Anyone who’s a fan of dancer/actress Julianne Hough or just high-profile dogs in general has surely heard of her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Lexi and Harley. These pretty ladies have been on TV, in magazines, and all over Instagram. Plus, they are beyond cute.
Hough once gushed to Us Weekly about her beloved fur daughters.
“My girls have very strong, distinct personalities. Lexi’s the active, social one while Harley likes to chill. We always say Lexi is human because she can sense emotions — if you’re upset, she will snuggle and comfort you.”
Clearly Hough’s dogs were a huge part of her very busy life. In fact, she was just 21 years old when she first adopted Lexi.
On Saturday, October 12th, Hough and her husband hockey player Brooks Laich suddenly revealed through Instagram posts that their two beloved pups had passed.
“Thank you for being my babies, my daughters. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for teaching me how to be your mother.”
Lexi and Harley both died September 28th. Lexi, the Blenheim, was 11-years-old and Harley, the Tri-Color, was 8.
The couple declined to provide a cause of death for either dog.
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Pure love is real, it existed through us. My heart expanded and felt the truth of what is possible. I am forever grateful. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being my babies, my daughters. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for teaching me how to be your mother. Thank you for allowing me to give and receive love. Thank you for your kisses. Thank you for your blessings every single minute of every single day. Thank you for your souls. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for letting me protect you. Thank you for protecting each other. Thank you for the timeless memories. Thank you for your magic. Thank you for being the most consistent and constant beings in my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being my guardians on this earth and even more so now. I’ve never experienced a love like ours. I miss you I love you forever Now You Are Free Lexi July 21 2008 – September 28 2019 Harley March 28 2011 – September 28 2019
As someone who wasn’t even their momma but got to know and love them through Instagram, this is heartbreaking! These two sweeties have been the real stars of Hough’s Instagram for a long time.
I remember getting choked up at the photos of a snuggly Lexi comforting her mama after she went through surgery.
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#FBF to when I had my first laparoscopy for my Endometriosis back in 2008 when my angel baby LEXI 🐶 was only a few months old. Cut to (SWIPE RIGHT👉🏼) 9 years later and not much has changed… except the size of her little head 🙂 My second laparoscopy for my Endometriosis was over the holidays and of course, who was right by my side? My guardian angel Lexi. Who else feels like their dog is their guardian angel? Tell me your stories about your angels! LEXI always knows when I’m sick, feeling sad, or when I need her, and I don’t even know it… Dogs are just incredible!!! I love my Lexi soooo much!!!! #dogsarelife #somedogsarehumans #gaurdianangel #soulmate #endometriosis #harleymatterstoo 📷: @marriannhough ‘08 📷: @brookslaich ‘17
Hough certainly never held back when it came to posting about her dogs. Surely all of us dog parents on Instagram can relate.
Hough would also regularly bring her two Cavies to work with her. They even guest-starred in an episode of ‘America’s Got Talent’ when an animal psychic read their thoughts! (Harley didn’t have much patience for that, and neither did the judges.)
Laich, who officially married into the family in 2017, shared how devastating the dogs’ passing is to the couple.
“Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such.”
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It is with the heaviest heart that I share with you the passing of our beloved dogs Lexi and Harley. Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken. Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such. They were the purest example of love that I have ever seen. They showed me that true love did exist in the world. The way they loved their mom @juleshough and the way she loved them back was the first time I knew that there was hope for me to have love in my life. And they accepted me into their little family, and helped me become a dad for the first time. The past 2 weeks have been filled with tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. The immense pain we feel by their loss is due to the overwhelming love we had for them. Every single beautiful part of them will be missed, but we trust that they are in a better place now, and can still feel their presence in our hearts. I want to thank the many people who have helped see us through the past 2 weeks. The outpouring of love and support we have received from our family and friends has helped heal our hearts. I am eternally grateful for everyone who has held space for my wife and I to grieve and mourn. There are too many names to list, but you all know who you are, and know that we couldn’t have made it through this without each and everyone of you. In the most sincere way possible, thank you very much. Thank you to @kristysowin, @derekhough, and @camilaforeroo for going above and beyond what we could ever imagine asking of you. There simply are no words to express our gratitude, we love you deeply and are so grateful for you. Thank you to my wife for allowing me to share in their world, and trusting me to be their dad. I wasn’t perfect, but I loved them with every ounce of my heart. And thank you Lexi and Harley, for teaching me grace, softening my heart, and showing me love. You are perfect, and may you Rest In Peace. ❤️🐶🐼🐺💑❤️
Losing loved ones is never easy, no matter how many times your candids have appeared in People.
Hough and Laich, though heartbroken, appear to be extremely grateful for the time they did get with their little gals.
“And thank you Lexi and Harley, for teaching me grace, softening my heart, and showing me love. You are perfect, and may you Rest In Peace.”
Though this is a tragic event, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich are shedding light on how significant the loss of a dog can be and that mourning, however publicly, is okay.
Rest in peace Lexi and Harley!
H/T: USA Today
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