Goodbye My Girl – This One Is For You

When the new year started, I had big plans to write and all my blog posts planned for the month of January but then life happened. We lost our sweet girl, Utah. She was only 3 years old, almost 4 (her birthday would have been in February). We found out that she had chronic kidney disease on her 1st birthday. We knew that she wouldn’t live a long life so we made sure she lived a full life.

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The older I get the less I care when life disrupts my plans. I would rather live these moments than stress about writing about them or getting everything done. Utah taught us balance. She would not allow us to go a day without some playtime or exercise. She made us laugh every day and showed us that being your unique, crazy self is the only way to live.

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She loved road trips and adventures.


We walked and traveled thousands of miles with her in just a few short years.


If there was something she could get on top of and hold court, she took every advantage.


She was an awesome big sister to Allen and taught him the ropes before she left us.

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She made us a family.

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In her last few days, she still tried to make us laugh and make everything okay for US.

We fed her all of her favorite things by hand because it was too hard for her to get up. She would only drink water from a bottle which was always one of our favorite things about her. I think she thought, if that’s how they drink water then I will too.


Keep facing the sun, lady-bird (her nickname) and we’ll see you there.


Forever in our hearts. We miss you so much. ❤️


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I'm a freelance content creator and photographer. My passion is telling stories through my photography and writing. Freelancing has allowed me to fulfill my dream of traveling alongside my freelancing husband and our rescue dog. We share our experiences on our blog offering inspiration for life and travel. We hope to stir your soul from our backyard in Minnesota to road trippin’ the US!

7 thoughts on “Goodbye My Girl – This One Is For You

  1. Feels like we had her for 15 years. Even though she lived a short life, I am so glad we took her on so many adventures. Thank for this beautiful tribute. xoxo

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your Utah, you certainly provided her with such an adventurous life.

    I think it’s good to remember while our dogs may only be with us for a short period of our lives, we are there for their entire life, and what a great one you provided for Utah.

    I’m so happy you found each other!

    Extra Cyrus hugs tonight!

    1. Oh, you’ll never know how much you helped me.. with your reply to to Utah’s owners. I just had to let my 2 rescue sisters cross the rainbow bridge… I also only had them a short time, and I knew of their illnesses….. 3 years was just not long enough. Reading your statement that we have our furkids for their entire lives, has really eased my pain of loss.. I do know that every pet I have ever had has been loved. I mourned for my own loss. I forgot that we did have them their whole life. One filled with love… family. Thank you.

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