in loving memory of my sweet lucy.
by victoria comment


in memory of lucy / sfgirlbybay

some of you may have seen my instagram this week, but if not, i’m sorry to share with you that i lost lucy, my companion of ten lovely, but too short years, and my only daily companion since this same time last year. she never whined about that, she never complained, she just hung out with me in this pandemic quarantine, offering endless comfort, unconditional love, friendship, and quite naturally, a relentless request for treats. i’m so glad i always indulged lucy, aka lucy goosey or goose, or a favorite of mine: madame von soft paws (a loving nickname one of her favorite dog walkers suzie dubbed her). in return, it feels like she gave me a lifetime’s worth of love. my cottage is so quiet now. no morning muppet attack to get me out of bed. no tipppy tap tippy tap of her nails come hithering to beg me for one more treat before bedtime. just the sound of my own whimpering at a loss felt way too early. i thought we’d have many more years together. our animals just never live as long as we’d like them to. someone once told me that dogs arrive here already so wise they just don’t live as long as we do because they already know everything we need to learn. i think that might be true.

in the words i’ve always loved, penned by w.h. auden:

She was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

in memory of lucy / sfgirlbybay

thank you for all the love and well wishes you sent her way after i posted last week. we both felt them deeply and i’ve read them all. i’m sorry if i haven’t replied but it’s a little hard at the moment but every one of them has brought me comfort. i know so many of you can relate to loss of our dear little beasts. i’m having a hard time getting a grip right at this moment, so i’ll be taking a short break and be back soon.

xo, victoria

78 responses to “in loving memory of my sweet lucy.”

  1. Devastated. Every Single Time a friend has to leave. I feel it, because I know it. So sorry Victoria, May Lucy guide your way forward and bring you a new friend should you want one. Shattering, but the love never leaves us.

  2. i commented on instagram but again, i’m so so sorry, victoria. I lost two of my boys a few years ago to cancer, a few months apart- one of them was named cooper :) – and was just gutted. so feel for you now. sending you love and light. take good care of yourself. ❤️

  3. I am so sorry to hear the loss of your beautiful Lucy…
    My little love Tao is 14yrs old & i have been looking after him since his accident last January & have had to teach him all the basics again, I can’t even imagine what it would be like without him in my life.
    Sending you Love & Best Wishes for this terribly sad time. x

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet. Our dog comes and cuddles me daily and she is so loving and kind, it breaks my heart to think that some day she will no longer do so. But it is infinitely rewarding when you realise that the love works both ways. A loving dog is that way because it is loved. When we got our dog she was a skinny barking bundle of anxiety, now she is a couragous tiny loving powerhouse.
    Don’t feel bad if you get another pet, that pet will never replace the one you lost, these things can co-exist. ❤️

  5. The loss of a furry friend is so hard. Sending you wishes of comfort and peace. Lucy lived her best life with your care.

  6. I am so saddened by your loss. What a lovely girl your Lucy was. Her light has made this world a better place.

  7. I’m so very sorry to hear this. She was a beauty and obviously a kind soul. There’s a book called Soul Dog by Elena Mannes that I recently bought as I’m still grieving the loss of my beautiful St Bernard. You may find it helpful. God bless and my condolences.

  8. I’m so sorry you lost your sweet angel Lucy. I wish it wasn’t so, sending hugs and comfort your way. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

  9. I’m so sorry Victoria. I know this pain and it is awful. I remember when you got Lucy. I remember your previous dog as well. You gave them both incredible lives. Take comfort knowing that they are now bffs, forever frolicking together over the rainbow bridge, watching over you.
    Thanks for sharing them with us and know that you aren’t alone.
    Hugs to you. xo

  10. What a beautiful girl Victoria. I’m so sorry you lost Lucy. Sending you hugs and hoping you feel better soon.

  11. So sorry, know it’s such a difficult grief to process. Yet you will and she will always be a part of your heart.

  12. Oh Victoria :( I’m crying reading this and I’m so, so sorry. What a beautiful angel Lucy was.

    Thank you for the beauty you bring us every day. Sending love and hugs to you from across the country.

  13. A dog’s love is so great and so perfect that the loss is so so huge! I’m so sorry for your pain. I remember emptiness of the house after the loss of my dog was the hardest thing. When/if you are ready, another dog does not replace but simply helps the healing process so much and of course helps another dog. Lucy was as lucky to have you as you were to have her. Take all the time and space you need. Thinking of you.

  14. I love what one of your commenters just said: “A loving dog is that way because she was loved.” From reading your blog and following on Instagram, I can see that was certainly true of Lucy. Glad you’re taking some time for yourself. Sending peace. Xo

  15. I’m so sorry. Losing a pet is right up there with worst day of your life. Lucy knows you loved her dearly. Again my deepest condolences. Tracy H.

  16. I’m so, so sorry . . . and am crying with you. There’s nothing like the pure and unconditional love from wonderful furry family. The loss is profound and deep. Hope you can take ample time for yourself. There’s no getting over it, but there is moving forward with love.

