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The Loss of a Pet Blogging Icon

Lorie Huston
L to R: BlogPaws’ co-founder, Yvonne DiVita, me, and Dr. Lorie Huston. August, 2014 at the WIPIN Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Some pet parents come into our lives and change the fiber of who we are by making us a better person in general. Dr. Lorie Huston was one of those people.

The planet is a whole lot darker and the heavens are a whole lot brighter today, as we lost Dr. Lorie Huston this week from liver failure.  For those unfamiliar with Dr. Lorie, she was a devoted veterinarian, author, and animal advocate.

I feel empty this week and as if this didn’t happen. Death is a leveler of us all, yet Lorie’s loss seems like more than a part of life’s circle. It was sudden, shocking to the community of pet bloggers who came to know and love her, and her passing cast a somber pallor across the cyberworld.

Lorie was a Fidose of Reality Pawer Woman.  “I grew up with dogs and cats in my family as pets,” Lorie told me in 2012. “Becoming a veterinarian was a childhood dream which was made possible with the support of two wonderful parents and lots of hard work.”

We live in a very social media heavy world: We share across an electronic medium yet we are as close as a keystroke away. We develop friendships from online connections that develop into IRL (in real life) bonds. Lorie and I “auto tweeted” each other; if I blogged, my tweet appeared in her timeline and vice versa. Tweets are happening every time I post on Lorie’s Twitter account. It feels particularly heavy to me and my heart beats in broken rhythm with this news.

In response to being named a Pawer Woman, Lorie said:


Lorie helped me personally with health advice for my own dog, we tweeted and Facebook shared and blogged and now she’s gone. I will follow in your footsteps, the path you helped trailblaze, Lorie, and you will not be forgotten.

Thank you, Amy Jo Hanna Eckenrode, for this video featuring two major losses this week: Dr. Sophia Yin and Dr. Lorie Huston, both gone way too soon. You can read Lorie’s blog archives, Pet Health Care Gazette, here.

About Carol Bryant

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and a frequently sought-after media contributor with over 15 years’ experience writing and blogging about Cocker Spaniels, dog trends, dogs, and the pet industry. She co-authored Pet Blogging for Love & Money and is the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Yvonne DiVita says

    We will all be mourning this terrible loss for many moons to come. And, she will live on in our memories, in our hearts, in our purpose. No one served the purpose of loving animals unconditionally, with sincere and heartfelt warmth as much as Dr. Lorie. I cannot believe she is gone.

  2. Emma says

    Wonderful post about Lorie. That just came out of nowhere for me! I first saw her at BlogPaws 2013, and this year I was at her lunch table with Hills where I got to talk with her a bit. So very sad.

  3. Ellen Morrissey says

    What a fitting tribute to someone who had such an impact on the pet blogging community and pets. RIP

  4. Caren Gittleman says

    I am crying all over again. THIS was INCREDIBLE. The only sense I can make out of any of this, is that there have been so many furbabies crossing the Bridge lately, that maybe God needed help? That’s all I can make sense out of. He needed OUR Angels to help him.
    I didn’t know Dr.Sophia but in this video her vibrance shines through.
    I did know Lorie and am blessed that I did.
    Everything everyone has said couldn’t be more true.
    She listened, she loved, she cared….she was real.
    I will never, ever stop missing her.
    Thank you for this marvelous tribute.

  5. Shawna Schuh says

    So wonderful to hear your thoughts Carol and the video is wonderful –
    Just saw a starving cat down on the road and so stopped and left some of my lunch there for it – will go see what I can do – in memory of Lorie – she was such a light! So are you my friend – keep shining and thank you! Shawna

  6. Caroline thomas says

    We should love animals for being loved by them.Honestly this is the first time I came here to read the blog,so I dont know about Mrs.Lorie.And condolences for the loss of big pet blogging icon. 🙁

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