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Thank You All!

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I am sorry I have not responded directly to each of your kind comments regarding the passing of my Nando. I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It has been a pretty terrible few days and I am learning to re adjust my life which has revolved around the care of my boy. Here is a little about how Nando became a part of my family. I hope to be cooking soon, one step at a time. Thank you all again you are all wonderful friends.

Izzy with her cupcake leash

Izzy with her cupcake leash

First there was Izzy, she was a tiny sweet little bundle of joy, she helped me get over the death of my other 2 wonderful dogs Lei Ling and Cody who tragically both died of cancer less than a year apart. Izzy was wonderful, full of life and the sweetest puppy ever but I was gone a lot, a very busy work schedule kept me out for extended lengths of time. I decided that Izzy needed a friend who would keep her company. I found a local pug rescue group and applied online for a young adult pug. They told me that young adults are hard to come by and there could be a year or more wait, so my heart kind of sank but I trusted that the right dog would come along. 4 days after they recieved my application they called me and said that miraculously they had just received a 10 1/2 month old black pug named Pokey and asked me if I would be interested. I leaped through the phone and couldn’t say yes quickly enough. They said that they knew his age, born November 3, 2000 because he was found tied to a pole in Long Island with a envelope tied around his neck, in the envelope were his medical records, papers and explanation of why he was given up/abandoned. It seems that he was a Christmas gift from husband to wife, they decided to divorce. The husband didn’t want him and the wife had to move and her new apt did not allow pets so they left him outside (really don’t understand why he wasn’t take to a rescue group or something) Somehow he ended up at Pug Rescue of Long Island. They brought him to me the next day, I was expecting this tiny puppy and when I saw him I had to do a double take, he was the biggest pug I had ever seen. I immediately changed his name from Pokey to Nando and he became a part of our family, Nando and Izzy immediately became best friends. They were togther all the time, slept together, ate together, sat on the same window seat, both waiting for me to come home, that was the highlight of my day. I quickly learned that Nando was a really good eater, I mean really loved food. He looked forward to eating and when I placed his bowl down you could almost see him smile. He was the sweetest most gentle dog I have ever known, in the almost 15 years that he was with me I never once heard him growl, he never snapped. He was my gentle giant pug. When I would walk him some people asked me if he is a pit bull (uh no!!) one lady asked if he was a Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig, no again. He had a good and happy long life with me and I am thankful I had the priviledge of caring for both Nando and Izzy.

I hope I didn’t bore you all I just thought you might be interested in learn a little of the history behind my two pugs. Even though both are gone they will always be with me in spirit.

He loved to sit on my lap while I worked

He loved to sit on my lap while I worked

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  1. Awwww what a heart touching story!!
    Muaah!!! I am sure that you will cherish their life and time with you!❤️❤️

    August 3, 2015
    • I do and miss them both. They were both part of my identity I feel like my entire life has changed and am coping. Thank you so much Sonal.

      August 3, 2015
      • You are one of the best pet owners that I have met Suzanne!
        I just lost one of our favorite uncles to cancer…and the family decided to cherish his life and good memories than feeling bad since he is definitely in a better place now…pain free!!❤️😘

        August 3, 2015
      • Yes that is how I am doing all the wonderful memories rather than focusing on the past few months. I am so sorry about your Uncle.

        August 3, 2015
      • 😊

        August 3, 2015
  2. How beautiful- a perfect tribute! I’ve been thinking of you constantly and sending so much love. XO, Emily

    August 3, 2015
    • Thanks so much Em, I wanted you all to know just what a loving wonderful dog Nando was and of course my little Izzy too!

      August 3, 2015
  3. Hugs, hugs and more hugs , cherish the time you had with that sweet dog and allow yourself to grieve. Huge hugs again!

    August 3, 2015
  4. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Thanks for sharing your story. So sweet! With love, Maria

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 3, 2015
  5. That is a lovely story (except for the part about leaving him tied to a pole outside?!! Who does that?). Well Nando was so lucky to have found you.

    August 3, 2015
    • Thank you so much Elizabeth, can you imagine. Tying him to a pole with a note around his little neck. I count myself lucky to have had such a wonderful furry companion.

      August 3, 2015
  6. Beautiful story, love that you changed Nando’s name! Thinking of you during this time Suzanne and sending you heaps of hugs.

    August 3, 2015
  7. A lovely post, my friend. I still can’t write or talk about Aspen. So thank you that much more for sharing those memories, Suzanne. If you can do that, then I know you are gradually on your way to healing. Great big hug.

    August 3, 2015
    • It helps remembering, I love thinking back on the good times and not concentrate on the end of their lives. Thanks Teagan.

      August 3, 2015
  8. Bevi #

    I am so happy to have known Izzy and Nando, and to have taken a few outings with the 3 of you. Take care of yourself. How hard this must be.

    August 3, 2015
    • Thank you Bevi, it is very hard. It’s wonderful remembering and I am so happy you got to meet my babies.

      August 3, 2015
  9. Aww, one step at a time, such a touching story, may you feel comfort in knowing that you gave your lovely pets a beautiful life!

