In Loving Memory of Willow

October 30, 2020

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It’s heart-breaking and more difficult than you can imagine to share that Willow, our beloved Bernese Mountain Dog whom you’ve all grown to know and love, has passed away unexpectedly this week. She was a large part (in every sense) of our family, and a bigger part of our hearts. And right now, they’re quite broken. Willow, 7, came into our lives to mend our bruised hearts from our previous dog, Charly, who helped get us through many years of infertility, and she brought us joy and comfort EVERY DAY over the last few years. We buried Charly’s ashes with Willow in our pasture and are comforted to know they are together and still watching out for us, their people, from the other side.

Willow was selfless and sweet. We’ll miss her polite morning sneezes when she was ready to go outside. Instead of barking, she sneezed–sometimes three times in a row! Then you knew it was an emergency.

We’ll miss the click of her nails on the floor, followed by a lazy slump into a corner of cold tile.

We’ll miss her warm body leaning into us as if to give a long hug.

We’ll miss petting her and they way she’d put her paws on us afterward as if to say, “not enough! keep going!” or the way she would insert herself into every photo or movie. She loved the camera and smiling at the camera so much.

I’ll miss the way she’d try to synchronize her steps with mine and occasionally step on my heals from walking too close.

I’ll miss pulling up in the driveway and seeing Willow ready to greet us and welcome us home.

She was loved my everyone. Family, kids, contractors, strangers, delivery people, even other animals! I never worried that she would hurt anybody. She loved so deeply and genuinely just wanted to make people smile. And that’s what she did for us. Day in and day out. She could sense when it was a hard day and come lay quietly by my feet, “I’m here for you.” She knew when we were celebrating and the energy was there. She knew when the girls needed a friend and she’d give up her tile floor for the night and volunteer to sleep in their room.

Can a dog be thoughtful? Because Willow was.

Although it feels heavy and hard right now, When I think about everything that Willow has experienced with us–I can see clearly that she came to us for a season. A very important season of growth to comfort us and help us not only see the joy, but experience joy. And that joy is something she has left with us, even now that she’s gone.

I’ll miss you, my shadow.

Thank you for allowing us to take some time away as a family to process and grieve.






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  1. Marnette says:

    I just came across your page on IG because of the Loiloi collaboration. This is by far the best tribute I’ve ever read about a furbaby. I’m in tears of your loss. I’m so sorry Willow was taken away much too soon. I believe she served her purpose for your family. God Bless


  2. Michelle Krueger says:

    What a beautiful tribute to such a sweet soul. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  3. april says:

    I”m so sorry to read of Willow’s passing. We are a family of Berner lovers and have had many of those sweet giants in our lives over the years. They are special creatures and I understand the pain your family feels. Take comfort in knowing the world of animal lovers is sharing in your pain and that Willow will always be with you. Our latest, the best dog in the universe, Jackson visits us often in the form of a beautiful black and purple butterfly. Hugs from Minnesota.

  4. Viena says:

    So profoundly sorry for your loss. May the memories you shared with sweet Willow serve as comfort during this time. She was so special! Sending you all love.

  5. I just discovered your blog through Interior Define and came to take a look. I was so struck to read this tribute to your beautiful dog. My husband and I have said good-bye to 5 dogs over the years and three of them were Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are the most wonderful, loving, goofy and kind dogs, Reading about your Willow brought back memories of our three. Losing a beloved pet is so difficult, especially when it’s sudden and unexpected. I’m so sorry for your loss. I look forward to following you on your journey forward and wishing you healing thoughts as you navigate your new world without your beautiful Willow.

  6. alex says:

    We lost our sweet pup King in April, when everything was locked down and it felt like the apocalypse. I put together a similar photo tribute for him which I plan to turn into a book for us to keep as a family. King and Willow sound very similar in spirit. Big, furry, cuddly, and so kind. I understand the pain and all I can offer is this: Willow had the best life possible because of you and your family. I hope you come to peace sooner than later. <3

  7. Jennifer says:

    Blessings to your family. Willow sounds like a very special little being who had a life filled with love and belonging.

