Fred's New York Penthouse pad
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everal years ago, thanks to a friend at the Humane Society of New York, Chris and his wife hooked up with famed Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni and adopted Fred.
Fred, who was abandoned as a puppy and discovered running around in the Bronx was placed in a kill shelter. Fortunately, he was soon rescued by Bill and trained to star in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG on Broadway. (All of Mr. Berloni's animal stars are rescues, including all the Sandies in ANNIE). When CHITTY closed, FRED moved up to Connecticut and lived with the trainer's 15 other dogs (including several Sandy's from ANNIE road companies, a couple Totos, and the Chihuahuas from the Broadway musical LEGALLY BLONDE).
Now FRED lives in Manhattan (with two cats and two humans). On their daily walks, Fred has helped Chris come up with several ideas for new books.
To see a video of Fred in action on Broadway in the "Toot Sweet" number from CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and to learn more about Bill Berloni, the animal trainer who first rescued him, click here
to go to a CBS News "48 Hours" Story.
Chris's book Whack A Mole
is dedicated to Fred and his first dog, the late Buster"One man's best four-legged writing partners."
FRED, by the way, has his own book: Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars
by William Berloni and James Hanrahan.
Lots more Fred pics below
but first a little about the felines!
FRED'S FELINE FRIENDS
Parker is ready in case anybody wins another writing award!
Chris wanted to name the newest cat Squeak.
His wife liked the name Phoebe. So, her name is,
ta-dah: Phoebe Squeak, and you can hear her purr
from miles away.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF TIGER LILLY
The cat who often sat on Chris' lap while he
wrote his stories.
Fred goes to the Book Launch party for BROADWAY TAILS
at New York's Public Theatre. Bernadette Peters
insists on getting her picture taken with him!
Fred and Chris relax at home
Fred on stage in the Broadway Production of
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during the song "Toot Sweet."
The character being greeted by Fred and his costars
was most likely named Mr. Snausages Pockets.
Can you find Fred?
Chris and Fred do Eyewitness News!