Aussie comedian and radio host Fitzy had listeners of his Nova show in tears this morning as he broke down like on air.
The 43-year-old struggled to make his way through his tribute to his beloved dog Cooper, who died yesterday.
“We talk about toxic masculinity all the time, blokes should be sharing their feelings and I think in this current climate we are in at the moment we should be doing this quite a bit,” Fitzy started on the Fitzy and Wippa Show.
“Fellas, if you’ve got these feelings pent-up, you need to talk to someone. It’s always been that old adage of men don’t want to show weakness but I think that’s bullshit, I think we need to push that aside.”
Fitzy then took a breath and teared up as he told listeners that his pet dog, Cooper, died yesterday, devastating the whole family.
“It happened really fast, he hit a wall about 11, he wouldn’t eat, he wouldn’t move. I thought he’s in a bit of trouble here. We took him up to the Balmain vet. We found out he had a huge tumour in his stomach,” he said through tears.
“I couldn’t understand why BJ (his wife) was so emotional, and I told her that we have to be positive. And in the back of my mind I was just saying to myself “it’s just a dog, it’s just a dog”. It didn’t hit me until I got home because he’s not annoying me anymore, I just wanted him to annoy me,” Fitzy said, breaking down and wi[ing tears away from his face.
They left their boys, Hewston, 11, and Lennox, 7, at home and Fitzy said they had the option to bring Cooper home with them but they decided against it because it would be too hard for the kids.
“I rang Hewie and I said mate he’s pretty crook, I don’t think he’s going to make it. Hewie didn’t know how to react so he puts the phone down and yells to Lenny “He’s going to die!” and you just hear Lenny howling in the background but that was their coping mechanism”,” he continued.
“I just want to say we need dogs more than ever at the moment because our place is a rabble we don’t talk about this on the show but homeschooling is stressful. I know a lot of families out there they don’t even know if they’re going back to work, it’s horrible. Let me just say this, who is the one person always waiting at the door every time without fail with unconditional love? I want everyone to know don’t ever take that for granted with your dog.
“In situations like this I just have to bury myself, I have to work hard and I go and do a workout, sweat and listen to music. So I went onto Spotify to try and take my mind off things and I spoke about this with you guys on the show that on Spotify you can do a ‘Pet playlist’. So I put on ‘Coopers playlist’ come up with a photo of him and there’s a song on there that we used to play when we would go for walks, it’s from the strokes. It’s called someday. Someday I’ll see you again old boy, go chase those birds mate - I love you”
Fitzy also took to his Instagram to post a photo of him posing with Cooper, alongside the caption: “Lost the old boy Cooper today. Surreal feeling, it all happened so fast. Been thinking how important dogs are in the current situation we are all in. No matter how tough we are doing they are always there so happy to see you at home. Don’t take that for granted, it’s been bloody tough coming home and realising he’s not following you around. See ya old mate, now go chase those birds.”
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