  8. Barb says:

    I have had your family in my thoughts this past week as I know how terribly difficult it can be to lose a pet you love and cherish. I hope the happy memories are beginning to help with your sorrow. ❤️

  9. I have tears reading this post. So sad. You had me at sneezes. What a lady!
    Bless you and your family.

  10. Jennifer I. says:

    My heart absolutely breaks for all of you. I can see the joy through the photos. My dogs are my comfort and joy. Sending thoughts for comfort and healing.

  11. Heidi says:

    Awe I am SO sorry to hear this. It seems like only yesterday you were introducing her beautiful self. My thoughts are with you, and am again so sorry to hear this. She loved and was loved just as dearly in return. I’ll be thinking of you, it is so unimaginably difficult.

  12. Caroline says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. It is obvious that Willow was the SWEETEST soul, and I am heartbroken to read that she has passed. I have no doubt she is with you still. Thank you for posting this, it just made me hug my dog a little harder and a little longer tonight.

  13. Suzanne says:

    So sorry to hear that your beloved Willow has passed – my heart aches for you. She was truly a blessing.

  14. Ashley says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, and please take your time to process…perhaps plant a tree in her memory? So sorry for your whole family.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s too much. The night you shared that she was gone, I dreamt that I came back from a run (which I don’t do anymore) and she was waiting for me. Thank you for sharing her with us. Sending the whole family all the love.

  16. Laura says:

    Julia and Chris, I am so sorry to hear about Willow. I know it is such a hard thing to get through. Thinking about you and your family xo

  17. Kala says:

    Chris, Julia, Greta, Faye and Polly,

    I am so so sorry for the loss of your unbelievably faithful Willow ???? sending you all my love and prayers as I know how difficult this time is. Praying you find comfort in the memories and love your sweet girl have you.

  18. Renee says:

    Thinking of you all since I saw the post and sending lots of love. Willow really was an amazing dog. Her personality came through daily and I really enjoyed seeing her love you all.

  19. Sarah Klingler says:

    I am so sorry❤️ Willow was such a sweet dog and I always looked forward to seeing her in your stories. This is heartbreaking but you all gave her a wonderful life while she was here❤️

  20. Jess Cudzilo says:

    Our dogs are like chapters in our novels. They keep time and help us preserve memories like nothing else. Sending you all lots of love.

  21. Jess says:

    So sorry for your loss! She was a beauty, inside and out.

  22. Jade Fraser says:

    Sending you guys so much love <3

  23. Gretel says:

    So sorry for your loss. We have lost two Bernese Mountain Dogs, and now have a third. May Willow’s memory be for blessing.

  24. Robyn Chamberlain says:

    Oh I am so so sad to read this, it is just heartbreaking. Such a sudden loss is so hard. Your beautiful Willow. I always loved seeing him in your photos and videos. What a gorgeous dog, inside and out. Thinking of you all.

  25. Yvonne says:

    Felt sadness as I read your post. So sorry for your family’s loss.

  26. Lynn says:

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet Willow. May she Rest In Peace. She will always be with your family. My thoughts are with your entire family. Dogs are treasured family members so my heart aches for your loss.

  27. Kathy says:

    So sorry to read this. We lost our sweet Molly, a poodle who we got when she was 6 weeks old. She died a month shy of her 15th birthday on Christmas Eve, last year. My heart breaks for you. It is so hard and we still miss her so. The click of her nails was one of the biggest things…just knowing she was here. Blessings on you all.

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I am completely stunned and so heartbroken for your family – I am crying reading the post, all of us who have beloved pets know the bond we share with them – they are our family members, losing them is so hard. We will be praying for you!

  29. Holly says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking. I loved seeing sweet Willow in most of your photos. After our 7 yr old dog died unexpectedly in January, we got a Bernedoodle puppy. So much of your description of Willow’s favorite traits are true of our 7 month old puppy. Makes me think so much of it must be their breed. The best dogs ever.

    May the many amazing memories of Willow carry you through this very difficult time. Many hugs to your family.

  30. Laurie says:

    What a lovely and sweet tribute to Willow. How lucky that you all had each other. I’m so sorry for the unexpected loss!

  31. RP says:

    I am so sorry for all of you but especially Julia, you could tell she just loved the crap out of you and was always smiling every time you were around. So so so sad about this.

