Visiting Nunu

9 Sep

We visited the girl today. In case you weren’t sure if she was a girl:

If you walk from the third large tree toward the stone wall.

you’ll find Nunu to the left of Buddy 

and just below Kuro-Chan.

We had gotten a picture sent to us from a friend who went to her grave and found toys on it.

And we were very touched to find this when we got there. We left some others that fans sent us. And secured them all with small stakes we bought at the hardware store. I wasn’t sure if the sticks were there to hold the butterfly in place or they were meant as a dog toy. So we put them back as well. We’re really touched that you guys have taken the time to visit  her and leave her presents. We plan to go back before we leave Hawaii but we’re still trying to find a couple of toys she used to play with.

80 Responses to “Visiting Nunu”

  1. Pam September 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    That’s so beautiful! We all miss Nunu, although I’m sure not nearly as much as you. I wish I could get to where she is to leave my respects. But my love is with her anyway…

  2. tapadance September 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    I am sure you mentioned it some where, but what is the name and address of the shelter you got her from?

    I was hoping to be able to make a small donation to the shelter in her honor.

    Jan Dumas

  3. Carolyn September 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm #


    Long time follower, first time commenter. How nice it must have been to see all those goodies left for Nunu! What a honey of a dog!

    Hope you enjoy your time on the island.



  4. Carrie Marie September 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    *HUGS* This post is so sweet!

  5. kkryno September 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    It’s os hard to lose a family member suddenly, or otherwise for that matter. We lost our Joe almost a year ago, and I never thought I’d get over it. I may not, but he comes to us in dreams and give his famous hugs every time. I know he’ll be there to help us over some day. Nunu definitely has her place in Heaven, and she’s happy and waiting to be re-united with those that love her. 🙂

  6. Bonnie September 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Got teary-eyed reading this post.

  7. Lacey September 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Awww this is making me tear up 😦 I hope it was a healing experience to see her again.

  8. Petra September 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    What a lovely post. I, too, got teary-eyed. Love to you both.

    : ) P

  9. ale73 September 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Lovely post. Sweet Nunu…..

  10. alice September 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Reading this post made me tear up.

    So nice to see people caring. I’m sure you miss Nunu terribly 😦

  11. jackie September 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    made me weep

  12. Kitti September 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I have a 4 years old rabbit. She’s 11 lbs, walks around our flot all the day, watches the tv from the sofa, in the afternoon she sleeps with us if we have a nap and eats out of our mouth if we have some snacks like pumpkin seeds or biscuits. She’s like my sister, she’s got the first place in the family and also in our hearts. I’m afraid f she dies the world will stop spinning, everything ends. That would be okay some way, ’cause don’t existing does not hurt, I can’t feel sorrow…
    Unfortunately we have no idea what to do with her after that horribe thay, we don’t have so beautiful places like that in Hawaii to grave her. I dunno… 😦

  13. Cat September 9, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    They are never pets to us. They are our children. We love them with every ounce of our being from the first look and first touch. I know you loved Nunu a lot. It is wonderful what you did for Nunu. Her memory is with us all! HUGS!!!

  14. Slave Driver September 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    For years now our family had done fundraising for an organization called No More Homeless Pets in Utah (so named because, well, it’s in Utah.) A few years ago on our way back from Arizona my daughter and I stopped at one of the places they funnel money to; Best Friends Animal Sancutary in Kanab, Utah. (Best Friends was the subject of a show called “Dogtown”, best known for taking in some of Michael Vick’s Pitt Bulls.)At Best Friends there is a beautiful place called Angel’s Rest. It’s a pet cemetary, and throughout the cemetary there are wind chimes, each with a metal tag engraved with the name of a animal, or sometimes people who loved animals. It’s not sad or mournful, and celebrates the lives of those we’ve shared our homes and families with. When the breeze blows, like the flapping of Tibetan prayer flags, the chimes create a joyous reminder of the furbabies we’ve been lucky to share our lives with. They enrich us, and make us better humans.

