Our beloved dog, Lily, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday evening.  She had stopped eating the 4 days prior and stopped drinking water about 12 hours prior to dying.  I was really hoping she was going to last until today because Niki was on a mission trip in Mexico until late last night. Thankfully, Niki said her goodbyes to Lily before she left last week – but it was still rough for her to not be here.  We’ve had Lily since Niki was four years old.  She was a beloved part of our family and will be missed.

I made a folder of Lily pics for my kids and they’ve been going through them and reliving their memories with her.  Here are some of our favorites:

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 Niki and Lily

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I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the Boxer breed.  They are extremely gentle with babies and young children as well as extremely affectionate.  Boxers will also back away from their food if a child decides to start eating out of their food bowl – of course Niki, Justin, and Justice would know nothing about this.  😉  (To be fair, Niki ate out of Lily’s mom’s food bowl when she was one – not Lily’s.)   I’d also almost be willing to say that Boxers actually enjoy kids crawling on them…at the very least, they don’t  mind it.  If Lily had enough of the kids, she would simply get up and move to another part of the house.  Nothing more.  My kids were rough with her!  Never once did she even try to nip at them.

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Malaki – He ABSOLUTELY LOVED Lily!!!  His first word was “doggie” because of her.

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 Zach

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 Justin

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Malaki

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Justin giving Lily a kiss.  No…he’s not trying to lick her.  This was pre-speech therapy.

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Justin

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Justice

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Niki and Zach

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Lily and her brother, Rocky

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Yiayia Lily

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Participating in her own way at Wii.  The fact of the matter is, Boxers love being around people.

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She always thought she was a lap dog

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She absolutely LOVED to go on road trips!  Who says dogs don’t smile?

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Niki’s dog through and through.  Such a snuggler!

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She never had a problem telling you when she wanted some lovin’ even if the kids were doing school work…

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…or if I was working on the computer.

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Nothing made her happier than to race the kids down the driveway when they were sledding.  She won every time.

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If you didn’t block your seat when we were at a rest stop, she would take it.

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Zach, Malaki, Niki, Chris, and Justin

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Lily absolutely loved catching bubbles!!!

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This is the first time Justin came to visit us.  Lily was checking him out.  She was always very protective of everyone in our family – another Boxer trait.  Every single night she would make her rounds around the house and make sure everyone was peacefully sleeping before she would go to sleep for the night herself.  She did this up to the very end.

I could give many examples of how she would “protect” us but I’ll just share my favorite.  A few years ago, our house alarm went off in the wee hours of the morning.  Les was on a trip.  I grabbed all of my kids and put them in my bedroom while I answered the phone call from the alarm company.  Without me ever calling her, she sat in the doorway of my bedroom door looking out into the hallway.  She blocked the door with all of us behind her and was ready to protect us.  She was such a good doggie!

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She even joined almost every family picture because she always wanted to be surrounded by us.  She also joined us for bedtime prayers on a regular basis too.  Did I mention Boxers are social dogs?

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Niki checking on Lily a few days before she left on her trip to Mexico

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Niki slept downstairs next to Lily shortly before her trip.  We knew it wouldn’t be long.  Lily was fading fast.

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A few hours before she passed away.  I texted this photo to Niki updating her on Lily’s condition.  Lily was the most peaceful dying dog.  Truly.

Other than Niki not being here for the end, Lily had the best possible passing.  It was also an excellent opportunity to talk to the boys about grief and as always…my kids taught me a few things too.  For instance, they taught me that they’ve embraced a love of all of God’s creation.  Before we buried Lily, the boys asked to anoint her with holy water.  They each took a turn and made the sign of the cross on her forehead, of their own accord, as they said their goodbyes.

We’ll miss you Lily!!!