The loss of a dedicated recipe taster

We had to say goodbye to our much-adored family pet today. Lily, a lurcher rescue from Battersea Dog’s Home in 2002 gave us nine years of warmth and energy.

Nothing prepares you for the loss of a special pet. She’d been ill for a few months but I still can’t comprehend she’s gone.

She was our first ‘baby’ – the pet you buy after you’ve moved in with your serious boyfriend and want to start nesting.

She loved our two boys with her mighty big heart, and they adored her right back.

Lily was definitely a foodie. She was always on high alert every time a chicken was roasted, waiting in the wings for some remnants to be thrown her way.

Unlike other members of my family she never complained about my cooking ONCE and always ate everything put in front of her.

She was the only other female in this house of boys. I’ll miss her soulful brown eyes in the corner of our kitchen, our walks around the park, the sound of her paws padding around the tiles in pursuit of the next snack.

Goodbye Lily old friend – you can rest now.


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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20 Responses to The loss of a dedicated recipe taster

  1. As a huge animal lover I just wanted to comment and say I know how you feel. Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a beloved pet, and only pet lovers can understand the loss your feeling. I’ve got a little Yorkie that we treat as our child – like you she is our first “baby” and when I constantly talk about her all day long some people who don’t have pets just don’t get why I love my dog so much. Anyways, I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to let you know it’s great, and that I’m really sorry for your loss.

    – Andrea from Made With Pink

    • Katie Bryson says:

      Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful words Andrea. Losing Lily is just heartbreaking for our family and we’re all still in shock really. It’s lovely of you to stop by and comment, I really appreciate it.

  2. Ele says:

    It’s a beautiful picture of her Katie, and as always beautifully written. Thinking of you all so much at the moment. Lots of love.

  3. Oh Katie,

    I am so sorry. Lily was one of the most lovely dogs that I have met.

    Lots of love to all of you


  4. Rosemary Hamilton says:

    Lovely photo and tribute to Lily, I will miss her she has been such a part of your family.Your first dog is always special and I am thinking of you all at this time.

  5. sorry to hear about Lily, it is hard, Im dreading mine going, she nearly 16 now and the only baby 2nd hubby and I “had” together…

    • Katie Bryson says:

      It’s not easy Elaine and you can never be prepared for the grief – it’s amazing how important a pet becomes in your lives. Lily has left a gaping hole.

  6. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. You know my thoughts on this petal, thinking of you all. Lots of love xxx

  7. ali.b. says:

    Oh no such a sad post sorry for your loss xx

  8. Bea Parkin says:

    What a sad but lovely post in equal measure. It’s so hard when you lose loved ones, and pets are loved ones. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you. Lovely tribute, lovely picture. xxx

  9. This brought a lump to my throat. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet (and I am especially a dog lover) and it must have been very, very difficult writing this. What a lovely tribute.

    Hannah @ Love to Dine

  10. Aveen says:

    I’m just catching up with week’s worth of blogs in my reader, and have only just seen this. So so sorry to hear about Lily – I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved family member (mine was of the feline variety). Hope you’re doing ok – much love & hugs to you and your family x

    • Katie Bryson says:

      Ah thanks hun – yes it’s been pretty tough getting used to life without Lily. The house feels empty and I still feel like I can hear her moving about. It’ll take a while.

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