We all know Rachel Ray as the famous Food Network chef from 30 Minute Meals. Though they have no children of their own, Ray and husband John Cusimano have been the proud parents of fur babies for years and are highly supportive in the reacue dog community.
In 2005 after losing their dog named Boo unexpectedly, the couple adopted a red nosed pitbull named Isaboo.
They had nothing but love for this pup and in fact, Ray has been quoted as saying she cooked every meal for Isaboo from scratch. No expense was spared when it came to her precious pooch and in a profile from ref="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/dining/rachael-ray-cooking.html" target="_self" rel="dofollow"> the New York Times , the chef revealed that she spends more than $80,000 for a private jet so her pit bull, Isaboo, can travel to Italy with her and her husband.
The name Isaboo is a combination of Rachael’s favorite girl’s name, Isabella and the name of her first pup, Boo.
When the couple renewed their vows on their 10th anniversary in Tuscany, Isaboo was right there with them.
Rachel even has her own rescue called Rachael’s Rescue that was created for all of the forgotten pets, ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. Through 2016 they have donated more than $14 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations.
On May 20, 2020 Ray broke the news to fans that her and Cusimano are mourning the loss of their beloved dog, Isaboo.
Isaboo died peacefully, in their arms.
In a touching Instagram post Rachel Ray writes:
"Our beloved Isaboo passed today in her backyard in the sun in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In our arms. Peacefully.
To my fellow Americans, we’ve lost more than 90,000 human lives and over 300,000 of our global citizens. We all feel disconnected and so many are suffering right now.
And today @johnmcusimano and I mourn the loss of a dog; a pitbull who taught us more about unconditional love, empathy, and understanding of one another than we could have ever imagined.
If you have room in your heart, your home, and your budget, I say from experience that bringing an animal in need into your home can help you become a better human being. #northshoreanimalleague @animalleague
We will open our home and our hearts to another animal in need, because that is what Izzy would want.
We’ll miss her sense of humor. Her Wile E Coyote-ness. Her energy and her game-on attitude. She was a fighter.
In the weeks to come you may even spot her as she was our only audience for the shows we’ve been producing from our home during this strange time. We just felt it right to share that this was the day she left this world and we hope we see her in the next.
Our life will be a little less sweet without our Isaboo."
Her husband shared a photo too, saying "She was our joy and had a long and beautiful life. We will miss her so much."
Rest in peace Isaboo.