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For The Love Of Sweet Lily Girl

Our sweet Lily girl passed away peacefully yesterday after an awesome last run on the beach she loved so much.

She was the most fabulous friend and we will miss her everyday. She had a wonderfully full life during her 12+ years with us. She especially loved going hunting with Chris or my Dad, running on the beach, and hanging out with me in my office.

She was my constant companion and was by my side during all the best and most challenging times. I had the thought today that maybe she stayed around (she was very sick in the summer of 2011 but pulled through) to be with me during the time I needed her most.

I am so thankful she was a part of my life.

Love you Lily girl. Thank you.

See more photos and read a post from 2011 about her story here.

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  1. dawn says…
    06/24/2013

    Ali, I'm sorry for you loss, these pictures of her are perfect and gorgeous! How lucky for you both to have been friends and be together so long. Love and prayers for you and the family.

    I was just thinking about how Lucky I was this weekend to have my dog, will be 3 in August. She too is my companion and follows me everywhere and is squeezed under my chair now as I type this. Funny even though too big but still has to lay under my chair and at my feet.

    Thank you for sharing her with us and will miss seeing pictures of her on your blog and in your Project Life. Maybe you could make a little book about her for the kids to have.

    HUGS
    Dawn

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  2. Jo-Anne from ZA says…
    06/24/2013

    Ah Ali i am so so sorry to hear about your dear Lily. They just become so much part of the family and i am sure she will be missed everyday. Lucky for Lily she had a scrapbooking Mom so i am sure there are PLENTY of awesome photos around to cherish her memory!!

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  3. Meredith says…
    06/24/2013

    Oh, Ali...
    My constant companion passed away in Oct of 2005 and I can still feel what it was like to let him go. If they could have taken the life-force out of my husband and gave it to my dog, I would have done it. I now have to beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they live to love, but I don't think I will ever type or say his name without a lump in my throat.

    I'm wishing your family the best, but my heart is going out to the one who will her most.

    Meredith

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  4. Chloe says…
    06/24/2013

    So very sorry for your loss.. we lost one of our dogs in February in a car accident, and the grief is just awful. Thinking of you x

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  5. Alida says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry to hear that Ali. Sad that these awesome companions don't live as long as us humans do. (Just realised recently that our Spaniel is approaching midlife and that in the same nr of years that we've had her, she'll be quite old.) Looks like Lily had a full and happy life.

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  6. Kris says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry for the the loss of Lily. What nice of photos of her---

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  7. JennyB says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry for your loss, Ali. I hope that you and your family are comforted by your memories of Lily. We lost our 12 year old dog Abby last month after a long illness. Gratitude for the blessings we have been given helps so much in healing the sorrow that comes with loss.

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  8. Linda says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry to hear about Lily. Our dog Merlin passed away last week, and we miss him terribly! They really pull at your heart strings don't they? Take care.

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  9. audra says…
    06/24/2013

    Ali, so sorry for your loss. HUGS...

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  10. Rosa M. Neno D.O. says…
    06/24/2013

    My deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort go out to you today. Lily was true blue. I cant get over how she looks so much like our Bubba.(Black Lab & German shepherd mix.) Wishing you peace.

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  11. Joan says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry for your loss Ali. Dogs are such intuitive creatures, such loyal friends, and their loss leaves a void, for sure. Perhaps you'll have another someday, but Lily will live on in your hearts as a unique and special individual. May your memories be a comfort. oxoxoxo

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  12. quietangelsb says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry for your loss

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  13. Brooke says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry to read about the loss of Lily. It sounds like she went the best way she could and was a true companion. I remember seeing her pillow in your office and thinking it was sweet that she could be so close as you work. Thoughts are with you.

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  14. Jil says…
    06/24/2013

    So sad for you, Ali. Dogs weave their way into our hearts so thoroughly that it is deeply painful to be without them suddenly. It's an amazing kind of love. I agree with your point that she likely stayed around longer so she could be with you when you needed her most.

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  15. APRIL NOWOTNY says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry for your loss of sweet Lily. It's never easy loosing a new pets. Sending prayers of comfort your way.

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  16. Laura says…
    06/24/2013

    Ali, I am so sorry for you and your children. Are you aware of the book "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Ryland? She also has a "Cat Heaven" book. As hard as it is to lose a pet, it can be so hard for children to understand. As I write, my guy Nigel lays on my feet. We lost our girl, Nelllie last fall. She had an awesome day of playing and running and eating while battling some form of cancer. We chose comfort measures only. She dropped in front of my daughter and I, and went peacefully. Our pets are such a precious gift. The saying 'I wish to be the person my dog thinks I am' always gives me pause. God bless Lily. You, Simon and Anna are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  17. Laura Moegenburg says…
    06/24/2013

    Ali,

    I am so sorry. Dogs are the best friends a person can have, their whole life is dedicated to making yours a better one. Godspeed Lily.

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  18. Kristine s says…
    06/24/2013

    I am sorry....may her memories keep livin

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  19. Amy Myers says…
    06/24/2013

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Lily. Many hugs for you.

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  20. Beverly says…
    06/24/2013

    It is always so hard to lose a trusted and loved friend. Love and prayers for you and for those who loved Lily.

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  21. Shirley says…
    06/24/2013

    Oh Ali,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. We lost our beloved lab just before Christmas last year and it was heartbreaking. Sending hugs to you and your family.

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  22. Sue says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry Ali. Lily seemed to be just a lovely dog and the perfect fit for your family. Just know that she is running and playing pain free forever!

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  23. heathergw says…
    06/24/2013

    so sorry for your loss, Ali (((hugs)))

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  24. Jean marmo says…
    06/24/2013

    It is never easy to lose a pet. M sorry for your loss.

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  25. Pamela in Finland says…
    06/24/2013

    So sorry, Ali. I love our dog so much and I know how you must feel.

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