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. Liz Ness

    2013-06-26 14:23:10 -0400

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this news, Ali. Hugs to you and your family. She was such a friendly dog and I know how close you were. I'm sending you love and thinking of you today, for sure.

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  2. Jonda

    2013-06-26 14:44:47 -0400

    I'm so sorry for your loss! She's so beautiful!

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  3. Kathleen S

    2013-06-26 15:47:21 -0400

    They squirm right into your heart and life, and the bond is permanent. We lost our husky two years ago, and we still miss her presence. Having a dog is one of life's blessings, and yours was Lily.

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  4. Stacey

    2013-06-26 19:17:13 -0400

    So sorry for your loss. She was lucky to have such a great home. My thoughts are with you and your family as you try to heal the hole that is now in your hearts. RIP Lily :-(

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  5. Jill

    2013-06-26 19:31:33 -0400

    Losing a pet is so hard... nothing anyone can say will help... prayers for you for healing is all i can offer... they are just like family...

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  6. Jen Pitta

    2013-06-26 19:50:53 -0400

    Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's amazing the sixth sense dogs have about humans going through trials and tribulations -- they always seem to know when you need a little extra love. It sounds like she had a wonderful life.

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  7. Kim S (nerdgrl)

    2013-06-27 00:19:10 -0400

    Ali, Simon, and Anna: I'm so so very sorry for your loss. I'm in tears writing this as I know I will have to go through this experience in the near future...our Steffi girl is 13.5 and definitely slowing down. No words of wisdom, just hugs.

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  8. Sonia A. Mascaro

    2013-06-27 00:30:45 -0400

    I am so sorry for your loss. So sad...

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  9. kate

    2013-06-27 04:00:46 -0400

    Dear Ali and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved lily, she was so beautiful in all her photos, l am shedding a few tears as l write, knowing how hard it is to lose a pet, cos they are not just pets are they, love to you all

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  10. Angie

    2013-06-27 08:27:00 -0400

    I just read this, and I am so very sorry. I know how hard losing an animal baby is. They are our family. <3 Much love for Lily, and for you all.

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  11. Renee Hoffer

    2013-06-27 08:58:40 -0400

    Dear Ali, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I, too, have a black lab who gets a little more gray with each passing day and is a bit more hesitant to follow up and down the stairs--he waits by the steps but just doesn't have the desire to climb them anymore.

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  12. Karen

    2013-06-27 11:10:58 -0400

    HUGS Ali!! It is so hard to lose such a beloved friend and member of the family.

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  13. Candace

    2013-06-27 11:43:59 -0400

    Ali, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Lily. So many of my friends are going thru the same thing...it seems we all found our fur babies around the same time (wanting a little practice before starting full blown families). It is so hard to see them aging...my boxer Riley will be 10 this September!

    I'm glad to hear that Lily was able to enjoy her last days and know that she was loved so much by her family. My heart goes out to you and the kids. I hope you are surrounded by happy memories with her...

    Thinking of you!

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  14. tara pollard pakosta

    2013-06-27 13:55:50 -0400

    I am so sorry, I know how faithful she was to you, just by your blog posts/pix. she was beautiful and God knew when you needed her most. I am so happy though for how your life is so happy and you seem happier than ever and content. rest in peace beautiful Lily girl.....
    tara

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  15. Laura M

    2013-06-28 11:15:53 -0400

    Ali, I'm so sorry for your loss. Dogs really do hold a special place in our hearts.

    I love how Lily was there for you during the time you needed her most. Isn't it amazing how dogs just know?

    Thinking of you.

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  16. Susan C

    2013-06-28 16:56:13 -0400

    Rest in peace, Sweet Lily Girl.

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  17. Christine

    2013-06-28 20:18:59 -0400

    I am so sorry. Fur babies are like children. I dread the day I lose mine...

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  18. Linda

    2013-06-28 21:56:16 -0400

    Ali, our pets are family too, and it's so hard to lose one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Cherish your memories!

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  19. Lisa

    2013-07-01 10:45:40 -0400

    I'm sorry about Lily. If you can work/drive and listen to a story at the same time I recommend Marlie. Listening to it is so much better, and what the author says about dogs at the end is so cool.
    Also, I think you would really really like a boxer. They look mean, but are the sweetest babies ever. Smart, good with kids,loyal...

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  20. Michele M.

    2013-07-05 13:14:50 -0400

    So sorry to hear about your sweet Lily-girl's passing. I remember reading that post in 2011 about her and how much she means to you. Thinking of you as you adjust to life without her always at your feet. :(

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  21. Maureen

    2013-07-06 01:30:57 -0400

    Ali, your post about Lily touched me as I lost my dog, Sam, at the very old age of 20. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a family member. Sending you a big huge hug and woof!

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  22. Project Life 2013 | Week Twenty-Five | Ali Edwards

    2013-07-08 06:00:43 -0400

    [...] Worked. Packed. Drove kids to the coast. Dinner with Aaron, Katie & Peter. Attended the Your Story Retreat in Gearheart, Oregon. Said goodbye to Lily. [...]

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  23. Lusi

    2013-07-09 18:04:38 -0400

    Ali, sorry to read about Lily's passing. I remember reading about when she was ill a couple of years ago and prayed she's pull through then. Love to you all as you continue to miss her and remember her xx

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  24. Lisa

    2013-07-12 07:55:50 -0400

    Ali, I am so sorry to hear of Lily's passing. They are much loved family members who are missed as deeply as others. I do indeed think they come to us for a reason, and I am so thankful for our chocolate lab Carly. She has been with us for the best times and the worst times, and I can't imagine life without her. Whether it's right away or after awhile, I hope you find another sweet puppy to love. They bring so much to our lives. Big hugs to you and the kids.

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  25. Paola Norman

    2013-07-16 13:17:53 -0400

    Dear Ali, I'm so sorry you lost beloved pet. My heart aches for you. Iam glad that she was able to bring so much happiness and joy to you and your family. May she always be remembered in your heart. Hugs.

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