  32. Natasha says:

    You are so right, I do believe she was loved by everyone!! I’ve been following since she was introduced to your family. My heart truly hurt for y’all when I saw the post. She was just adorable and sweet and brought just an extra level of joy to every photo and video. Thank you so much for sharing her with us!

  33. Molly says:

    I’m so very sorry. While watching your fall exterior house tour a couple weeks I saw her in pop in the frame. So sweet. I know your hearts are hurting. Thinking of you all.

  34. Mary C says:

    I’m so sorry! I lost my heart dog over the summer and am still missing her. Praying for comfort for all of you.

  35. Dawn says:

    I’m so sorry.

  36. Jessica H says:

    We never get to keep them long enough. sending you all love <3

  37. Briana M Shields says:

    Just heartbreaking! I have tears running down my face as I type this and look over at my 2 rescue pups. Our dogs are our family and when they pass it is so hard! I hope you and your family find peace in knowing that you gave her the best life! Dogs are living Angels. I truly believe this.. All dogs go to Heaven! Take good care!

  38. Geo55 says:

    So sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Willow was your beautiful angel. You have my deepest condolences. XO

  39. Judith says:

    So sorry for your loss!! I have a dog (family member) named Willow too!!

  40. Connie says:

    Tears were falling as I read your post — so sad for your family right now.

    DOn’t WAIT TOO LONG for a NEW PUP……………….so many need a GOOD HOME.
    We have a pet Pig and a corgi named WINSTON who give us JOY every day!
    ANIMALS are a GIFT…………………XX

  42. Sara says:

    My heart hurts for you… xoxo

  43. Karen Simon Peterson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Willow. Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things a family can go through. My thoughts are with you.

  44. O no! We are so sorry for your loss – sending lots of love and comfort from the Netherlands.

  45. Lori says:

    We have loved and lost two Berners. They were both at five years. I know your heartbreak and every single sentence describing her sounds just like our girls. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. They indeed are the most loving and magical dogs.

  46. Stephanie says:

    I am so sorry to hear this…. we too lost our dog of 13 years this past Tuesday. Our pets leave a hole in our hearts and families. You’re not alone in your grief.

  47. Anna says:

    I am so so sad for you. I am praying for your grieving hearts as you learn life without her. She was so much apart of this space you all allow us to enjoy with you – your family, your home. Thank you for letting us fall in love with her too.

  48. MoonOrchidsDesign says:

    This is so heartbreaking to read. The pictures of you al together just got me hard ???? So sorry for your loss. ❤️

  49. LD says:

    Hugs and peace!! Losing my dog 3 years ago was such a gut punch for all of us. You both were lucky to have each other!

  50. Leigh H says:

    They are angels in furry bodies. I’m so sorry you lost your sweet Willow. Sending so many hugs your family’s way.

  51. I’m so sorry. It doesn’t compare but our kitten was hit by a cad recently and I feel your pain. She looked like a very sweet dog.

  52. Allison Alberts says:

    My heart is broken. Prayers for you all.

  53. Vicki says:

    Deep sorrow and tears upon hearing of your loss of sweet Willow. I will miss spotting her in the background–unobtrusive but very much a part of–so many photos. Such a beautiful tribute for loving family member. Prayers for comfort for all of you as you process your loss and remember your beautiful Willow.

  54. Aimee says:

    I am so so sorry to hear this! Willow warmed my heart every time I saw her in pictures/stories. It was very clear that she was a very sweet and special dog and that she was precious to your family. Thank you for sharing her with us ❤️

  55. Marce Einstein says:

    The sudden loss of your shadow is the most heartbreaking. I experienced this over a year ago and it still hurts everyday. I’m so sorry for the pain and sadness you all are going through right now. Sending hugs to you all. ????????

  56. Damaris says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you all. She will be missed by many.

  57. Alicia says:

    I’m so sorry ????

  58. I loved seeing her pop into your videos. I’m so sorry to hear of her unexpected passing. We lost one of our English Mastiffs suddenly and unexpectedly to a hemangiosarcoma a couple years ago. It was awful. I hope you find comfort in your memories of her.

  59. Becky says:

    We just lost ours suddenly and at 6 1/2 yrs old. The pain we feel in his loss is overwhelming, just like the love we have for him. Thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time.

