Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are mourning the loss of one of their dogs, Sophie, the former “Vanderpump Rules” stars shared in a social media post on March 7, 2023.
“We are heartbroken to say that we lost a piece of our family early yesterday morning,” Taylor captioned a video montage featuring their beloved Sophie. “Dogs are never here with us long enough, but I am so thankful I had this sweet sweet angel Sophie in our life. She made our lives better every single day and we already miss her terribly. She was small but mighty. We love you Sophie.”
Cartwright, who married Taylor in 2019, shared a near-identical post on her Instagram feed.
Here’s what you need to know:
Brittany Cartwright Previously Suggested That Sophie Was Having a Hard Time
A few days before Sophie crossed the rainbow bridge, Cartwright shared a photo of the pup on her Instagram Stories and implied that the pup was struggling. Neither Taylor nor Cartwright shared the reason for Sophie’s decline.
The former reality television stars introduced “little Sophie” to the world in 2020. The couple also share two other dogs, a Yorkie named Kingsley and a micro mini poodle named Monroe. In 2017, Bravo reported that Kingsley and Monroe were “very spoiled,” as evidenced by their respective Instagram accounts, @spoiledkingsley and @spoiledmonroe.
In October 2018, Cartwright suffered another loss when her family dog, Maci Grace, died.
“My baby lost her baby yesterday.. Brittany’s little girl Maci Grace was sent to heaven yesterday after a long 17 years with her momma. Please let Britt know you are thinking of her, we all know how much she loves animals/especially her own and will do anything for them, so this has been really tough for her. I love you baby and so did Maci, you will see her again one day I promise,” Taylor captioned an Instagram post at the time.
In a November 2018 story about the passing of Maci Grace, Bravo quoted family grief counselor Jill S. Cohen as saying the loss of a pet can result in “very, very, intense grief.”
“A pet is a family member. When any beloved family member dies, those who love him or her grieve. One can grieve as much or even more over the death of a pet as that of a human,” Cohen told Bravo.
The counselor explained that while human relationships can be “complicated,” a pet provides “unconditional love”, stability and reliability.
“The bond between a human and a pet can sometimes be like none other,” Cohen said.
Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright Received Love & Support From Family, Friends & Fans
Many people commented on Taylor and Cartwright’s Instagram posts, offering condolences to the couple following Sophie’s death.
“I love you bitty. she had the best life a girl could ask for, all because of you,” wrote Cartwright’s pal and former “Vanderpump Rules” co-star Kristen Doute. Doute also shared a post about Sophie on her Instagram Stories on March 7, 2023.
“We loved you so much little Sophie bean,” Doute captioned a repost of Cartwright’s tribute video. “I love you @brittany. I’m so sorry. You’re the best mama your little rescue baby could ever ask for,” she added.
Additional comments piled up in the comments section of both Cartwright and Taylor’s Instagram posts.
“Tears flowing,” said Cartwright’s mom, Sherry Cartwright.
“So sorry about Sophie. Only if our fur babies could live so much longer than they do,” a fan wrote.
“So sorry to hear about this. You and Jax gave her a better life. She was lucky to have found her forever home with you,” another Instagram user said.
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