Reese Poppy

Sharing an update on Reese Poppy and sweet photos of the pup. 

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I am not really sure where to start, so I am going to dive right in. On Wednesday, August 9th I had to say goodbye to my sweet baby. Reese Poppy was diagnosed with cancer on February 17th and was only given about 2-4 weeks to live {which I talked more about here}. Thankfully my strong gal beat the odds and lived 20 weeks longer. That time with her was everything to me and I am so thankful she showed cancer who was boss during that time. 

Reese Poppy came into my life on March, 6th 2004 as a gift from my parents. I was only 14 and beyond happy to become a teenage puppy mom. That tiny two pound yorkie became my whole life. I could seriously go on forever about the first few years with her but I will just say she was the spunkiest little thing ever. 

Reese Poppy stayed with my parents the first year of college, after that, she was with me through everything. I’m talking college parties, breakups, study sessions, lots of walks to get away from studying, and so much more. She was my little best friend and {if you’re a dog mom or dad you understand} sometimes the only “person” I could talk to. Dogs are seriously the best at knowing how you’re feeling and when puppy cuddles are necessary. 

Post college was super similar just more real life {as I’m sure we can all agree about}. Now Reese Poppy was with me, I started full time work and fell in love with Joshua. The best part of all of that for her was she could go to work on Friday’s and live that adult life with Joshua. {P.S. how awesome is it that Joshua’s office allows their employees to bring their dogs to work on Fridays?

Then when I became a full time blogger, that meant every day together, all day! It was the BEST. Honestly the decision to take the leap {blogging full-time} happened at the perfect time. My last day at my full time job was the day Reese Poppy was diagnosed. This meant I was now able to get in all the time with her possible. I feel SO blessed for that.

 I’ve shared so much about Reese Poppy over the years, and even though I am completely sobbing right now, I just didn’t feel right not to sharing this life-changing moment with y’all. I also felt I owed something to Reese as she was such a huge part of my life, my first baby

I knew this was going to be hard but I don’t think I grasped how truly hard it is. If you’ve lost a pet, I am so sorry! The pain is very real and getting use to everyday life without them is incredibly difficult. I wish I could comfort you {and myself} more but know I am really sorry for your loss and I understand how you feel. 

Thank you all for your sweet comments about Reese Poppy over the years and for reading this. This was probably for me more than you but again, I felt I needed to share. Love you all! 



  1. August 18, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Oh my gosh! Girl this breaks my heart. I have two yorkies that I completely love and adore with all my heart, my first two babies! It was one of the best things ever just like you said when I got to start staying home with them every day! They mean the world to me and I know Rose poppy meant the world to you, I don’t know what to say to make you feel better, but thank you for giving that sweet girl such an amazing life! Try to hang in there girl! Xo

    • August 18, 2017 / 8:15 am

      You are so sweet. Your message truly just warmed my heart. Thank you for this! Yorkies are the absolute best. They’re little personalities are amazing and at times, quite hilarious. Knowing you have two sweet ones at home getting love, puts a smile on my face. Give them an extra squeeze for me today. Thank you again sweet gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. Shelby back
    August 18, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Oh girl, I’m so so sorry! my heart just breaks for you! I know how impactful pups can be on our lives, and I can’t imagine what you’re going through. She was lucky to have you! Sending lots of love your way!


  3. Katie
    August 18, 2017 / 9:02 am

    So sorry to hear about that sweet pup! She was so incredibly loved and will continue to be! What a sweet tribute you wrote.


    • August 18, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Thank you Katie! I know she loved getting to see you at GMR on Friday’s. Your comment means a lot, thank you again.

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. G & G
    August 18, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Thinking of you Laura This is a hard time.

    • August 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you Courtney! We really did go through everything together. While I’m so sad she is gone, I am beyond happy that we were able to go through all of that together and that I had her there with me. I know I couldn’t have made it through some of the tough days without her. Thank you again gal.

