Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who has sadly announced the death of his family pet, his Great Dane, Vedder.
“Sleep sweetly my boy,” Thompson posted on Instagram of the beloved pet that joined his family in April of 2007. “It’s hard to say he was mine. Although for almost 10 1/2 yeras I did what I needed to do to take care of him, truthfully it was Vedder that took care of me.
“He was the greatest of Danes,” the actor continued, “the sweetest ever. Right now my heart is broken, the heaviest chest I’ve ever felt. The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was say goodbye to my Vedder.”
While he will miss his boy, Thompson relishes the memories that they made together over the past decade. “Every morning, he recalled, “except some of the hard ones recently, he would walk down the halls, nails clicking on the hardwood, push open the door and come and lay his head down on my side of the bed. Just to say good morning.”
Two years ago, Thompson and his wife, Paloma, learned that Vedder had cancer, but then discovered the joyous news that they were expecting their first child! “With that joy,” he confided, “my first thought was, ‘I hope he can meet Vedder.’ Ah, did he. Vedder was his dragon to climb. Ever patient and always loving.”
For evidence of how well Bowie and Vedder got along, just check out this recent video Thompson shared of his young son riding the Great Dane!
“To everyone that has ever commented or posted loving words about him, thank you,” Thompson concluded. “It always meant the world to me. He may have been mine, in a way, but he was ours. All of ours. He breathed joy into the world. Nothing less. Thank you, my boy. I will always love you, my Vedder.”
You can clearly see just how much Thompson loved Vedder in the special photo album of beautiful memories below.
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