    August 3, 2015
  10. Just lovely homage to a wonderful pug Suzanne! You will adjust in time I know that. As they each reach out to me you’ll hear from them again, when the time is right…Your Florida Forever Bud, Cheryl.

    August 3, 2015
  11. Hi Suzanne, I knew Nando was special because of the way you talked about him. He was very lucky to have found you.

    August 3, 2015
  12. Jocelyn Songco #

    beautiful suzanne! even i learned something about dear sweet nando.

    love jocelyn

    August 3, 2015
  13. Our beloved pets will never leave us. I am struggling to wrestle with the idea of adopting a third kitty duo once we lose Buddy – it sounds cold, but I seriously struggle with this issue. You are in my thoughts! Love, Liz

    August 3, 2015
    • It doesn’t sound cold at all Liz, I know many people who do just that, it is unthinkable not to have our furry friends in our lives and it is a comfort to have another pet when one passes. When my little Izzy died it hurt so badly but I had to remain strong and focus on Nando that helped me deal with the pain. Thank you so much,

      August 4, 2015
  14. Sending you the sweetest wishes!

    August 3, 2015
  15. What a sweet story, Suzanne. I enjoyed reading every bit of it. Thank you for sharing. Big hugs from Bailey and me in CA. ❤

    August 4, 2015
    • Thanks Patty, it was really so nice thinking back on the time when my babies were young, healthy and full of life.

      August 4, 2015
  16. I am so sorry for your loss Suzanne! Such a touching story you shared with us! Lots of positive energy and thoughts to you!

    August 4, 2015
  17. A very touching story, Suzanne. I only came to know Nando’s struggle near the end. I’m sure it will take a lot of time to work through the pain. I’m glad you can share your feelings and stories on your blog. That’s wonderful therapy. Sending heartfelt thoughts and inner peace to you!

    August 4, 2015
    • Thanks Debbie, remembering and focusing on the sweet memories helps.

      August 4, 2015
    • Thank you Debbie it was so good for me to talk about the happy times.

      August 4, 2015
  18. Oh what happy memories you have Suzanne! This is a lovely tribute to Nando, the sweet and gentle soul that you’ve so wonderfully described. My heart truly does go out to you because I know that our pets truly do become members of our family.

    August 4, 2015
  19. Wish you can get over this pain as soon as possible! Love to read the story about them in your family. Take care yourself!

    August 4, 2015
  20. Suzanne your post is a lovely tribute to the gentle-natured Nando. Take care. Bx

    August 4, 2015
  21. Lovely to read Nando’s story; however they arrive with us, they find our hearts and make a place firmly in it don’t they?
    I’m thinking of you xx

    August 4, 2015
  22. Nice to read about your connection with your pets. I can understand your pain as I feel terribly upset even if a plant dies in my garden. Hope time will lessen your grief. Take care!

    August 4, 2015
    • Thanks so much, my pets were members of my family and I grieve for them as that. Time does heal all wounds but we are usually left with a scar and that scar will always be with me. Thank you for your kind words I really appreciate it.

      August 4, 2015
  23. I loving and caring story, a memory close to heart. ❤

    August 4, 2015
  24. Not boring at all Suzanne! You tell of a wonderful relationship between you, Nando and Izzy! You surely had the sweetest years with them both and were truly blessed. 🌺

    August 4, 2015
    • Thank you Linda, yes we did and I will always have the sweet memories.

      August 5, 2015
  25. I was so sorry to hear about Nando, and I’m so glad you shared a little of his story. What a special friend and companion he was to you. So wonderful that you were able to enjoy 15 years with him!

    August 4, 2015
    • It was such a privilege for me to care for those two sweet dogs. Thanks so much.

      August 5, 2015
  26. Grt touched ng story dear.. I m sorry to hear this.. I am sure memories will always gives u a good feel

    August 6, 2015
  27. Am off to India for a month, was busy packing, shoping and just got to see this, so sorry TO hear about the departure of Nando…. Wonderful story and a perfect tribute to Nando…. and lucky shez to have found you…. mega hugs…:)

    August 7, 2015
  28. Thanks for sharing your happy story with both of them. Hugs and more hugs Suzanne.<3

    August 7, 2015
  29. Loved your Nando and Izzy story! I know this is a big loss in your home– thanks for sharing your good memories…

    August 8, 2015
  30. Hi Suzanne, I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. From the way you speak of both Nando and Izzy, I know that you gave them the best possible lives and now they’re together again. Thanks for sharing their sweet stories.

    August 8, 2015
    • Thanks Justine, they were my babies and I miss them so. I do take comfort in the fact that both are free of pain and together again.

      August 8, 2015
  31. Fig & Quince #

    Suzanne, your story about Nando had me smiling throughout. Specially the part about how Nando loved his food. Such a sweet tribute. Izzy and Nando will be missed and never forgotten. Sending you lots of love!

    August 9, 2015
    • Thanks Azita they were my sweet babies and I am trying to focus on the happy times.

      August 9, 2015
  32. Beautiful story Suzanne – and I am so sorry for your loss. Your dogs truly were family.