    I’ve lost two dogs this year, my friend. I feel your pain. I’ve also adopted two more,and saved them from an unloved life. Just as they do for us.


  15. Comedic Author with Rat Training Tendencies September 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    I am glad to hear that you got some nunu time despite the location. I missed hearing the stories and reading about her, so I would look back at the old blogs to see videos. It’s cos of you and she that we decided having a chi-chi-baby would be a great thing.. and we love our boy to bits. (ps… honorary emmy to her for the cameo on the Hugo eps.)

  16. Joseph September 10, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    This made me tear up. I lost my Buddy about a month ago and it’s been hard. 😦

  17. sproggie14 September 10, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    Blubbing like a baby here. What a lovely thing for people to do!

    I lost my soul dog Tess in March very suddenly and the world simply hasn’t been the same since. It’s like everything is black and white now.

    She was individually cremated and I keep her ashes with me at home. I then have a necklace which holds a tiny amount of her ashes so she is always with me.

  18. yvan Lenaers September 10, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    I am very excited(triste) and I often think Nunu!
    yvan of Belgium (Europe)

  19. Pat September 10, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    OMG How beautiful that people are visiting and leaving gifts. It moved me so much. I love animals so much. I am so sorry you lost Nunu. You guys were very good to her and made her so very happy. God bless.

  20. Lynn September 10, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    It’s funny how much I miss her just from the blog. Thanks for sharing your visit with us. And yeah, you made me tear up.

  21. April September 10, 2010 at 6:12 am #’re making me cry…so sweet.

  22. Jessica September 10, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    *hugs* Too many of my friends have lost pets lately. I hope someday you bring another dog into your life to be as loved as Nunu was.

  23. Kim W. September 10, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    At the time that Nunu passed, my cat Zach was still alive. Today, he isn’t. (Nothing unusually tragic about why — Zach lived to be a very lively and feisty 18, and the colon cancer he developed for the last two months of his life was the only time he was EVER sick EVER.)

    I’m also getting ready my own memorial for Zach, but thought you’d appreciate knowing that there’s something that comforted me a lot when Zach first passed — a line from LOST. From the first episode of season 6, when Locke and Jack are talking in the airport lost-baggage section, and Locke tells Jack, “the airline didn’t lose your father. They just lost his body.”

    And that’s exactly what I realized I felt — I haven’t lost Zach, I’ve just lost his body.

    …Not that it doesn’t still hurt sometimes, of course.

    I’ll try and get a message to Zach to go hang out with Nunu sometimes if you’d like.

  24. Sara September 10, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    You are such a sweet boy. I have four brothers, and you make me want to be your big sister too. Maybe that sounds a little creepers, but I mean it in the most sincere, not weird way possible.

  25. Henry Wasserman September 10, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    It takes a lot to laugh. It takes a train to cry. – Bob Dylan

  26. jennY September 10, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    awwweee…sooo sorry again about what happened to Nunu. that is great that you have a place for her that you can go back to and visit. fans are soo sweet! 🙂

  27. Karla September 10, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    RIP little Nunu. My heart also aches w the all too familiar pain of losing a pet.

    She was a lucky dog, she had you and Beth to love her forever.

  28. Irish Girl September 10, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    What a pretty place for her to rest. I lost my beloved Lhasa Apso Kelsey a few years ago and cried like a baby for two weeks after she was gone. As an earlier poster said, they’re not just pets — they’re like our kids. Now my little MinPin Billy is showing some signs of aging and slowing down, and I know it’s inevitable that one day he’ll be gone, too. But I’m trying to enjoy him as much as I can while I have him. He’s happy and healthy and still playful with lots of energy. So I also know that while I’ll miss him terribly one day when he’s no longer around, I’ll be able to smile knowing he had a wonderful life and felt loved.