  60. Lauren says:

    So sad to read this. Dogs are truly gifts. We recently lost our dog and the pain has been deep, but focusing on all the great times has helped.

  61. Alesha Thompson says:

    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry! Sending y’all some virtual hugs! Losing a pet is so so tough and gosh I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m going to miss seeing that sweet girl in your stories.

  62. Linda says:

    Such a sweet soul! ????

  63. Dawn says:

    I’ve worked with dogs for 25 years. Lost many of my own. There is no love like that if a dog! My sincere condolences to you all. ????

  64. Mary says:

    I am so so sad for your family. Hugs from Buffalo, NY.

  65. Lori says:

    Oh, I am so sorry! I really loved seeing her in your posts and videos. Willow always made me smile– she was such a sweetheart.

  66. John Herron says:

    Sending love from New Brunswick. Just so very sorry. We lost our Beer last April after just 3 short years. We have enjoyed the palpable love and energy of Willow – she filled a void. We have sense added new Bernese to our home. The Swiss have an expression related to their short lifespan. 3 years a puppy, 3 years a friend, 3 years a gift. Thanks for sharing Willows gift.

  67. Laura says:

    My heart stopped. My favorite thing (next to your designs) was looking for Willow in your posts and stories. Praying for comfort for your family.

  68. Stephanie says:

    So sorry for your loss, I LOVED seeing her in the background of videos. I’d buy both a Willow proper tee and Charley proper tee! Limited editions?

  69. John Herron says:

    Sending much love from New Brunswick – we lost our Beer last April after just 3 years. And have loved Willow from afar. Living vicariously through her – we have since added a new Bernese to our home. Our 4th over the years. Her love and energy was palpable through your video snipets. The Swiss have an expression about our beloved Bernese and their short life span – 3 years a puppy, 3 years a friend, 3 years a gift. Thank you for sharing her gift with us all. Hugs.

  70. Sara says:

    So sorry for the loss of your dog. My Winnie (Yorkie) sneezes too. The only thing she ever barks at is people at the door. The sneezing makes people laugh. Pets may only be here for a season, but losing one ranks right up there with the greatest sadnesses.

  71. Erin says:

    Im so very sorry for your loss. I am the biggest animal lover, our four legged friends are family to us and I shed tears for your sweet family. When you are ready, please tell us what happened…it all happened so suddenly, as your readers its so hard to grasp. Praying for you and your sweet family. ❤️❤️❤️

  72. michelle says:

    I am crying deep tears… tears for you and your family, and tears that come from Texas and Tyson, my own dearly loved fur babies that have passed on to the other side. And yes, #alldogsgotoheaven.

  73. So sorry for your loss they truly are just like family

  74. Olivia says:

    I am so, so sorry, Marcum family. The only bad thing about dogs is that they can’t be with us forever. Forever wouldn’t even be long enough. Rest in doggy paradise, sweet Willow.

  75. Kim B says:

    Oh goodness. I am so so terribly sorry for your loss. You have been through so much.

  76. Kayla says:

    My heart just breaks for you guys! Praying for comfort!

  77. Kristin says:

    Because of their short lifespans, I am not brave enough to have a large dog even though they are my absolute favorites. My heart is hurting for all of you. Thank you for being strong enough to be a big dog family! I am grieving for you.

  78. Michele says:

    Heartbroken for y’all because we understand all too well the space a floof takes up in our lives & hearts and recognize that empty feeling when they leave us.

  79. Chelsea says:

    I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. In my opinion, a dog completes a home. I can empathize as I recently lost my pup of 16.5 years. 2 weeks later I am still sobbing every night. A friend shared these words with me and it helped soothe my broken heart. Perhaps these words will offer you some comfort as well…
    “I’ve been through this too many times and yet I still get another dog. Why, well how I have grown to think about it is… I believe a broken heart creates space to allow more light in. And that light allows us to love more freely and completely. I know the pain is so gut wrenching right now that my words will mean nothing. But someday you will know the truth of them. It’s the double edged sword of life or lately I’ve come to think of life as death by a thousand cuts. Some cuts hurt a bit and others almost kill us. And yet life is beautiful in all it’s joys and trials so onward we go.“ …and life is so much more beautiful when shared with a dog. ????