    August 10, 2015
  33. I’m so sorry Suzanne. I just read this today and tears are still strolling down my face. I lost my beloved girl several years ago and still miss her everyday.

    I am also sorry that your blog somehow was dropped from my follow list (I did not do it, I swear–at least not intentionally!). I have some catching up to do!

    August 10, 2015
    • Jeff thank you, I am so sorry that you lost your sweet girl. I lost both of my babies so close together, not even a year and it has been very hard to deal with I am slowly adjusting but am having a very hard time. They were both such a huge part of my life and identity that I am a bit lost right now. I have a lot of catching up to do also I am afraid I have so behind in reading all the posts of everyone I follow and I have not commented. With time I will. Thanks, it has happened to me several times, blogs I follow just drop and I don’t know why. Thank you again.

      August 10, 2015
  34. Having lost pets myself (3 dogs) over the years my heart goes out to you. Just remember the good times 🙂

    August 10, 2015
  35. What a heart touching story!! I’m so sorry Suzanne. I lost my beloved horse few months ago and still miss her everyday. I miss my dog too. When I moved to NYC I had to leave her with my parents.. I feel very lonely without my beloved animals..

    August 11, 2015
    • Thank you Marcela, I didn’t know you were in NYC, one day we should meet. I am very sorry about your horse and your dog. It’s so hard to lose our furry family members. Every day I miss them too. I feel lonely also, sometimes especially when I would have been feeding or medicating I don’t know what to do with myself.

      August 11, 2015
  36. I’m sorry for your loss, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories of Nando.

    August 12, 2015
  37. 😦 so sorry Suzanne. thinking of you today…what a lovely story about how Nando came into your life.

    August 14, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I love remembering how he became a part of my family.

      August 15, 2015
  38. ciao! you have the best memories of moments with your special pug, and this can’t be taken from you. i extend an embrace from my heart to yours…so sorry for your loss.
    thebestdressup

    August 15, 2015
    • Thank you so much, you are right my memories will always be with me.

      August 15, 2015
  39. I am so sorry for your loss Suzanne. I know what it’s like losing a pet you loved and took care of for such a long time. I’ve lost two and it never gets easier. Just remember that Nando are with the ones you love in heaven. If you need to talk or need to vent, my email doors are always open.

    August 17, 2015
  40. I hope your sweet memories of Nando have been helping you through this time. It’s hard losing a special pet.

    August 19, 2015
  41. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, I am so sorry I missed your earlier post. You and Nando have been in my thoughts . I am truly saddened to hear of your huge loss.Hope you take comfort in the fact that they had a happy life with you.
    Thank you so much for sharing Nando and Izzy’s story with us.
    Sending you love and hugs

    August 19, 2015
    • Thanks so much Sandhya, Izzy and Nando were such a huge part of my life I don’t know what to do with myself. I loved sharing their story, they were very special.

      August 23, 2015
      • Sandhya #

        Suzanne, this must be such a difficult time for you. You are in my thoughts. Do take solace in knowing that they had a wonderful life with you. Also now they are pain free and in a better place,

        August 23, 2015
  42. How great it is to see you back, Suzanne. Your tart is as beautiful as your tribute to sweet Nando.

    August 23, 2015
    • He was my special boy and Izzy was my very special girl, they were my heart which is now in a million pieces. It was good for me to share their story. Thanks Cynthia.

      August 23, 2015
  43. I hope you don’t think me insensitive for not commenting earlier. When I read the news I cried. For you, for Nando and for all the dogs that have to suffer even one day during their all too abbreviated lives.

    I didn’t want to just say I’m sorry, because you know I am. I didn’t want to tell you that I know how you feel because, I couldn’t possibly. I don’t even know exactly how I am going to feel when I have to go through the same thing in my own life (again), other than devastated and sad.

    I didn’t want to make you feel obligated to reply to, yet another statement of the obvious; as these things tend to sound even though they are heartfelt and sincere.

    Just know that I am sorry. I am also heartfelt in telling you that it will be okay, in time. Time will allow you to think again: to feel hopeful again and to realize that Nando and Izzy will be with you always, in your heart (and in ours)! Peace for all.

    August 30, 2015
    • Stacey, thank you so much. Not for a minute did I think you were insensitive. I know how devoted you are as a pet parent and when we lose one of our beloved fur babies it is hard for us to face. I thank you for your kindness and know that you feel what I feel. The past few weeks have been very hard for me. I did not write or post or cook because I felt that my life was so changed I just couldn’t get it together, I lost all inpsiration and drive to do anything. I have had to claw my way back, literally forcing myself to do the things that I loved. Without my two sweet angels things have changed but I do take comfort in knowing that they will always be with me in spirit and one day we will be reunited. Thank you.

      August 31, 2015
  44. Suzanne, I’ve so enjoyed scrolling back and catching up after my time away – then I landed on this post. I’m so sorry to hear of Nando’s passing. I know he meant the world to you. I wish I had some words of comfort that could lessen the pain, and wish I had been more timely.

    September 27, 2015

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