed, nearly homeless and very depressed, might have committed suicide,

    But a coroner ruled he died of heart failure because of his diabetes.

    At his side at the end was one of his last true friends.

    "That dog was all he had," said Roy, 56. "That's why I want to get him here. He's our only link with my brother."

    But Roy, who wants to get Fred back to Quebec, faces a big obstacle in her cross-country rescue effort.

    Airlines have a Dec. 15 deadline for shipping live animals before it gets too cold. Fred, a seven-year-old white Kugsha breed, is about one metre tall - possibly too big to fit in a standard-size airplane crate.

    The SPCA in Parksville, where Fred was taken, has told Roy it does not have the resources to bathe or walk Fred.

    The pound's manager was not available for comment yesterday, but an employee said Fred was not in imminent danger of euthanization, although the dog is not a prime candidate for adoption because he doesn't get along with cats.

    "I'm afraid I'll never get him back," Roy said.

    Cyril Roy had battled alcoholism but had been sober for 20 years, she said.

    He left Boucherville in March, driving across the country with Fred, back to where he loved to be, in the wilds of B.C. where for years he had worked for the parks service as a forest-fire spotter.

    Yet none of Cyril Roy's B.C. friends seemed willing to deal with shipping Fred safely to Montreal, Roy's sister said.

    Yesterday, Stephanie Walker, president of Walker's Animal Rescue Centre in Nanaimo, said she was willing to help out.

    The group has an extra-large crate and is willing to get Fred and bring him to the airport, she said. Roy has said she will pay for the shipping. If the crate is not big enough, Walker's husband, a carpenter, will build another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Woman seeks dead brother's faithful dog

    By Max Harrold, Canwest News Service December 8, 2009

    Loyal to the end, Fred stayed with his master, Cyril Roy, for three days after the 58-year-old died alone inside a trailer in Nanoose Bay.

    The former Montrealer, who had diabetes, had been suffering from gangrene. He was found dead Nov. 30, his sister Lynda Roy, of Boucherville, Que., said yesterday.

    Relatives feared that Roy, who was unemployed, nearly homeless and very depressed, might have committed suicide,

    But a coroner ruled he died of heart failure because of his diabetes.

    At his side at the end was one of his last true friends.

    "That dog was all he had," said Roy, 56. "That's why I want to get him here. He's our only link with my brother."

    But Roy, who wants to get Fred back to Quebec, faces a big obstacle in her cross-country rescue effort.

    Airlines have a Dec. 15 deadline for shipping live animals before it gets too cold. Fred, a seven-year-old white Kugsha breed, is about one metre tall - possibly too big to fit in a standard-size airplane crate.

    The SPCA in Parksville, where Fred was taken, has told Roy it does not have the resources to bathe or walk Fred.

    The pound's manager was not available for comment yesterday, but an employee said Fred was not in imminent danger of euthanization, although the dog is not a prime candidate for adoption because he doesn't get along with cats.

    "I'm afraid I'll never get him back," Roy said.

    Cyril Roy had battled alcoholism but had been sober for 20 years, she said.

    He left Boucherville in March, driving across the country with Fred, back to where he loved to be, in the wilds of B.C. where for years he had worked for the parks service as a forest-fire spotter.

    Yet none of Cyril Roy's B.C. friends seemed willing to deal with shipping Fred safely to Montreal, Roy's sister said.

    Yesterday, Stephanie Walker, president of Walker's Animal Rescue Centre in Nanaimo, said she was willing to help out.

    The group has an extra-large crate and is willing to get Fred and bring him to the airport, she said. Roy has said she will pay for the shipping. If the crate is not big enough, Walker's husband, a carpenter, will build another.

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    Quite touching Rick. Similar to the story of Greyfriars Bobby. Pictured is his masters local. Can check it on Google. Nice story as well.

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    *I* don't get along with cats.Does that mean if I get taken to the pound,I'm not a prime adoption candidate and will go to the head of the line to be put down?

