On August 4th 2018 I lost a daughter. Her name was Pina and she was a Pit-bull.

She came into my life when she was 8 weeks old. I found her on the street in front of my house, she was a stray puppy. She was starving, covered with flies and had an injury on her head. She was almost hit by a car when I saw her and decided to took her into my house. She never left.

We fell in love immediately. She grew up to be an incredibly smart, adventurous, loving, tender and funny dog. She was the joy and life of the house and she made us laugh with her goofiness every day.  

 On August 4th2018, we went for our daily walk to the countryside. She was running and playing, happy as always. My husband and I lost her sight for about 5 minutes, we thought she was behind us playing, as she used to do. As she didn’t come to our calling, we went back looking for her. There she was, laying in the ground, on one side, eyes wide open, pupils dilated, open mouth, tongue out, no breathing. She was already dead by the time we found her. I thought she choked on something so I tried to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, but it didn’t work. Then I tried CPR but it didn’t work either. My husband and I were in shock, desperate, crying and screaming, but there was anything we could have done for her, she was gone. This image will haunt me for the rest of my life, I can’t take it out of my mind.

 Until this day we don’t know what happened to her. The vet said that the most probable cause of death was a heart attack, since it was so sudden and there was no sign of trauma. 

 We buried her in our garden and we planted a beautiful red tree on her grave. We bring her flowers often and spend our afternoons under the shade of her tree. 

 Life gave me the most extraordinary dog. Life also took her away from me all of the sudden. This experience taught me to never take life for granted, it can go away in a second, without a warning. From that day on I try to enjoy every moment, to say “I love you” to my family more often, to enjoy the little things in life, to forgive, all in her honor.

 She was my teacher, she is my angel, forever my daughter. Until we meet again.

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May 25th, 2014 - August 4th, 2018 



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What beautiful pictures of your gorgeous baby Pina. I am so sorry for your loss. It looks and sounds like you gave her a beautiful life and she was lucky to have you. She was so young still and I know you must feel like you were cheated out of more time with her. From what you say about her she led a full life in the short four years you had her. It is such an honor to have these angels in our lives, even if just for a little while. They teach us so much and we are better people for having had them. I'm sorry the image of her death is still so present in your mind but I hope eventually your memory of her is replaced by the years of joy you shared together.
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Pina is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing all those amazing pictures. I am so sorry you lost her so soon. I am so glad she found her way to you. ❤
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Ana than you for sharing Pina with us, she’s beautiful. You gave that little scared puppy all she wanted, to be loved. What a gift they give us in return, immeasurable devotion and unconditional love. Hugs,,,,,
Lynn, Tankie’s mom, forever
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My heart breaks for you, I am sorry for your loss.  But, then, looking at all those pictures filled with happy moments with Pina.  I could see the love and happiness in Pina's face.  Her clear, brilliant eyes show 'Just pure content love".  Pina knows how much you love her. 

I believe that these "amazing, loving creatures", come into our lives with a "purpose", sometimes they stay for a short time, sometimes they stay for a longer time, however, it is never long enough.  They teach us to "stay/live" in the you said "never take life for granted..."  

Again, I am sorry for your loss.  Sending you many, many hugs.
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I'm so very sorry for your tragic loss. What a beautiful girl! 

You're among people who understand your pain and heartbreak very well. I wish you much comfort.
-Missing Marissa deeply
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