Star WFOR-CBS 4 anchorman Eliott Rodriguez is desperately looking for his lost pooch, a 6-year-old silky terrier that had become the station’s night-shift mascot.
Rodriguez used to bring 10-pound Freddie to the studios, and Freddie was known to lie down and guard Rodriguez as he did his on-air thang at 5 and 11 p.m.
But Freddie bolted from a dog-sitter Monday morning in Miramar — and Rodriguez is worried sick that Freddie was dognapped.
During his dinner breaks at work, the newscaster drives to the Miramar Parkway complex of Courtyards of Nautica, where the dog was last seen, and distributes fliers.
“It’s like losing a family member,” Rodriguez said. “I’m convinced Freddie’s been kidnapped. He’s pretty friendly, and he probably walked up to someone who found him to be cute and decided to keep him.
“I’m just asking whoever’s got Freddie to do the right thing and give me a call.
“My number is on his collar, and he’s got a chip. I’m offering a reward for his safe return.”
Rodriguez handed the pooch to his stepdaughter when he went to Canada on vacation earlier this month.
The anchorman returned home to Coral Gables Sunday as planned, but hours before he was to pick up Freddie, the dog ran away while preparing for a walk.
“I’m the only male in his life,” said Rodriguez, who also lost longtime co-anchor Shannon Hori to contract negotiations. “I guess Freddie got spooked when my stepdaughter’s boyfriend took him outside.”
Bill Gates a snowbird
America’s richest man now calls Florida his winter home.
Like millions of other snowbirds, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is expected to winter here with his family now that he owns an equestrian property in Wellington, just west of Palm Beach.
Gates rented houses for the past two winters for a total of $1.1 million but eventually signed off on the purchase of a four-acre property with a 7,200-square-foot crib and two barns for 20 horses.
His teenage daughter, Jennifer, is training for show-jumping competition at the nearby stadium.
According to Palm Beach County records, the property went for $8.7 million, a relatively paltry sum for someone with $67 billion to his name.
The deed is in the name of a secretive trust whose trustee is Bill McCaughan, a partner at the Miami branch of Seattle-based K&L Gates, a law firm founded by Gates’ dad.
“I have no comment about this purchase,” McCaughan said.
Residents include: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; new arrival Frank McCourt, who recently sold MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion; and Sulhail Rizvi, a private equity banker whose firm owns the rights to The Twilight Saga.
Heat party continues
Got to give it to Dwyane Wade: In this championship whirlwind that included a parade, parties and Jimmy Kimmel Live (Thursday), Wade didn’t forget his fans.
Wade and his sister Tragil spent Tuesday night at Toro Toro in the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami, with a few dozen financial supporters of his Wade’s World Foundation. The charity, which Wade founded 10 years ago, focuses on literacy and health among youth.
The group got to talk playoffs with D-Wade while munching on finger foods from chef Reuven Sugarman, who also made a special Miami Heat cocktail named El Toro Blanco.