We all feel loss when we lose a loved one. Grief is a very real process and cannot be rushed. Our hearts are broken and there are few things that can mend that broken heart.
However, for James Xuereb, the answer will always be the same—a loving dog.
13 years ago, when James was going through a bad depression, nothing could cheer him up. In desperation, his wife Wanda brought home a Bichon Frise puppy named Nemo. James immediately fell in love with the dog.
According to Jaleen, their daughter, “He had an attachment to him. He leaned on him for anything and everything,”
James had a special bond with Nemo.
Two years later, the Xuereb family decided to adopt Lumo, another Bichon—Nemo was getting lonely.
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- However, the story took a sad turn.
- After several months, the family thought it was time to get another dog. So, Wanda and her daughters Jaleen and Jade went to Fern Klapman-Flett’s Bichon Lovers in Simcoe, Ontario.
- The family brought the little dog home and named him Lumo—L-U from Lucy, M-O from Nemo—as a testament to the family’s fallen members.
- Bringing happiness back into my father’s life after the loss of our two beloved dogs Nemo & Lucy. Welcome to the family Lumo.
However, the story took a sad turn.
Little Lucy died in August at the age of 11 after a sudden cardiac arrest. Before the family could recover, the doctors said that Nemo’s health was spiraling downwards—fluid was accumulating inside his lungs, making it hard for him to breathe.
The family made a tough decision to euthanize Nemo to end his suffering.
“My dad was on edge,” said Jaleen “He didn’t want to talk about Lucy and Nemo. He would leave the room if we did. Or he would start crying.”
After several months, the family thought it was time to get another dog. So, Wanda and her daughters Jaleen and Jade went to Fern Klapman-Flett’s Bichon Lovers in Simcoe, Ontario.
“When we walked through the door, one came up to us and kept pulling on my mom’s pants,” Jaleen recalled. “That’s how we knew.”
The family brought the little dog home and named him Lumo—L-U from Lucy, M-O from Nemo—as a testament to the family’s fallen members.
They even got a card saying:
“Hi, my name is Lumo and I am a boy Bichon. No, I am not Nemo, nor could I ever be Lucy, but my mommy brought me to bring you some happiness back into your life. So, as we walk in this journey of life together, may we create our own wonderful memories and reclaim the beautiful memories that you had with Nemo and Lucy. Love, Lumo.”
James—who was depressed—broke down crying after reading the card. The 52-year-old sobbed and was unable to speak through his tears. He hugged Lumo like the dog was going to vanish if left alone. This was the best ever early-birthday gift for James.
Thanks to Lumo, James can finally talk about Lucy and Nemo. He now smiles remembering their good times together.
See the video of the incident Jaleen recorded.
Bringing happiness back into my father’s life after the loss of our two beloved dogs Nemo & Lucy. Welcome to the family Lumo.
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