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. August 18, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh, crying! I can’t even handle other people talking about losing their pets, much less comprehend how hard it is to lose one! Sending so much love your way! So glad you got to spend those extra weeks with her. Hugs friend!


    • August 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Aw, I’m sorry lady! Definitely didn’t intend to make others sad with it. I will say, I was exactly the same as you. I couldn’t understand what it would be like. Definitely didn’t expect it to be this hard. But I think it also shows how important dogs are and how much they can impact your life. Thank you for your sweet comment and the hugs! You’re the best gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. August 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Laura Leigh! Losing a pet is so, so hard. I truly believe that “all dogs go to heaven” and they are waiting for us with all the bones and chews toys they could ever imagine! Prays to you during this tough time!



    • August 18, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Thank you Lindsey! Your comment just made me cry, in a good way. Thinking of Reese in heaven with endless bones and cheese {her favorite ha} puts a smile on my face. You are so sweet!

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. August 18, 2017 / 10:18 am

    GIrlfriend I AM SO sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved her, and I know you’ll always have the sweetest memories of your pup. Sending you good vibes! Love you!

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    • August 18, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Thank you so much Dana! You’re such a sweet friend, I really cherish you. Love you too!

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. August 18, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I am so so sorry Laura! As a dog mom myself I know how they become your whole world. What a blessing that you were able to spend so much time with her these past 24 weeks. Sending love and hugs your way!

    • August 18, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Thank you Gentry! I was definitely very blessed to have those extra weeks with her. I really appreciate your kind comment. Give your sweet baby a little squeeze for me today!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. August 18, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Laura, I’m so, so sorry for your loss and keeping you in my thoughts! I grew up with a Yorkie, too (we got her in 2005) and her passing last year was really tough but I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have her with me through college and post-college life. I always loved seeing peeks of little Reese on social media–what a sweet, gorgeous pup 🙁 Sending you a big hug today xox

    • August 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you Monica! I really appreciate you keeping me in your thoughts. That is so sweet of you. I am so sorry for your loss as well. Losing a pup is so hard! Yorkies are the best though, aren’t they? So much personality. Thank you again sweet friend.

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. August 18, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Ugh, sweet friend I am balling my eyes out. As a dog mom, I feel your pain and I’m so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and Joshua and hope the Lord heals your pain in the perfect timing. Just know your sweet baby isn’t in pain anymore and you’ll see her again!! Love you so much!!



    • August 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Girl your comment made me cry. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate them! Can’t wait to see my baby again some day. Thank you again love. Hope to see you very soon!

      xo Laura Leigh

  11. August 18, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Sweet little Reese! I this was such a hard loss and I hope with time you will feel more peace about it. LOVE YOU!!!

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  12. August 18, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as I know this loss all too well. Just trust and know that God cares for his animals just as he does for us. She knew how much you loved her. And in fact, the greatest amount of love you have given her was letting her go so she could be at peace, no longer in pain. Love you lady and know that I’m here for you!!!

    • August 20, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Heather! Your line about God caring for animal as he does for us, warms my heart and gives me peace. Thank you for that! Love you and appreciate you greatly.

      xo Laura Leigh

  13. Kristina
    August 18, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Ahhh, this must be what you were talking about on your stories. I am SO sorry girl- I can’t imagine how hard this is and so sorry for your loss.

    xo, Kristina

    • August 20, 2017 / 9:25 am

      It is. It took me awhile to be ready to share the news, I think I needed to process it fully first. Thank you Kristina, I really appreciate it gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  14. August 19, 2017 / 12:54 am

    Sending you lots of virtual hugs! I am not an animal person — but I know what a profound impact they can have on your life. It’s always hard when someone close to you passes to the other side. But, all dogs go to heaven — and I know she taught you so many lessons about unbridled joy and unconditional love you can take with you always!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • August 20, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Katie this is the sweetest! Thank you for your comment and kind words. Love hearing that all dogs go to heaven. Can’t wait to see my baby there one day, when it’s my time.

      xo Laura Leigh

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