MANGO – a very special soul in the body of an Australian Shepherd, enriched all of our lives for eleven years.
Mango was funny, intelligent, curious, stubborn, determined, cuddly and lovable.
He loved good French cheese and watermelon and hated bull dogs and getting shampooed.
Adam got him as a fluff ball of a puppy ~ and loved him passionately from the get go. Mango and Adam were inseparable during Adam’s high school years. Overall, Mango had a pretty blessed life.
In Chicago, Mango loved the winters and especially the snow and the cold weather. We went almost every weekend with him and Dwayne to the nature reserve which served as a huge dog park. He had a passion for fishing around the circumference of the small lake and in winter would go running, sliding and skating on top of the frozen lake with Dwayne.
When we (Peta and Ben), moved to Nicaragua, and Adam went to college, Mango and Dwayne moved with us. They both had to adjust to life in a tropical climate, just as we did. Life was definitely infinitely more interesting but it was also much hotter. Many trips to the beach, crater lake, Lake of Nicaragua and dips in our pool as well as buzz haircuts, helped Mango to deal with the heat.
When we lived In Granada Nicaragua, Mango was a well loved “celebrity” and could not walk down the street without people calling out to him constantly…. “Mango, Mango” or “osso” (bear) or “Mangito” or “peluche” (teddy bear.)
Mango’s best bud was Dwayne, whom he picked out from the shelter in Chicago as his mate, many years before. The two of them were a team and stuck together over the years, often accomplices in crime.
Mango loved Adam, his primary human connection, first and foremost. Ben and Oren second, with Peta coming in third.
Recently we finally managed to get Mango and Dwayne back home to Chicago after a long saga of an ordeal with airlines, crates and dollars. We arranged temporary homes for them when they first arrived.
Tragically, and heartbreaking for us, Mango got very ill and died soon after he returned home.
He will always be loved and remembered by all of us.
Rest in peace, Mango.
Photos from Chicago…..
Mango was a wonderful caregiver to many little kittens that we fostered back to health. On separate occasions 2 of our cats got lost. It was Mango the detective who managed to find them for us.