Rachael Ray broke the sad news to fans on Wednesday that her and her husband John M. Cusimano are mourning the loss of their beloved dog, Isaboo. She revealed in an Instagram post that he died peacefully in their backyard this week.
“Our beloved Isaboo passed today in her backyard in the sun in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In our arms. Peacefully,” she wrote alongside a gallery of photos of the dog.
She continued, “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.”
She added, “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.
Ray concluded by saying that they plan on getting another dog soon:
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.
Her husband also shared a message on Instagram: “@Rachaelray and I lost our beloved #Isaboo today. She was our joy and had a long and beautiful life. We will miss her so much.”
Aside from this most recent sad news, Ray previously talked about how her and Cusimano are staying busy during quarantine.
“We do IGTV every week at least once, sometimes two or three times. And then there’s the stuff we do for everyone else at their request from The View to interviews to Extra, Earth Day specials, on and on,” she told PEOPLE.
“Then we are busy working on philanthropic efforts, in board meetings, typing recipes, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, ironing and processing the groceries every day,” she continued.
“I can legitimately say I think that John and I work harder here at home than we have worked in the city in years. It’s 24/7!”