Nuno passed on last Friday morning, February 23, 2018. The best dog that ever lived, he enjoyed a rich, happy, and long life despite having lost a front leg at age 2 or 3 and spending the rest of his years hopping around on three legs only. He also suffered from Lyme disease, which we discovered around 2012, cataract since around 2016, a host of other, minor ailments, and epilepsy (possibly Lyme-related) in the final months of his life, which brought about what would be the ultimate deterioration of his condition and a seizure last Thursday which lasted throughout the night, brought him much pain and stress, and made me realize that enough was enough. I took him to our trusted vet in the morning after and following a consult with him decided there wasn’t much at all that could be done.
I put my little brother Nuno to sleep, final and eternal.
I cannot even begin to describe the richness of Nuno’s life. We spent over a dozen years together, conditioning and shaping each other and making the best of the time we were given. Ever since he first wagged his tail at me at a shelter I volunteered at in Winter 2005, he was mine and I was his. I think it was a Sunday. Soon after I adopted him and there he was. From then on, as much as possible, we were always together, our shared time the high point of our days. Through times good and bad, we stuck with life until no more could be done, or until the price would have been too high.
Dogs are faithful, loyal, and territorial, and Nuno was all those things just like any other dog. But he was also the kindest soul ever. I mean it. Ever. Not without a lively temperament, as he grew older this kindness would manifest itself ever anew. To our final days together we grew closer and closer, and the love between us had never been as great as when he was already a grandpa dog and I was in my thirties, not as dumb as before. Gray-haired around the nose and forehead, moving around on a harness the last two and a half years of his life, what a sweet little guy he was, what a character. An absolute champion of enjoying the little things in life. Everyone in these parts knew and admired him. In the words of a neighbor of ours, with Nuno’s passing an epoch had come to an end.
Nuno, as I told you just before you drifted off into peace–
I love you always.