Sharing love, one person at a time
Our family will always have six irreplaceable members and each one plays an important role in spreading awareness of the dangers of open-air carbon monoxide poisoning, building relationships, and giving back to the community.
A tragic experience has blessed us with a unique knowledge and perspective, that even in the worst heartache, there is still hope. There is hope for helping others, spreading love and gratitude, and healing our families and our communities.
Andy-Dude was an incredible child with dreams of a ranch full of llamas. He left an amazing testimony and legacy. Our goal is to ensure that no other family has to endure our loss and to spread love, unconditionally, to others, just as Andy-Dude loved.
On January 19, 2023, for the February 2023 Oklahome legislative session, representative Dean Davis of Broken Arrow submitted a bill in the name of Andrew Brady Free that would require all boats with engines to display a warning sticker, notifying boat passengers of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
On February 14, 2023, Davis received unanimous bipartisan support in favor of Andy's Law. The bill is now eligible to be considered by the full House and the law, if passed, would go into effect November 1, 2023.
This is a huge step in carbon monoxide advocacy in Oklahoma. While a sticker can't stop carbon monoxide poisoning from occurring, it does allow boat passengers to be aware of risk and proactive in how they respond to carbon monoxide symptoms.
On January 17, 2023, Little Dude Ranch welcomed a white female llama cria. She has been named Pixie, in keeping with the -ie female names, and because of Andy-Dude's love of both the movie "Pixels" and "Minecraft," a pixelated video game.
Pixie is the daughter of Mamie and sister of Llamie, Andy-Dude's birthday promise and childhood dream.
As far as it can be known, Pixie is Mamie's third cria, after Llamie and Dudley. Thought not certain, it is believed that Dude is the sire.
Grief is a difficult journey
When Andy-Dude ran ahead, Brett and Cassi Free worried that their time with children in their home was rapidly approaching the finish line. Their older sons were going into 7th and 10th grades and were becoming more, and more, independent.
When an opportunity presented itself, the Free family jumped at the chance to become new parents again.
In July 2022, just over two years after their loss, the Free family became six souls strong.
Little Dude Ranch welcomed its first new human, a daughter. She is sister to John, Blake, and Andy-Dude.