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A candle burns in Brooklyn

A candle burns in Brooklyn

My sweet Nando passed away yesterday. I had to make the decision to help him. He was suffering and the decision was clear for me. Nando’s Doctor was very kind, she made a house call yesterday to check on him, she said that he was hanging on for me and I needed to give him this last gift and free him from his pain. My heart is broken I know I did the right thing but it is never easy. For the past 3+ weeks he deteriorated tremendously and caring for him was all consuming. I could not leave him alone but thankfully when I needed to go out I had friends that helped me take care of him. It will take time to come to grips with the fact that Nando and Izzy are no longer with me. Thank you all for your kindness and support. Izzy and Nando and their best friend Daisey are all together now free from pain.

izzy and nando

izzy and nando

 

 

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  1. I’m sorry to hear that. Must have been a tough decision. Sometimes, when I think about dogs passing, it’s the thought that heaven has dogs that comforts me.

    August 2, 2015
  2. I’m sorry to hear that. Must have been a tough decision. Sometimes, when I think of dogs passing, I’m comforted by the thought that heaven has dogs.

    August 2, 2015
  3. talkavino #

    Sorry about your loss, Suzanne. It is an extremely hard decision, but there is a point when it becomes the only right decision. Nando and Izzy are over the Rainbow Bridge now, looking down at you…

    August 2, 2015
  4. Dear Suzanne, this has been such a horrible, hard year… Rest assured you did the right thing.
    I’m crying with you. And still crying for my Aspen.
    Sending you love, light, and hugs.

    August 2, 2015
  5. You shared with them your beautiful life…❀

    August 2, 2015
  6. Aww so sorry to hear. You did the right thing. They are very special pugs to ever have an owner like you. Stay strong xxx

    August 2, 2015
  7. Such sad news to hear Suzanne, my heart goes out to you and please know that you’re very much in my thoughts. You really did do everything imaginable and possible to give Nando a long, loved and happy life! You’re an amazing woman. M.xx

    August 2, 2015
  8. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    You are the best example of a loving canine parent. Draw strength from your sweet memories. With love, Maria and family

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 2, 2015
  9. Suzanne
    You have been the best mama to your dogs. It is heart breaking for sure but lowing that he is free from pain, is a little respite.

    I will be keeping you in my thoughts!
    Hugs

    August 2, 2015
  10. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss, Suzanne. Losing the furry ones leave such holes in our hearts! Thinking of you . . .

    August 2, 2015
  11. You really did the right thing, even though it’s a horrible decision to make. Twice, I feel, we’ve waited too long. It’s mostly my husband, because he can’t come to grips that the dogs’ lives are ending. But with Roxie, we found out she’s most likely been in pain, and that just made me so sad. Be strong!

    August 2, 2015
  12. I’m so sorry Suzanne… losing a beloved pet is losing a family member. My two dachshunds are like my children. Sounds like you made the only decision that you could, hard as it was. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

    August 2, 2015
  13. My deepest sympathies. I enjoyed hearing your posts about Nando and I’m saddened to hear the news. It’s never easy to see our loved animals suffer, but they love us so much that sometimes they do try to stay as long as they can. I will light a candle for Nando. After losing my own pug, Tomo, it touches me deeply when I hear someone else lose a pet (especially pugs). Have comfort that Izzy and Nando are together again at Over The Rainbow Bridge, and they are both always close to you in mind and spirit. We’ll be thinking of you, Nando and Izzy.

    August 2, 2015
  14. So sorry for your loss Suzanne. Through your words on every post you mentioned Nando, and Izzy too, I could feel your love and the deep bond you had with them. You have been the best of pet moms to the very end and they have been so lucky to have you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. xx

    August 2, 2015
  15. Oh Suzanne, I’m so sorry you lost Nando. You loved her dearly but it was her time to go. May the wonderful memories you have of Nando stay with you always. Much love and hugs,

    August 2, 2015
  16. Sincere sorrow for your loss Suzanne. I know how much you cared and loved Nando to the bitter end. We are all thinking and praying for you. May you remember the wonderful times you’ve had with Nando, and hopefully this will bring you some measure of comfort. Sending hugs.

    August 2, 2015
  17. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. It’s never easy doing the right thing when it comes to making that decision. Sending positive thoughts.