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    I thought the story was about a man and his Dog. ??
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    Nanaimo dog that stayed at dead owner's side gets free ride to Montreal relatives

    By Max Harrold, The Gazette December 16, 2009

    A Dec. 8 story about the big dog inspired a multitude of offers to bring the pet from Nanaimo, B.C., back to the Montreal-area relatives of his master, Cyril Roy.

    The dog is expected to be transported here within days by van or truck, but not by airplane, as was first expected.

    Fred ended up at the pound Nov. 30 after police found him at his late master’s side. Three days before, Roy, 58, had died alone of heart failure from diabetes in a trailer in a remote area north of Nanaimo.

    What followed was a lot of sadness about Roy, a former forestry service worker who was unemployed, depressed and nearly homeless when he died. But there also was one bright spot to focus on: getting Fred home.

    “It’s brought us all together as a family,” said Roy’s sister, Lynda Roy, who lives in Boucherville. “Cyril would be proud of his dog right now.

    “Cousins we didn’t even knew we had started calling,” she said.

    Fred Caron, who served with Cyril Roy in the Grenadier Guards, contacted the family to offer his sympathy. He was the Fred after whom Roy had named his dog.

    Yet the family was unable to get the dog on a plane before yesterday’s deadline for shipping live animals by air before it gets too cold.

    Finding a crate large enough for Fred, a 7-year-old Kugsha who is about a metre tall and weighs 35 to 45 kilograms, was just one of several problems that dashed an early return by air, Roy said.

    She got several offers of help in emails and phone calls – including from three transport companies and a man willing to rip out the passenger seat of his Mazda Miata so Fred could fit in a drive across Canada.

    Stephanie Walker, who runs Walker’s Animal Rescue Centre in Nanaimo, volunteered to go and get Fred from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals pound in nearby Parksville, B.C.

    She brought Fred to Dog ‘N Suds in Nanaimo for a grooming, where the owner gave Fred a much-needed free bath. This story, as the saying goes, really has legs.

    Yesterday, Fred was scampering in the snow with three dogs Walker has right now. “They’re all females and he really likes them,” she noted.

    The Roys’ efforts to bring Fred home are a refreshing surprise, Walker said.

    “We take a lot of animals in who are injured or abandoned. Sometimes their owners have died. Many times the family doesn’t want the dog.”

    As of yesterday, plans were for Fred to be brought home in a van by two drivers who will take alternating shifts driving non-stop from B.C.

    Frank Palumbo, a Beaconsfield resident who runs IDC-KYD, a freight forwarding company, has offered to organize and pay for the trip.

    The tricky thing for Palumbo will be finding the right drivers among his far-flung work contacts. They will have to be dog-lovers, he said.

    “I don’t have kids and I love dogs,” Palumbo, 48, said. He has spent a lot of money on his dogs’ veterinary bills and he was touched by Cyril Roy’s family’s desire to be reunited with his loyal companion.

    “I know what it means to lose a family member. I want to get that dog back home.

    mharrold@thegazette.canwest.com

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    Stephanie Walker, who runs a no-kill, non-profit animal rescue centre in Nanaimo, B.C., is taking care of Fred, a seven-year-old Kugsha dog, while his late master’s family arranges for transport back to the Montreal area.Fred the dog might not make it home for Christmas, but he has already given his late master’s grieving family a present: a reason to rally.

    {DANG! If he don't look like my old dog Kymick. (RIP)}
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    Via Rail to help Fred the dog get to Montreal

    Montreal Gazette December 28, 2009 7:10 AM

    MONTREAL – Fred the Dog is coming home – in style.

    Via Rail has offered free tickets for Fred and two Montreal residents who will fly to Vancouver to accompany the animal on the four-day ride to Montreal and a new home with relatives of his master, who died in November.

    A Dec. 8 story published in The Gazette about the big dog inspired a multitude of offers to bring the pet from Nanaimo, B.C., back to the Montreal-area relatives of his master, Cyril Roy.

    Roy, 58, died alone of heart failure from diabetes in a trailer in a remote area north of Nanaimo. Fred was found at his side and taken to the local pound.

    Fred, a kushga breed, is too big to ride in an airline cage.