    I’m sure it was the same with Nunu. Kisses and hugs to the little rabble-rouser. I’ll miss hearing her in the podcast background yipping at you and Beth. 😉


  29. Carol September 10, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    When we suddenly had to let our kitty go a few years ago, we chose to have her cremated and we were told that we could send some of her favourite toys with her. So we packed up ‘spider’, a piece of tissue paper (she loved the crinkle) and a few other things. It was very comforting to us in a way that I don’t really understand.
    Took us ages and ages to deal with it all because, like with you, it was so sudden.
    We brought a cat home from the shelter sooner than we had planned (it’s true how we don’t find them, they find us) and it took a long time to really let go and love her. I can’t imagine not having a fuzzy friend around….they are so much more than an animal.
    I’m not surprised that people have visited Nunu…we all loved her.

  30. pamelalovescharlie September 10, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I should stop reading the Nunu posts…my mascara gets too messy. I know how hard it must be for you 😦 I have 5 human kids and my little chihuahua Charlie, loved just as much…is my baby. (((hugs)))

  31. eb September 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Cyber((hugs))to you and Beth. Sweet doggies leave their paw-prints on our hearts.

  32. llisa September 10, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Wow… my tears are flowing big time!
    I just had to say good-bye to my 12yr old baby boy Zach 3 weeks ago and I’m still emotionally raw.
    I LOVE that folks have left toys for Nunu. So sweet.
    Hopefully your visit has helped and your heart is less heavy with grief and more filled with happy, loving memories of her.
    I also hope (soon) you can allow another furry friend into your life. You and Beth have allot of love to share and so many dogs and cats are out there just waiting for a chance to love back.
    …and I hope you have enough tissues to get through all these beautiful messages. I don’t.

    Have FUN being back on the Islands!
    Thank you for remaining so open to your fans.
    WE LOVE YOU!!!

  33. Misty September 10, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    This is very sweet, I am glad that you are able to visit and honor her as she deserves…..You guys have all of our best wishes, always

  34. ReNaTo UêGa September 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Nunu we miss you. She was an icon of love that we have for our pets.
    Hugs Jorgeman and Bethy!

  35. Randy Walters September 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Oh, my heart…

  36. Mike September 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Once again, thank you for sharing Nunu with us. Your loss highlights the love many of us have for our own pets.

    Nunu was a great rescue dog. There are millions of cats and dogs in shelters across the world. Save one and help another Nunu live.

    Take care,


  37. James Hernandez September 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Tears are welling in my eyes. Gone but certainly not forgotten.

  38. GroovyMom September 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Beautiful tribute to a lovely little soul. She really touched us all. We send you healing energy & good wishes.

    Hope your trip back to the island was a peaceful one.

  39. Curt September 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Beth and Jorge,

    I am incredibly dedicated to my dog, Duncan. I have an entire blog dedicated to the time we spend together and am constantly amazed by the joy and peace he brings to my life. I can’t imagine my life without him and was incredibly sad for you when Nunu passed. But my sadness has been overcome by the outpouring of love and support your fans have shown the two of you during that difficult time and afterward. If only we could all be so lucky. It is a testament to how profoundly she impacted your life, and in turn, how much you have touched the lives of strangers, that she is cared for and watched over. You were and continue to be blessed by her.


  40. Jeanie September 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm #


  41. dharma September 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    should i ever visit hawaii, i’m visiting nunu. what a cutie!

  42. Aparatchick September 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    It’s so hard. I’m sitting here looking at the container holding the ashes of my sweet cat who died two weeks ago. But it’s the kindness of people that helps makes the loss bearable. It’s lovely to know that Nunu is being watched over.

    Here’s to Nunu, and Buddy, and Kuro-Chan and all the pets we’ve been lucky enough to have in our lives.

  43. Jules September 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    OMG. This brings tears to my eyes. I can’t imagine my life without my dogs, so life without Nunu must be awful. 😦 I only wish I could visit her from Georgia in Hawaii and leave her doggie treats. Maybe when you get a new address I’ll send you a toy to plant at her site. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. Nunu looked like a sweet pup. 🙂

  44. Interesting September 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    It’s really interesting to read all the comments and to see how many of us lost pets recently. You’ve struck a cord with the loss of poor Nunu.