    August 2, 2015
  18. I’m so so sorry for your loss Suzanne. You cared for both Nando and Izzy so incredibly well. It’s such a hard decision to take, but definitely the right one if they’re suffering. I still have to distract myself when I think about the time we had my 16-year-old yellow lab put to sleep because it still upsets me so much. Now you must take good care of yourself. Hugs from us all. xx

    August 2, 2015
  19. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one who’s been a big part of your life, heart, and home. It was time, and your love for Nando was with him until the very end, which is the greatest gift we can give. Take care of yourself. xo

    August 2, 2015
  20. My thoughts are with you – dogs make life brighter, happier and full of love. Memories of my dogs comfort me. They brought me joy, protection and such companionship. I understand how hard it is to let go. Peace.

    August 2, 2015
  21. I know Suzanne…

    August 2, 2015
  22. Sending love across the miles – such a wrench for you, my friend. xo Liz

    August 2, 2015
  23. Sorry for your loss and heartache… You did the right thing, to free him. I hope this makes it a bit easier on you… 😦

    August 2, 2015
  24. Annaliese Bischoff #

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Suzanne. Izzy and Nando were both such special spirits. Precious memories to honor forever. Sending love.

    August 2, 2015
  25. My condolences to you. Nando had a great life thanks to your loving care. I know his loss will be felt for a long time.

    August 2, 2015
  26. queensashy #

    Suzanne, I am so very, very sorry. What to say… I will be thinking of you. With lots of love…

    August 2, 2015
  27. I am so sorry for your loss Suzanne.

    August 2, 2015
  28. So sorry, Suzanne, it is such a painful time. With lotd of love for your loving pets- and you. Somewhere they are waiting for you.

    August 2, 2015
  29. I’m so sorry to hear this- it’s such a hard thing to do. You were such a great mom to Izzy and Nando.

    August 2, 2015
  30. Aw Suzanne I am so sorry to hear that. Thinking of you. B xxx

    August 2, 2015
  31. So sorry Suzanne. Thinking of you x.

    August 2, 2015
  32. I’m so sorry Suzanne……..

    August 2, 2015
  33. Suzanne, I am so sorry for your loss.

    August 2, 2015
  34. Suzanne,

    I am really sorry for your loss. I know they were such an integral part of your life. But, I am sure it was somehow the best decision for them.

    Much love,
    Devangi

    August 2, 2015
  35. My deepest sympathies to you, Suzanne. It takes more courage to let go than to hold on. May Nando rest in peace and may you be at peace as well, knowing you did the right thing.

    August 2, 2015
  36. We are burning a candle in Melbourne and my thoughts are with you.

    August 2, 2015
  37. I am heartbroken that he is gone, yet relieved that he is with Izzy. I know too well how difficult your decision was, and salute your bravery in making it. May you go on knowing the love you all shared for many years and the richness and humor they brought to you.

    August 2, 2015
  38. Suzanne that’s such sad news. So sorry to hear this.

    August 3, 2015
  39. Heather #

    Farewell sweet and beautiful Nando. Big hug for you Suzanne. He will always be with you. xxx

    August 3, 2015
  40. So sorry, Suzanne… 😦

    August 3, 2015
  41. So very sorry to hear this sad news.

    August 3, 2015
  42. Animals leave such a special footprint on our hearts and lives. I’m so sorry for your loss Suzanne. I enjoyed reading your stories of Nando and know that he was a very special pet.

    August 3, 2015
  43. Suzanne, I am so very sorry to hear about Nando. No matter how prepared we think we for the end, it always comes too soon. Nando and Izzy were blessed to have you in their lives.

    August 3, 2015
  44. Sorry for your loss πŸ˜˜πŸ™

    August 3, 2015
  45. I’m so sorry to hear this, Suzanne! You are such a wonderful pet owner, always doing what is best for your animals, no matter how hard. May God comfort and bless you as you face the sadness and loss of a loved one. I wish I could give you a hug! Continued prayers sent your way.

    August 3, 2015
  46. Condolences, Suzanne. Been there too, and it just plain sucks.

    August 3, 2015
  47. Heart breaking. I’m so sorry Suzanne. I know the love of a good dog – there’s nothing else like it. Sending you virtual love. ❀

    August 3, 2015
  48. Suzanne, my heart breaks for you, but Nando is now in comfort, I am thinking of you and sending you loves of love!! ❀

    August 3, 2015
  49. Oh Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear of Nando’s passing…very very sad to lose such a precious friend…my prayers are with you…sending hugs πŸ™‚ Linda~

    August 3, 2015
  50. Bevi #

    Suzanne I am so sorry. It is so hard to say goodbye to our four legged family members. You have been the most wonderful mother to your dogs. I will be thinking of you.

