In Loving Memory

October 25, 2016


I want to apologize for being so silent recently. It was never my intention to put aside my food writing for anything, but that all changed a week ago.

Last Monday, I learned that my dog of 11 years was suffering from kidney failure, and had a week or less to live.

For anyone who hasn’t learned this about me, I am a big time dog lover, and my cocker spaniel Carly was most definitely the light of my life. A surprise 16th birthday gift that my mom selflessly got for me to help deal with the loss of our first family dog, Carly was my first dog that I cared for completely. She was my responsibility to train, feed, love and take care of.

She was the original food fanatic, loving everything delicious she could get her paws on.

On Saturday, October 22nd, I had to say goodbye to her, and it has certainly been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do – then and every day since.

While I miss her more and more each day, I am relieved she’s no longer in pain, and can enjoy all of the most delicious treats that heaven has to offer her.

The purpose of this article isn’t to make anyone sad, but if you have a pet at home, hug them close tonight. Even though this blog is primarily about food, I couldn’t let this painful and heartbreaking time in my life go by without writing a tribute post to my best friend in the whole world.

Rest in peace, Carly. I love you, my little babe! I’ll see you again.

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  • Reply Amy October 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    It’s such a hard thing for a pet parent to do. Wishing you peace and comfort…

  • Reply Mike P. October 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I loved seeing her in the office! She was a good girl!

  • Reply Jmd October 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s never an easy decision but you did the right thing. We had to do the same for one of ours a few months ago.

  • Reply Marie October 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    So sorry about your fur baby….Carly is over the rainbow bridge and you will see her again….

  • Reply Melanie October 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Reply Kathy October 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I am thinking of you and Carly. I know how much love you both brought to each other.

  • Reply Kristine Brennan October 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    So sorry Ashley….. Rest easy Carly.. 🙁

  • Reply Kim October 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    A pet’s unconditional love and friendship are amazing. Saying goodbye stinks and is terribly painful. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Reply kelley arnold October 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I can relate to you .. sorry for your loss

  • Reply kelley October 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I can relate to you .. sorry for your loss

  • Reply llcwine October 26, 2016 at 8:18 am

    So very sorry for your loss and it is not an easy thing to do… will get easier…that I can assure you….it just takes time.

  • Reply Peggie October 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Love your blog and feel your pain on this one. So sorry.

  • Reply Alysse Jacobs October 31, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    My family lost two dogs this past year and nothing is worse. My thoughts are with you during this terrible time. Do what you need to help yourself go on.

  • Reply dneale November 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Now go out and rescue one that needs someone like you. You might not be ready, but your next dog is. Sorry for your loss.

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