    I lost my dear Sox, a companion of almost 16 years in August. Pets are more than just pets, they are our hearts. God bless.

  45. AnnR September 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss of your little friend and companion Nunu. And I am glad you got to return to “your island” to see her final resting place. Nunu, you Jorge and Beth are very much a part of the “island” and always will be… Aloha

  46. Anastasia September 11, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Any posts about Nunu make me cry. Hopefully, I can get to Hawaii to visit her someday.

  47. Spanish Munchkin September 11, 2010 at 3:24 am #


    Just wanted to say your posts and videos of Nunu inspired us to get our Chihuahua Colville! He’s such a dude and has really similair markings to Nunu. Such amazing fun and loyal dogs. We all miss your little one but hope one day we will hear the pitter patter of four new little paws on further dispatches. I’ll sign off with the words that all Chihuahua users know all to well….

  48. john (not lennon) September 11, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    Yikes! That toy rat looks too real!
    It must be very moving for you. Aww.
    R.I.P. Nunu

  49. jackson September 11, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Nunu has come to mean so much to all of us. It made me happy that everyone remembers and still cares so much.

  50. b lost 74 September 11, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Jorge, We lost our dog 3 weeks ago. He was almost 11 and died from natural causes. We miss him very much, so I know exactly what you are going through. What I wouldn’t give for alittle more time with him. So we enjoy the memories and I am sure you do the same. They bring us such joy for such a short time.
    Such a beautiful place for Nunu to rest!

  51. Bridget September 11, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Rest in Peace sweet Nunu. I am so happy you could visit with her. Love and Hugs.

  52. devonellington September 11, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    This post is especially poignant to me right now, as my beloved Elsa died on Sept. 8.

    They make such a huge difference, and leave such a huge hole when they’re gone, don’t they?

    Best wishes to you.

  53. Jessa September 11, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Do not be surprised my friends, when you’ve come to the end of your own well lived life, if the first sight you see when you step in to the light of the other side is the excited welcoming face of your little friend. Your separation is only temporary and the reunion will be joyous.

  54. Joanna September 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I visited this cemetery a year ago, long before Nunu was a part of it. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. Nunu is in very good hands!!

  55. hello September 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    What a cute house Nunu chan has! I’d like to talk about Kuro chan who lives below Nunu chan’s house. Kuro means black color and chan is like Mr. or Miss. especially for infant in Japanese.
    She must be a black and lovable cat, I suppose.

  56. Ashley and Matthan September 12, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Jorge, We visited Nunu on September 3, 2010 and left her the big butterfly toy. Sorry about the sticks but we put it there so the butterfly wouldn’t blow away. Hope you had a nice visit back to Hawaii. We miss Nunu and Lost!

    • Jorge Garcia September 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you so much. It was very nice of you to show the girl some love.

  57. Marta September 12, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    A nice and beautiful place to be…even

  58. Ann MacKay September 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Lovely, Jorge. It’s certainly touching.

  59. disneypal September 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    What a beautiful place and how sweet of the toys that were left for her. I know you miss her everyday. My dog passed away 5 years ago and still today not an hour goes by when I don’t think of him. I’m glad you have such a beautiful place to go visit and remember her.

  60. Emily Baker September 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Jorge (and Beth!),
    It is indeed very touching that people have come to visit Nunu and be so thoughtful as to leave her such great toys! Losing a pet is very difficult, but knowing that she was SO loved is a blessing.
    Nunu was a very special pup!


  61. Kelly Deneen September 13, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss. 😦

    What a wonderful tribute to your sweet pup.

  62. Janet September 13, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    For some reason, I didn’t really cry before, but I when looking at your photos of her grave, the tears just came. Bye, Nunu. Everyone loves you still. Jorge and Beth – you will see Nunu again someday.

  63. Jeanne September 13, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    The pain of missing a loved pet sometimes seems unbearable. My heartfelt sympathy to you and Beth and
    all the others here who have recently experienced such a loss.

