Missing Fernando

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss this funny little guy. I’ve been working on writing Fernando’s story but it’s taking some time. It’s not easy looking at his photos and it’s even more difficult writing about him. I still have those moments when I cannot believe he’s gone. I know he had a wonderful 16 months with us, but of course, that’s never enough. Fernando helped heal my heart after losing Harley, and I helped heal his after many years of abuse. We had a very special connection and I’ll share more about that in the very near future. Meanwhile, it’s so important to me that his memory stays alive.

Love, Rudi


  1. I miss him too and love hearing about him, seeing photos …share more when you’re able…we need his memory and spirit to continue

  2. You are right, it’s not enough time no matter how long we have them. Sending you my love and support as you write Fernando’s story. I’m looking forward to reading it <3

  3. Love you, Rudi Taylor. Fernando was a blessing in so many ways. As always….thank you for sharing him with us, and know that we are ALL better for knowing and learning from Zoie, Harley and Fernando. And let’s not forget Teddy and all he does. It’s 2018….let’s put an end to puppy mills….for good! ❤ With love from our house to yours…..

    • I was just reading your post about missing Fernando. Just wanted to send this back your way. I so enjoyed reading the story of Fernando, my Tango and the blue shirt. It gives me Comfort and Hope. I know there is really nothing right now that can heal your heart and the hole that is in it at the passing of Fernando. Losing him a year after losing Harley…… I don’t think I could deal with it. But please know….. I have a little yellow dog who is so proud to wear Fernando’s favorite blue shirt and does his best to try to continue the legacy that Zoie, Harley and Fernando started. Please know that Tango (all of us) is doing what he can in remembrance of Fernando and I hope that gives you a little bit of comfort. Love you, Rudi Taylor and Dan. As always… Thanks for you for all that you do.

  4. All I see when I look at Fernando’s pictures is love….He was just a ray of sunshine walking among us…. still is really…. Even so, this brought tears to my eyes…he should have had years with you (and us)…. We should all be so blessed as to have angels like Harley and Fernando share their lives, however short, with us…. <3 :'( <3

  5. I’m so sorry for the loss of precious Fernando. (He looks so cute in the photos…love the ties) Ginger, Frankie and I will keep him in our hearts forever. Sending prayers for you and your family. RIP and fly free, Fernando.

  6. Hard to forget that sweet little face – a watching him learn to become part of a family

  7. We will never forget Fernando. He is special little guy that is just so cute and adorable! Miss you Fernando! Love you! ❤️🐶🐾

  8. I never met him but I have tears coming down. So glad he had a loving home….Sure miss his little face….I will always miss him!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hi Rudi, Fernando was so special. I remember you telling a story about how if you disturbed him when he was tired or sleeping he would growl and go into attack mode. That made me laugh so much because my Coco does the same thing. Please keep sharing stories about him. we love to read them. <3

  10. His beautiful spirit shines through. Thank you for doing all you do,Rudi. You are an angel and an inspiration to me.
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
    Let’s not stop until these horrible puppy mills are history!

  11. Fernando was my favorite since Harley passed. I often wished he was mine to snuggle. Unfortunately, we live in Delaware, too far away. I would love to know Fernando’s story. Thanks for loving these poor dogs. Harley’s fund is my top animals cause.

  12. Oh dear, I did not realize Fernado had crossed the rainbow bridge. He seemed as sweet as Harley. I rescued a 5 year old puppy mill female who is a small beagle. She too was abused. Blind from a detached retina from blunt force trauma, need I say more. She has been with us for 3 months now, and is the love of our lives. gentle little lady that she is. she has scars all over her from being mistreated. I know the love you feel for your rescue family.

  13. Thank you for giving him a wonderful 16 months and now he’s in heaven with Harley. Take the time you need to grieve. We are all still here with you.

  14. I will never forget Fernando’s face, he was adorable! It’s always so hard to let our fur babies go, you gave him all the love he deserved during his time with you. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  15. They are never with us long enough! Fernando forever in our hearts! 🐾❤️💖

  16. ..precious little angel boy FERNANDO..
    ..so missed..
    ..so loved..

    ..”dogs lives are too short..
    …their only fault really.”

  17. Aww, what a sweet boy. How could anyone ever forget that sweet innocent face. 16 months is not a very long time, 16 years would never be enough time with him . But memories and photos are powerful things that you can hold onto forever. I can’t wait to hear the stories and antics you will share with all of us when you are ready, though we never knew him personally, we knew and loved him through photos and posts that you are kind enough to share. Relating those stories will be comforting and healing but heartbreaking as well. Just know he had the best 16 months of his life with you. ❤️🐾🐾

  18. Rudi….. I was just reading your post about missing Fernando. I know there is really nothing right now that can heal your heart and the hole that is in it at the passing of Fernando. Losing him a year after losing Harley…… I don’t think I could deal with it. But please know….. I have a little yellow dog who is so proud to wear Fernando’s favorite blue shirt and does his best to keep tbe communication going about tbe horror of puppy mills. Let 2018 be the year of no more puppy mills. Please know that, as with Harley, Fernando changed all of our lives. He will never be forgotten nor will the conversation ever stop until all puppy mills are shut down. Love to you, Rudi Taylor and Dan. Thoughts and prayers with you always.

  19. Sweet Fernando. Never to be forgotten. He had a good life with you and Dan, Rudi. Just was his time. He’s running free with Harley and all the others…no pain, no fear. And his memories of you giving him a better life.

  20. What actually happened to Fernando? I somehow missed his passing and read something after the fact. So sorry for yet another loss in your family.

  21. Rudi and Dan, I’m so sorry for your loss!! I think of Fernando often!! Y’all didn’t have him long but you gave him the BEST life he ever had in the short time you had him. He knew love and tenderness for the first time and that wiped away all that he went through once the walls came down. He touched many life’s and was a little trooper!! Keeping y’all in prayer. Much love and BIG HUGS! 💕💜💕 Tami and Lucky

  22. Miss you Fernando!! Loved your bowties!! Thank you for taking him into your family!! I appreciate you sharing him with us like you did Harley!! I love animals. I hate puppy mills!! I hate when dogs have had a horrible life from the start. My wish for all of them is to have a good life & a loving family. Every dog deserves that!! Bless you Rudi & Dan.

  23. I am so sorry. I know how difficult it is to lose someone so precious. Out pets are family, and now he’ll be with Harley. 🐾🐾💙🐾🐾

    Sent from my iPad

  24. It’s that Nando got to wake up 5,840 times knowing someone loved him. He was and always will be loved and remembered because of what you, Dan and that dear one Harley started. He will be at the bridge along with all the others. Rudi you better hope dog food is free on the other side or your gonna need a lot of helpers! God bless you and God bless Dog! <3 Lynn, Sam & Meme

    • Lynn Shoudy….I love your post. We all miss Harley, and we all miss Fernando……. But the way you expressed your feelings in your post…. Gives me a chance to smile for a change while remembering. I know it probably did the same for Rudi Taylor and Dan. I hope so… ❤

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