  80. Jessica says:

    Berners take up a lot of space in our homes, but even more in our hearts. I’ll hug mine a little tighter tonight. So sorry for your loss. Willow was a beautiful dog and a beautiful soul.

  81. Jennifer I says:

    This was beautiful and made me cry. She was much loved and your family was perfect for her. I am sorry.

  82. Susan says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry! I’ve been following your blog for a while and I remember when you guys said goodbye to your last pup and said hello to this one.

    Dogs don’t live our whole lives, but they do make our lives whole. Sending hugs to you all.

  83. Christina says:

    Very sorry for your loss. It doesn’t take years for a person or animal to work their way into our hearts. Much peace and many beautiful memories for you.

  84. Jennifer says:

    Im so sorry for your loss. If humans loved like our sweet animals do, this world would be a better place. She always made me smile when I saw her in pictures,post etc.. such a beautiful dog. She was so lucky to have you all be her family.
    My heart goes out to you all & the kiddo’s.❤????

  85. Carrie Puffinbarger says:

    My heart was crushed when I saw your instagram post last night, and reading this I was moved to tears. We never have them long enough, but as a big dog mom I feel like we get so ripped off at their shorter life span. My dogs have shown me what it means to be loved unconditionally in a way I never grasped before, and I always got that vibe from Willow too. She was a beautiful gift and I’m grateful you shared her with us and let us love her too.
    Praying comfort for your family in this time of intense grief.

  86. Jenna says:

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss! Your words were beautiful.

  87. steph says:

    This is the worse. Willow was the best smiler. I will miss seeing it. Best wishes in healing.

  88. Meigan says:

    I am so sorry. Such a huge loss.

  89. Betsy J says:

    So so sorry for your loss of sweet Willow.. Our fur babies play such an important role in our families, hold on to those wonderful memories. Sending all of you prayers and hugs ????????????????????

  90. Losing a pet is losing a member of the family. I am always so heartbroken over how short amount of time we have with them. I know when that day comes for me to say goodbye, I will be inconsolable for a good while after as my dog is my best friend. But, as you know, the time spent with them and the memories created are worth the heartache. Praying peace and healing for your family.

  91. Doris says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  92. Oh noooo I’m so sorry to read this . What a tremendous loss . I too have lost 2 Bernese. They have such a GIANT space in our homes and hearts . Praying for your comfort ❤️

  93. Bailey says:

    I am sorry sorry for your family’s loss. We unexpectedly lost our girl three weeks ago today. She was 9, and the was the being that turned my husband and I from a couple to a family. Their love is so big, and their lives are so short. We don’t deserve how deeply our dogs love and bond with us. My heart is with all of you. Sending love.

  94. Jeri says:

    We’ve had to put down four dogs in 30 years and I said no more after the third. Then you got Willow and I knew I had to open my heart to another. We’ve had Pepper for a few years now and she is a light in our home we didn’t know we needed at the time. They find a special place in our hearts that breaks when they leave us but it is so worth it.

  95. Jenn says:

    This is just gut wrenching. I’m so so sorry. Heard to look at all the photos but so sweet to have filed so many beautiful memories. Willow needs a photo album. Such a beautiful dog.

  96. Debbie says:

    There are no words to express the pain and grief I feel for your family. As I write this I am struggling to piece together words of comfort and am having a difficult time typing through my tears. Know that your family, including Willow, is loved by many and I hope this brings you some amount of peace. I feel blessed to have gotten to know her through your stories and will keep your family in my prayers. Love????????

  97. Angela says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! Willow will be missed by so many!

  98. Joyce says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Warm thoughts and prayers for your family. I’m going to miss that sweet waggle of Willow’s tail and her plops down on grass or tile in the background. I loved seeing her make her appearances! I know it’s hard, and from my past experiences of losing a beloved dog, it’s sometimes hard to wrap your head around it right after it happens. I would “know” she’s gone but still wake up in the morning and the first thing I would do would be to search for my childhood dog, Chewy. Only to realize again, she’s not in the yard or in the house. They’re the best without even trying. ????

