Celebrity cook Rachael Ray and her husband John Cusimano were heartbroken when they had to say goodbye to Isaboo, their beloved Pit Bull. Isaboo lived to be 15 years old, and she passed away peacefully by her family’s side. The couple felt lost without their rescue dog, but they knew what they had to do.
About a month after Isaboo’s death, Ray adopted a new family member. She explained that it was exactly what Isaboo would want them to do. Plus, the new puppy already seems to feel right at home!
Meet Bella Boo Blue!
Bella Boo Blue is a Pit Bull puppy that Ray and Cusimano adopted from North Shore Animal League. They both shared adorable photos of her adoption day on Instagram. The puppy’s name is a tribute to Isaboo, whose name was a combination of “Isabella”, Ray’s favorite name, and “Boo”, the name of Ray’s first dog. Then, the last part of Bella Boo Blue’s name refers to her beautiful blue eyes.
Ray shared photos of Bella Boo Blue rolling around on a carpet made of fake grass while playing with her new duck toy. Isaboo also loved duck toys, so it’s heartwarming to see the similarities that the two dogs share.
“Happy Adoption Day to Bella Boo Blue, who we welcome to our family today,” Ray wrote on Instagram.
The family even had a special dinner to celebrate the pup’s “Adoption Night”. Ray made a delicious meal which included masala spatchook chicken, grilled paneer with vegetables, and pea and potato samosas for the humans. Then, Bella Boo Blue got her own special dish of minced chicken and naan bread, along with a spoonful of yogurt. It was the perfect celebration to welcome the puppy into their family.
Rachael Ray Encourages Others to Adopt
Ray has always been supportive of dog adoption, but when Isaboo passed away, she stressed the importance of rescuing dogs more than ever. She shared an emotional tribute to Isaboo on Instagram, along with adorable photos of the pup. Moving on is difficult, but Ray and Cusimano knew there was room in their hearts for more dogs in need.
“If you have room in your heart, your home, and your budget, I say from experience that bringing an animal in need into your home can help you become a better human being,” Ray wrote on Instagram.
Isaboo will never be forgotten. Ray and Cusimano vow to love Bella Boo Blue just as much as they loved Isaboo. After all, they treat their dogs just like human children. Rachael spoiled Isaboo often, and she even made her a special pork cake every year for her birthday. So, their new family member is about to have a perfect life, all because they rescued her.
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