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On This Day…


On This Day…

On this day, a year ago, I was forced to set you free
You left us for a better place where whole again you’d be.

It felt as though my heart had been ripped out and I struggled to take a breath
Up to then I’d never experienced quite as big a test.

Life without you hasn’t been the same
And often still I struggle with wanting someone to blame.

You taught me so much about love, hope, strength, & gratitude
And helped me change my outlook and refresh my attitude.

Bruno, I know there will NEVER be another you
With a gentle strength and love so true.

But I thank God for bringing you to me
And making whole our family.


Bruno, my sweet boy,
We love you, think of you EVERY day, and miss you. You are forever on our minds and in our hearts.


Dad, mom, Daphne & your boys (Vinnie,Lightning,Lincoln,& Frankie)


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“On This Day…”

  1. December 31st, 2013 at 7:33 pm      Reply Michelle Says:

    We haven’t forgot the Magnificent Bruno. I can’t believe it was a year ago. 🙁 We miss you Bruno. We know you are looking down and smiling on your mom & family. I love the pictures.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. December 31st, 2013 at 10:35 pm      Reply benny55 Says:

    Oh My Dear Maricela,

    No, we will never forget that Zen Master Bruiser Bruno, teacher of life lessons, Ambassador of Love!

    Your words of tribute give a voice to your heart. Bruiser Bruno could not have been more revered or more loved than he was by you and the rest of his pack.

    I love it when you post because it gives me an opportunity to go back and look at some of these smile makng pictures and delightful videos.

    Bruno will always be own for his amazing twirling! I know any of the “newbies” who see your post tonight will go back and look at his videos and photos.

    These blogs go and up down so fast sometimes, just realized I missed your previous September post.

    Please keep these wonderful tributes coming. We love hearing avout your boy.

    You remember those “neat computerized photo art” you did for Happy Hannah? Well she made you and Bruno a little card……

    Whenever she and I celebrate an Ampuversary, we always honor all tripawd heroes who have crossed over and left us with their legacy of courage and inspiration. Bruno will ALWAYS be remembered here! He lived a life of purpose and a life that mattered!

    Checkout the “Tuesday Tribute blog that Jerry did today…it’s on the home pages.

    Thank you so much for being here today. Memories of Bruiser Bruno always puts a smile on our hearts.

    Surrounding you with Bruno’s eternal grace and love,

    Sally and Happy Hannah

    We’re gonna have a huge bowl of ice cream tonight in Bruiser Bruno’s honor…..we already had pizza earlier!

  3. January 1st, 2014 at 9:21 pm      Reply jerry Says:

    Cela, Jeremy and family, we can’t believe an entire year has gone by. Wow. I’m so sorry. These anniversaries are rough.

    Please know you and your magnificent Bruno are always in our hearts. His courage and fight will forever inspire others to face this battle with all of the grace and hope that they can, your story will be one that continues to shine a beacon of inspawration on pawrents who so badly need it.

    Much love coming your way. May 2014 be a good year for you.

  4. January 2nd, 2014 at 7:39 am      Reply Jeremy Gaytan Says:

    Maricela, thanks for keeping Bruno’s memory alive, he was an amazing dog. He lives on through your voice and tributes. We are the luckiest to have shared our lives with him. Love Jeremy

  5. January 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 am      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

    Maricela, I know it’s hard. Only two weeks separate our losses. I hope you are doing well. We will always miss them, but being able to participate in the joys that life has to offer is essential. Our love for them would be cruel if their loss meant only pain forever.

    Have Bruno and Dakota found each other? I don’t know. I can’t even imagine what heaven is like for dogs, but I know heaven for humans can’t possibly exist if it doesn’t include dogs.


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More from Bruiser Bruno…

Introducing:  “The Incredible” Bruiser Bruno




Who:  The Incredible, Brave, Head-Strong, Bully, Sun-Worshipper.

The lover of: Pizza, LMN (yes, as in Lifetime Movie Network), and long afternoon drives down country roads.


None other than–MY Bruno.

Breed:  American Bulldog

Date of Birth:  January 1, 2005 (7yrs old)

Strengths:   His ability to ask for forgiveness (as he extends his paw-gesturing for a handshake) after he has been ornery, his quiet strength & laid back demeanor, how he has faced adversity time and time again head on.  How he calls on the fighter within him to help him battle illness, when in reality he is nothing but a lover.

Vices: His love affair with food.

Main weaknesses:  PIZZA, Blue Bell Ice Cream- Homemade Vanilla (“The best ice cream in the country!” according to Bruno), any and all of mom’s homemade cooking.

His Current Adversary:  Histiocytic Synovial Cell Sarcoma


*9/8/11- This marked the day that Jeremy, my husband, Bruno, and I were handed the news.  The news that was not only not good news, but that was news which we had clearly not prepared ourselves to entertain.  Lab results, which had been sent to Florida by our local vet, of the biopsy which they had taken from his knee joint identified his condition.  The diagnosis was: synovial cell sarcoma.  All I heard was the word “CANCER.”


Timeline/Back-story leading up to diagnosis:  Coming Soon.

To be Continued…And so, the saga began.