  99. Jane says:

    I know exactly what you’re going thru. I give you tons of credit for writing this so soon. We lost our Australian Shepherd suddenly at 7 just in September. I’m devastated.. and never imagined my heart hurting so much.
    It’s hard to do anything without remembering them as your shadow. Walks, greetings, meals… endless love.
    I cried when I read your post bc I know it’s so hard.
    Stay strong!!

  100. Lacey says:

    I am very sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed seeing Willow in your stories. I could tell she had such a sweet and gentle spirit. I am sending up a prayer for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

  101. This got me in tears! So sorry for your loss, I bet she had an amazing life with your family. x

    Caterina |

  102. Schuyler says:

    My heart hurts with yours. Sending love and prayers to you.

  103. Allison says:

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. We said goodbye to our 13 year old pup this year and I remind myself that the grief I feel is a reflection of how special she was to our family. Dogs are such amazing creatures and I like to think that God finds great joy in creating them as companions for us. Love and prayers to your family.

  104. Shannon says:

    Oh Marcum family this brought me to tears. We lost our pup, Diesel, one month ago. We had him nearly 16 years and he brought us so much live and comfort in the same way Willow did you. There is nothing anyone can say that will make you feel better in this time, but when your hearts heal a bit may her memory serve as a blessing and a light.

  105. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    Willow brought me a lot of joy, too! Seeing her in your Stories always put a smile on my face. Thinking of you all. ❤️

  106. Lori R says:

    What a loving tribute to Willow’s life and impact on your family. So very sorry for your loss! May the immense love for Willow soften the pain of your grief. Sending ❤️from California.

    I lost my fur baby in February, not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. (He sneezed too!…but in a slightly different context…for him it was to get my attention/emphasize “right now” but not about going outside…usually about wanting attention or a treat!) Dogs are truly amazing members of the family, cherish all of the wonderful memories…that is what I hang on to…don’t want to forget all the nuances of their personality!

  107. Sandy says:

    Heartsick for your family. We are never ready. Sending love + comfort.

  108. Diane says:

    I fell in love with your sweet Willow through my Instagram screen. Losing our furry family members can almost feel unbearable ???? Prayers of comfort for all of you…..

  109. Brittany says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Willow! Losing a pet is devastating and a grief that is hard to explain. I loved seeing her in your posts and stories. She was such a beautiful dog and I know she brought your family so much light. I remember when you posted the picture you found on IG of a Bernese Mountain dog sitting next to a dog that looked just like Charly, and how that sort of sealed the deal for you guys. That’s how I picture them both now. I hope you all are comforted to know you gave her as much joy as she gave you. Sending love.

  110. Courtney Heffernan says:

    Crying!! What a sweet tribute. And that video…. Tears streaming down my face. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. What a wonderful life you gave Willow and what a wonderful love she gave your family. She will be missed by this entire community.

  111. Donna Zollo says:

    Dogs just make everything in life easier to bear. I’m so sorry for your family’s heartbreak. Willow had the most soulful eyes and sweetest smile. She will be missed!❤️????❤️

  112. Marti says:

    This is heartbreaking. So sorry for you. Having lost dogs in the past I understand the feeling of loss. Take your time with your family.

  113. Lindsay says:

    Oh, no!! I am so sorry for this unexpected loss. Dogs leave the deepest footprints on our hearts. Please take the time to mourn and remember her. You were her everything and gave her a beautiful life. One day your heart will open again to welcome another four legged love. But for now, today, Willow is happily remembered even by those of us who didn’t know her. From one dog lover to another – much love and peace.

  114. JULIA BIL says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Willow. I recently had to put my beloved Newfoundland Halsey down. So sad . I do try and remember what a wonderful life he had and how much he filled our hearts with joy. Thinking of you and your family.

  115. Susie says:

    I’m so sorry Julia & family. You could really tell Willow was a part of your lives in every sense even from behind my phone screen. I can’t imagine the feeling of loss right now & sending virtual hugs and love as you remember all of goodness and quirks that also become the things you love about her. ????????????

  116. JL says:

    What a beautiful and poignant tribute. You’re so blessed not only to have had her in your life, but to have so many photos and videos to remember her by (perhaps, that’s why she inserted herself so often!). That picture with Polly and the way she looks at her says everything. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Chris and the girls.