  17. I’ve quietly followed your page for so many years that I do remember when you brought her into your life. I, too, have a Lucy…a rescued poodle and we both send you hugs.

  18. Victoria – so immensely sad to read this and see photos of the adorable Lucy. She was a looker with that white coat and those beautiful eyes. The only problem with pets is they simply do not live long enough. My heart goes out to you. Each day will get a tiny bit better and somewhere down the road, you will be ready to bring another loving creature into your life. Sending love and best wishes.

  19. What a lovely tribute, Victoria. I know how sad it is when one of our furry family members crosses over to the other side, and can only imagine your heartbreak after what has been an already difficult year. I truly believe you will meet again. Sending love and hope you find some comfort knowing that you gave Lucy such a great life with lots of love.

  20. Victoria – I know all too well the overwhelming feeling of sadness when the spirit that has brought so much joy, liveliness and companionship to your home is suddenly missing. My heart is breaking for you. Take care of yourself.

  21. My heart is sincerely breaking for the loss of your beloved angel….I have been a follower of both of you for many years now…. ***God Bless this most perfect Angel*** xxx

  22. I’m so sorry to read your post, Victoria. I know how it feels. Sending lots of love + blessings to you. May Lucy rest in peace. xo

  23. Sorry for your loss, just read your other blog post yesterday on her illness. Sending love from New Jersey.

  24. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our pets are a part of us and letting go is so hard. I hope your memories are a comfort.

  25. I am truly sorry for your loss.She is not there anymore in person but her beautiful soul is very near you.
    She was beautiful

  26. We’re so sorry for your loss. Nothing in this world hurts more than losing your soulmate. When the time is right, Angel Lucy will send you a new furry companion to love.

  27. My heart goes out to you Victoria, for the loss of your sweet Lucy, loving companion and buddy. You take care of yourself during this difficult time.

  28. I am so very, very sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Lucy. They give us so much and ask for so little in return. May your pain soon recede into sweet memories of your time together.

  29. I am so so sorry to hear of Lucy’s death. What a beautiful sweet companion she was. Sending love.

  30. I am so sorry about your beloved Lucy. I had a shaggy, Whitley that was my heart and soul, and I will always, always miss her. I hope that soon her memories will bring you smiles instead of tears. But for now go ahead, and cry your eyes out…..she was your bestie and she was a part of your life that can never be replaced. She was beautiful.

  31. I wish words could comfort you and heal the emptiness from Lucy’s loss…it’s hard but I’m sure that despite the pain if you could go back you would not regret a minute with her. No other dog can be a replacement, it will just be another love to live.

  32. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. I know very well how you feel. It is just so hard to lose a beloved furry family member.

  33. I’m so sorry. It’s so hard losing your beloved pet; especially during Covid. In time, the memories of her will bring comfort. Until then, be kind to yourself and know that you gave her a good life.

  34. I’m so sorry for your loss – she sounds like she was a lovely, sweet girl and you gave her such a beautiful life.

  35. I’m so sorry to read this! Lucy was such a beauty, like a small cloud on a windy sky. Sending you love and hugs.

  36. I am so sorry Victoria. Lucy was a beautiful companion and I loved seeing her pop up in your pictures and stories. I will miss her mischievous, sweet face.

  37. We can all relate to the loss of your sweet Lucy. Love is unconditional. Whether for an animal or a person.
    Take care of yourself.

  38. Oh, my heart. I still cry over my awesome furry guy Gus. I hope they meet and have a play in puppy heaven. What a beautiful little girl and I am sending lots of love.

  39. My heart ached while reading this. I lost my sweet fur friend three years ago and the wound occasionally reopens. They leave a mark that stays with us forever. Take your time, it’s all you have and need right now.

  40. I’ve been hoping this wouldn’t be the news. Tears in my eyes for you and the beautiful girl. I’m so sorry Victoria. But what a great love it was. I always loved it when you included Lucy in your posts. I was mesmerised by her eyes and beauty, and delighted by the relationship between you two. Sending love and comfort.

  41. Victoria keep wondering how you have been in these last few days. Loss is so challenging and cracks open parts of us that are so tender. Take good care! Sending love..

  42. I lost my sweet beagle, Snickers a year ago this week. It’s just so difficult when we lose our furry companions. May the memories of Lucy be a blessing in your life.

  43. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost by beautiful white poodle Max last may and I understand what you are experiencing. They will always live in our hearts.

  44. There is always oe that sticks harder with you then any other pet. She was a beautiful girl. Sorry for your loss. It will hurt for a good while. Sending love xx

  45. Lucy is the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen. We lost our Samuel (a Leonberger mix) Jan 15th … it’s the hardest thing ever. Sending a ton of love and comfort from far away Nova Scotia. These photos of Lucy are stunning. Take good care of you.

  46. Hello Victoria,
    I am Vipul from Pawstro. We’re very sad to hear about your loss but we’re very happy that you now got Frances. We have sent you one digital pet portrait of Frances to cheer you up in 2021! Please do check. Hope you would love it. Our Instagram id is

    We’re waiting for your reaction.

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