    Via stepped up to the plate after good Samaritan Frank Palumbo of Beaconsfield offered to fly his wife, Mélanie Pellerin, and a friend to Vancouver to pick up Fred. They’re scheduled to leave on New Year’s Day.


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    Pretty dog. I'm glad the story has a happy ending and he's finding a home with family.
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    Nanaimo's Fred the dog arrives in Montreal after five-day train trip

    Gentle, happy dog like 'a magnet for people'

    By Max Harrold, The Gazette January 6, 2010

    More Images » Melanie Pellerin (left) and Christianne Hendershott with Fred, the late Cyril Roy's dog at Central train station in Montreal, Tuesday January 05, 2010. They brought by train from Vancouver to be with the dead man's family after he died in Vancouver.Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The GazetteIf home is where the heart is, then Fred the dog has it made.

    The big, friendly dog who charmed strangers on a cross-Canada train trip since Friday won some more hearts last night when his train pulled into Central Station about 9:30 and the 7-year-old Kugsha was reunited with relatives of his late master, Cyril Roy of Montreal.

    It was the conclusion of a rescue effort that brought more than a few strangers - and a grieving family - together in the belief that a dog is family, even when times are tough.

    "He's like a magnet for people - he has such a gentle, happy way," said Mélanie Pellerin, 34, who along with her Beaconsfield neighbour Christianne Hendershott, 24, volunteered to fly to Vancouver on Jan. 1 and escort the dog back on the train. Fred's large size had made it difficult to get a crate big enough to ship him by air before the airlines' Dec. 15 winter shipping deadline for live animals.

    Fred looked tired but content as the media and admirers buzzed about him in Central Station.

    "I'm sad to let him go, but I'm happy he's going to a good home," Pellerin said, as she wiped tears away. Hendershott, a grade school English teacher, said reuniting Fred with Roy's family was worth the long trip.

    "It feels like we're bringing a family together," Hendershott said.

    Four of Cyril's siblings were humbled with emotion at the sight of Fred, who looks a bit like a cross between a teddy bear and a polar bear.

    "Somewhere, Cyril is looking down at this and he's smiling," Lynda Roy said. "Fred is mellow and easygoing; a lot like Cyril."

    Cyril, 58, died alone with Fred at his side in a trailer Nov. 30 north of Nanaimo after succumbing to heart failure brought on by his diabetes.

    The pair had been inseparable since Cyril rescued the dog from a pound in B.C. six years ago. When Cyril last left Montreal in March, he was beset with financial and health problems. But he hoped for a fresh start as he headed out with Fred in a Jeep for the wilds of B.C., where he had worked for years as a forest fire spotter for the park service.

    But Cyril became increasingly depressed. He was nearly homeless when he died, living in the trailer with no running water or toilet.

    Fred was then taken to a pound at the SPCA in Parksville, B.C. "They said he was unadoptable because he does not like cats," Lynda Roy said.

    There was a real danger that the dog might be put down, she was told.

    The Roys could not afford time off work to get the dog. That's when Roy called The Gazette. A story on Dec. 8 prompted Pellerin's husband, Frank Palumbo, to buy plane tickets for his wife and her friend with 115,000 of his air miles. Palumbo, who runs a freight forwarding logistics company, talked to Via, and the company offered first-class train tickets for the women and a free ride for Fred.

    "I just thought: 'This guy died really harshly and his dog was so loyal,' " Palumbo said. "I wanted to get the dog back to his (extended) family."

    Fred will now live with Cyril's sister Karen Roy, in Alexandria, Ont., about 100 kilometres west of Montreal. He'll have lots of room to run around and seven dogs to play with.

    Pellerin and Hendershott can visit Fred anytime, the Roys told them.

    In Nanaimo, Stephanie Walker, who runs the Walker's Animal Rescue group, was delighted to hear that Fred had reached his destination. Walker, 39, went to get Fred at the

    SPCA, had him groomed and she took care of him for a few weeks until New Year's Day, when she took the ferry from Vancouver Island and brought him to Pellerin.

    "It's a great story about everybody pulling together," Walker said.

    mharrold@thegazette.canwest.com

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    This dog still reminds me of Kymick.

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