  117. Diane says:

    I’m not sure a condolence from a random follower can leave a dent on your bruised heart, but my ache for your and your family requires it. I first started following you when you lost sweet Charly several years ago, and as we had recently lost our own sweet pup, I felt your loss acutely. I cheered big cheers when Willow joined your crew and wove herself into your family life. I always looked for her in your photo’s and marveled that she seemed such a gentle soul. Your tribute to the life and love of Willow is tender and touching. Wishing your pain and loss at this heartbreaking time could be soothed, but as we know with the loss of loved pups, only time and good memories will ease the sadness. Willow and Charly were both well loved. May you and Chris and the girls take comfort in knowing that as much as Chrly and Willow added to your family, you also gave to them, a beautiful, well lived and loved life. Peace in the days ahead.

  118. Lori says:

    I’m so sorry. Dogs are such an important part of our family, they love us unconditionally. My thoughts are with your family.

  119. Tracey says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Willow. There is something special about a Berner – they’re old, sweet souls. My heart breaks for your family’s loss.

  120. Jalene Taylor says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever shed another tear for a stranger’s pet until now but I can tell how much you loved her and how much she loved you. Losing a pet is so difficult. I’m so so sorry. Sending lots of love your way.

  121. Chelsey says:

    Oh my heart. I’m so sorry, dogs are truly a gift from above. Take care.

  122. Willow will always be right there with you. You guys were all gifted with your time together, much love

  123. Jennie says:

    What a sweet tribute to amazing dog! So sorry she was gone too soon!

  124. Michelle Longdon says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss, we all loved Willow. Thank you for sharing her with all of us!

  125. Tater says:

    My heart breaks for you and your family. The hole they leave is immense.

    We have lost 2 dogs (both very very unexpectedly) this year. One in June and one last weekend. Some days I am not sure I can make it through.

    Willow was a beautiful soul (even thru a screen!) and obviously loved beyond any dogs wildest dreams.

    Wishing you and your family all the time and patience you need to heal. xoxo

  126. Dasia says:

    Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Emotional for you and the girls. Thousands of people who’ve been following along with you for years are grieving with you. Xo

  127. Aana Das says:

    I will miss your Shadow Julia. Hugs and prayers for your family.

  128. Pat says:

    I always loved the posts that Willow photobombed. Hugs to you all

  129. Cathryn says:

    I have and continue to grieve the loss of a furry member of the family. The tears still come a year after her passing. As time passes on, I am reminded of the yearly memories that she was a part of and I’m so grateful we had her for the time we did. I am so sorry for your hurt and sadness, it’s such a heavy weight but the only reasoning I can find is that without it we wouldn’t have had all the love and great memories we have. My thoughts are with you all.

  130. Anne says:

    Tears as I read this. I am so sorry for your loss. Lifting your entire family up in this sad time.????

  131. Carrie E says:

    So very sorry! Willow is a beautiful soul. You could just feel her love in all of your IG stories. Praying for comfort for your family. ????????

  132. Caroline says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to a very sweet dog. I’m so sorry for your loss. Dogs’ only flaw is they don’t live long but they have to go before us to make sure we’re greeted properly in heaven. Sending your family comfort during this difficult time.

  133. Cassidy says:

    So very sad for you. Sending love from Minnesota.

  134. Sam says:

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She seemed like such an angel. May you find comfort in her memories, and the countless photos and videos she starred in (even if she was just sneaking in.)

  135. Jacqueline says:

    So sorry for your family’s unexpected loss and heartache.. May Willow enjoy running free in pastures on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge! Hold on to the specialness and memories of Willow. Though they are gone they continue to hold a special place out our hearts.

  136. Elisabeth says:

    Willow was the reason I initially started following you guys. I’ve had a Berner since I was 5 and will never be without one. But, boy, they break your heart. We lost our 11 year old, Ruby, in March. It hurts.

    Sending peace to you and especially to your girls.

  137. Lindsey says:

    Oh I’m so sorry. The loss of a pet is awful – they’re part of the family! Willow was a beautiful dog, what wonderful photos you have of her!