  64. Kathy September 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Still get very teary eye’d when I read your comments. I know it must have been difficult to visit her and remember, but she will always be in your heart, and she knows she was very loved.

  65. Marilyn September 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi, Jorge –

    Thank you for the posting the pictures of NuNu’s resting site.

    Having lost pets – it is such an enormous and incredible loss – and I send you and Beth my best wishes.

    I have some friends going over to Hawaii, and I know they’ll stop at NuNu’s spot, and leave her a little toy or something, as we will do if we ever have the good fortune of getting back there.

    Reading “The Rainbow Bridge” in NuNu’s honor.

    Take good care of each other, and now I have to go and wipe away yet more tears!


  66. Tena Lynn September 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Oh man, this is making me get a lump in my throat. I feel as though I knew Nunu back when she was just a puppy.

    Bless her~~~~and you guys, too.

  67. Erin September 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Such sweet, sad and lovely photos. Clearly Nunu was well-loved; thank you for sharing her with us.

    • Mighty Morfin September 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

      That is so sweet! Awe. So sad for your loss. Such a cute canine!!

  68. beema September 14, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    that mouse toy looks real

  69. Pkitass September 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I now have a lump in my throat and holding back my tears

  70. terry olival September 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    You may not remember me,but I would run into you around Kailua and I gave you a special catalog with little chi clothes annd objects. Also my husband showed you a chi car seat in our car.I was loving to help you find items for Nunu because we had a little duplicate of our own. Looked just like Nunu. She (Josephine) died in her sleep last night. I know they are now keeping each other company and having a good time waiting for us

    • Jorge Garcia September 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear that. I ended up getting Nunu the same car seat. She loved it and would crawl onto it even when it wasn’t in car like a little perch.

  71. Donna J September 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Awww, my heart breaks for you. I’m sure it’s a comfort to know she’s in such good company.

  72. Jess September 14, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    Over the past 3 years, I have helped to lay to rest 8 pets. None of them were mine, but they might has well have been because I loved them like they were. I was with two of them when they passed, and sent with them all the love that I could muster. Thinking of those experiences still brings tears to my eyes, but I find peace in knowing that they never really leave us. Their spirits endure and their love goes on.

    I’m glad that you have found such a beautiful way to honor your noble little friend. It touches me to know that there are others who truly care deeply for their pets.

  73. Karin K. Ivancic September 15, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    I seriously cried again when I saw this… how I loved that little one. 😦 I still have pics and videos of her on my Iphone and look at them often. She was one of a kind for sure.

  74. Heather September 15, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    I also wanted to say that my heart still aches for you and Beth. It will be almost 8 months since I lost my cat. He was 18 and had a number of health problems, and I had to make the impossible decision to let him go. I have guilt every day and wish I could have one last cuddle with him. Sometimes I think I let him go too soon, but his quality of life clearly was not good. How much suffering would he have to go through for me to be able to justify it? I didn’t want him to suffer, but I can never justify it. I miss my baby.

  75. Cheryl September 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I am very sorry to hear about NUNU. Every pet’s death is a heartache, expected or not. This was of course, a tough one. Sorry you had to see it but you were there for her in the end and that gives some comfort however hard it was for you.
    I wanted to take this time to thank you for your picture and kind words you sent, I think last year. I sent you some comments while you were on Lost a ways back, as you so remind me of someone I knew as a mom and felt your obvious kind heart. When I got your unexpected reply, I was moved that you would take the time to do that.
    You are a special person and I am sure your family is very proud. I miss seeing you regularly, so I hope there are many opportunities coming for you and we will see you often again. You have a unique quality of reaching out in the most sincere way and not many can say that in the industry. Good for you. If you are ever in Oregon, we would love to visit.
    God Bless & Keep You.

  76. Mauro September 21, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Hi Jorge, i’m very sorry for your lost about nunu.
    I created a group dedicated to nunu’s memory on facebook.!/group.php?gid=123696994331756

    Namastè 🙂

  77. Dee September 25, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Awww, what lovely gifts. It looks very peaceful over there. RIP Nunu x

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