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"My heart hurts! We lost our beautiful beloved Santino! I was with him when he passed and it was very peaceful. He was ready. He was the most loving, gentle, good natured dog. His tail was always wagging and he was always giving kisses," Jacqueline wrote. "He was the perfect puppy for our family. He will be greatly missed, but we’re glad to know he’s at peace now. He was almost 12 1/2 years old! My chubby puppy… I’ll love and miss you always."
Jacqueline's daughter Ashlee Holmes Malleo also posted a sweet tribute to the dog and shared many sweet memories of Santino.
"Santino Laurita passed away yesterday at the age of 12 and 1/2. He went peacefully with my Mom by his side. He was ready to go. It kills me that I wasn’t able to be there with them, but I was able to say my goodbyes via FaceTime. My heart hurts so much. I cried all day yesterday, and my eyes are swelling up again now as I type this. Santino was the best. He was just so full of love. The most chill dog on the planet. The fattest of fatties. His tail was always wagging. (He also snored louder than most adult men, and made sounds like a warthog. But it’s fine.) He was the best. He was ours. Santino saw me through so many chapters in my life, and he loved me unconditionally through them all. He was always there. He was protective of me and my stomach throughout my pregnancy, and he later had an amazing bond with Cameron," she wrote. "Cam had a way of bringing the puppy side of Santino out again. He was the goodest boy. My chonky mush, I will miss you forever. You were so so loved. I hope you’re able to steal some chicken nuggets from people wherever you are now my fat mans."
Ashlee also shared some moments from the below video featuring Santino and offered some sweet behind-the-scenes memories from the Season 4 video that gave Santino the chance to share his humorous take on all the drama he's witnessed over the years on RHONJ.
"I look like hell because I've been crying, so sorry. I remember when that video came out, we were all having a debate over what Santino's voice would actually sound like," Ashlee shared on Instagram Stories about the video. "That voice is not Santino; it doesn't fit him, but it was still funny."
Ashlee then thanked fans for sending support and added "if you have a pet go give them a hug and a kiss."
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