  138. Oh no! This breaks my heart! I am so sorry! Willow truly seemed like such a sweetheart. Dogs are so special. Sending you guys so much love.

  139. Jennie says:

    Your Willow inspired our Willow’s name, who is celebrating her 1st birthday this Sunday. Our Willow is such a lover and I can’t imagine life without our little pup. Sending my love to your whole family.

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  141. Jennie says:

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are so special! You gave her the best life, she was clearly so loved and so cared for. What a gift you were to each other! ❤️ Sending you all the hugs from Seattle.

  142. Sam says:

    This is such a beautiful tribute. She was clearly so loved and special. My heart is with you guys.

  143. Ashley says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. There’s nothing quite like the love of a dog. It’s genuine, selfless, so pure, and unending. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ????????

  144. Audrey says:

    This was a beautiful post. We felt all the joy and love from Willow at home too. We’ll miss you, Willow!

  145. Tasha says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. You have some lovely memories of Willow to help during these sad times. You’re in my thoughts. Hugs to your family!

    We also struggle with infertility -ttc for 3.5 years and just completed a round of IVF. We have 2 cats who have helped us as well ????

  146. Leslie says:

    Many condolences and hugs.

  147. Carolyn says:

    It has been a tough week of dog news in my feed. Willow was so loved by your family, it was apparent. She will be missed by the CLJ family, too. Sending much love and peace your way.

  148. Katie says:

    Beautiful tribute! So sorry for your loss.

  149. Oh my god my heart aches for you and your family. What a wonderful tribute to sweet Willow.

  150. Danna says:

    Anyone that has been fortunate enough to have a dog like Willow knows exactly what you are feeling. It’s like they were a little angel living among us showing us how unconditionally God loves us. I am heart broken for all of you.

  151. Dina says:

    I’m so sorry about Willow. My heart is broken for you and your family.

  152. Brittney says:

    Well I can’t stop crying ???? The loss of our fur babies is so incredibly hard! I’m so sorry for you and your family! I pray that God comforts each of you and surrounds you with his peace ???????? Willow was so beautiful and I loved reading about the beautiful soul she has! Hugs to you all! ????

  153. Jenn says:

    So beautifully written. What a sweet girl.

  154. Adrienne says:

    Noooo. I’m so sorry. Take comfort in the rainbow bridge

    • Ryia says:

      Truly heartbreaking! ???????? such a sweet Tribute to Williow. I’ll miss seeing her walk beside you and always ready for the camera!

  155. Brooke bullard says:

    Nooooooo, this is so sad!! I’m so sorry. Praying for comfort for your family during this season. You will be missed willow!!

  156. Carly says:

    It’s funny how we’re all strangers really, and yet to see this post…it’s crushing! My heart aches for your family. What a sweet girl. Sending all the love your way.

  157. Sarah C says:

    So very sorry to read about Willow’s passing. Thinking of your family and sending love & light y’all’s way. How fitting Charly and Willow are at rest together given the way Willow came into your life. When I read that part, I immediately thought of that IG picture of those two dogs looking out over the water that you shared with us, as it turns out, exactly 3 years ago today. what an important season it was! Hugs.

  158. Patricia says:

    What a wonderful dog! Or big friendly giant in a fur suit. How lucky you were to have Willow. And how lucky Willow was to have you.

  159. Katy says:

    Oh my gosh, what happened?! So sudden and unexpected, she seemed so healthy. I’m heartbroken for you all. So, so incredibly sorry.

  160. Claudia Schweiss says:

    So sorry for your loss Marcum family. Willow so obviously has a special place in your hearts. Thinking of you today – rest in peace Willow.

  161. Brenda says:

    Heartbreaking!!!! Truly heartbreaking!

  162. SG says:

    Sending SO MUCH love and hugs to you all – it’s so hard losing pets, they’re such a huge part of our families and homes!

  163. Danielle says:

    So sorry to hear this. Wishing your family peace and sweet memories during this time.

  164. Wendy says:

    Aww… I’m so sorry and sad for you. I will miss seeing her in your pictures and videos… sending lots of hugs from Australia… xxx

  165. Michele says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Willow. This hurts my heart. I hope your family finds peace in her memories.

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