    August 3, 2015
  51. Suzanne, I’m so sorry for you loss. My thoughts are with you. Big hugs. ❀

    August 4, 2015
  52. My condolences Suzanne. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    August 4, 2015
  53. So sorry for your loss Suzanne ! hugs

    August 4, 2015
  54. Dear Suzanne, My condolences for the loss of your precious Nando. Yes, he hanged in their for you long enough and it was time to join Izzy and Daisey, to play together without constraints and pain. My thoughts are with you.

    August 4, 2015
  55. Suzanne – it is know what a wonderful Mom you were and Nando (and Izzy) – you gave them so much love that no one else could have ever matched. They were lucky to have you and you to have them. Love, Carla

    August 4, 2015
  56. Sad and sorry to hear your news Suzanne– I’m hopeful you have no regrets because you were the most loving caregiver to Izzy and Nando all through their feet lives with you, clear to the end. God keep you in these difficult days. Hugs from here.

    August 8, 2015
  57. I am so sorry for your loss, what a heartbreaking choice that has to be! My girl Ibo passed away five years ago and the wound is still raw. She died of her own choice, I like to say, right before we were about to have to make that choice for her.

    August 10, 2015
    • I am so so sorry Jeff, I know the pain. Making that decision was the hardest thing I’ve had to do yet I know I made the right decision. Izzy died of her own choice and it wasn’t any easier to deal with but she spared me making the decision. Thank you again.

      August 10, 2015
  58. Suzanne, wow I have missed a few of your posts…I used to get updates but I don’t know what has happened. I need to resubscribe I guess. Anyways, I am so truly sorry to hear about Nando’s passing. I know you just lost your other sweet dog and now this has to be so difficult. I have lost a Doberman and have had to put down a couple of animals for their own pain to be released and even though it’s the right thing, it’s incredibly hard to let them go. They were so blessed to have you in their lives as their mommy.

    August 10, 2015
    • Brandi thank you so much. I am afraid I have been remiss in commenting on any of my friends blogs. I hope to be back to reading and cooking and blogging soon. Thank you for stopping by and I am sorry about your dog. It is a painful decision even if it is the right one to make.

      August 10, 2015
  59. I have been there, and had to do that, too. My heart goes out to you.

    August 10, 2015
  60. Sorry for your loss.

    August 12, 2015
  61. So sorry for your loss, Suzanne. I know it’s a difficult decision, but definitely the right one. Xo

    September 6, 2015
  62. Dear Suzanne,
    Sorry for the much delayed message. Stefano and I are very sorry for your loss. We can only imagine how heartbreaking and painful this must be. Our hearts reach out to you and we hope that time will help you to cope with your sorrow.
    Love,
    Stefano & Francesca

    September 12, 2015
    • Thank you so much. It was and is very hard for me to deal with the loss. I miss my sweet pugs so much. Nando was such a brave boy he and Izzy will always be in my heart.

      September 12, 2015
  63. CC #

    Dearest Suzanne, I am finally back from my travels and wanted to catch up on what I’d missed while I was gone and just want to let you know how sorry I am about Nando! I had to do the same with the only dog we ever had when I was 21 years old and it was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. My heart goes out to you. It will take me a while to catch up on everyone’s posts (if I even can) as I’m so far behind on everything I need to do, but just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you. CC

    September 21, 2015
  64. Oh Suzanne – I am finally checking in on you and Nando, I am so sorry to see that you had to let him go in August, already 3 months ago, I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a loved companion, loyal friend and family member, I dread the day I will have to make the same decision. sorry to be so late in writing to you, I imagine you still look up when you hear a sound thinking he is there, I still do that when I think of a cat I had, she got run over about 6 years ago, but sometimes I think she is going to come through the door. They give us so much, and It was time to give him that last gift of freedom, hard to bear but the only decision. Thinking of you Poli

    October 7, 2015
    • Poli, thank you. It is still so hard to come to grips with even though 3 months have passed. I still have everything out from both of my sweet pugs. Their beds, leashes, bowls. I am having a very hard time adapting to them not being here with me, physically. They were my loves and my babies and I miss them both every single day. It was the hardest decision to make, the doctor came to my house I knew what I had to do but couldn’t say the words. She begged me to give him this one last gift and free him from pain. I can’t think about it without bursting into tears You know whereof I speak and know the heartbreak of losing a beloved fur baby. Friday will be one year since my Izzy passed away it’s a sad day of rememberance for me. Thank you for your kind words.

      October 7, 2015

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