Losing My Louie

Hi everyone. I hope this blog post finds you and your families well and healthy.

I felt it necessary to reach out to you all to share a tremendous loss that I, my husband, and my children suffered just a few weeks ago.

Our precious Yorkie, Louie, passed away on June 11th. He was almost 16 years old, my constant companion, best friend, and the little furry love of my life. My kids and I brought Louie home when I was a single mom, and he was only 8 weeks old. He was the cutest puppy we had ever seen. When I met my husband 10 years ago, he fell head over heels in love with Louie, and their precious bond filled my heart with so much happiness.

Over the years, he has brought us so much joy, unconditional love, laughter and comfort, so losing him has been incredibly painful…especially for me, as he was by my side all of the time.

There has been a very challenging amount of change over this past month, as we finally sold our home and needed to pack it up very quickly to accommodate the buyers. The whole experience was very difficult, then right in the middle of all of this, my precious boy left us…

For those of us who have loved and had animals as family members our whole lives, losing any of them is so so painful. It’s the loss of a life that loves you unconditionally, and can make you feel better no matter how hard your day has been. Having a precious little buddy to care for each and every day, made me feel less lonely when my husband traveled for work, and now that my kids are grown and have moved away. I never felt alone with Louie by my side.

I believe many people don’t talk about the grief we feel after losing a pet, and how truly devastating this can be, but I think having a great support system is so important. Finding those who truly love and understand your pain is critical, and there is no short cut to getting through grief. You just have to take each minute, hour and day one step at a time.

I’ll be taking a few weeks to myself before I get back to my blog, so I wanted you all to know…

As always, I’m very grateful for your love and support.


“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.”  – Erica Jong




  1. Mom says:

    I am so very sorry for the pain you are feeling over the loss of sweet Louie. No one could have been a better mom to your furry baby. You were the kind of mother to him that you are to your other babies. I’m sure he just knew who he was choosing when he was looking for a mama. You gave him a life of love and comfort. Just know that little Louie is still surrounded by love with lots of family to take care of him.

    1. Lizzie says:

      Thank you for your love and support, Mama xo

  2. Carol Wilkinson says:

    Louie won the dog lottery when he found you. I have felt the pain over losing a pet, and it is so horrible. Thinking of you and Mike during this tough time as you grieve.

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Carol..thank you so much for your kind note. I know you understand the pain of losing a pet too…it’s truly awful and so tough to get through..I’m definitely not myself these days….xo

  3. Joyce Baker says:

    Hi Liz,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Chris and I totally feel your pain. We lost our pup of 15 years in January and just can’t seem to get over it. Thinking of you. “Hi to Michael “
    Joyce and Chris

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Joyce, Thanks so much for your kind message. I am so very sorry that you lost your precious dog too. It’s such a painful thing to experience, and I am still feeling it each and every day. Sending you and Chris lots of hugs and well wishes…Take good care..

  4. Teresa says:

    I’m so sorry for your lose and pain you are feeling. You gave him lots of love and happiness. He filled your heart with love. Louie knows how much you love him. He’s an Angel with wings and he’s watching over you and your family. I have cats and they are twins. Kai and Dottie. My hubby and I got them in 2002 when they were just 3 weeks old. I had to put Dottie to rest 2 days after Christmas because her little body was shutting down. Her kidneys had shut down. She was 17. Her twin brother Kai is doing ok, he will be 18 this month on the 20th. They are my spoiled babies. Dottie was always right there with me. She was just a little bitty babbie, she wasn’t very big. Every night when I would get ready for bed she would already be in bed on my pillow waiting for me. She would always snuggle on my pillow and she stayed there until I got up in the morning. She was my snuggle bug. I feel your loss and your pain. Thinking of you. Love, Teresa I hope you don’t mind me sharing my story.

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Teresa. Thank you so much for your kind words of love and support. It sounds like you can relate to exactly what I am feeling. I am so very sorry for your loss too. Nobody really talks about the pain of losing a pet, but it’s been weighing so heavily on me that I needed to express it. Your beautiful sentiments are so appreciated. Thinking of you too with love and peace..xo

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