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Todd Dills

Fred: Memorializing one long-hauling dog

| March 24, 2011

Condolences to Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year, owner-operator Mike “Mustang” Crawford, whose dog Fred passed away early this morning. She was 12 and some years old.

“It’s a rough day for me, ” Crawford said. Fred had been running freight for Prime Inc. with Crawford for the better part of 2 million miles, all logged in Crawford’s 1994 Freightliner. “I bet you there ain’t another dog in history that’s had that in the same truck.”

Crawford found Fred when “she was about four weeks old,” on a gravel road up in Iowa near a hog farm he’d just delivered steel to. ”I picked her up — her mother had been hit by a car,” he says — “and I put her on the truck with me.”

She’d been there with him ever since.