Sandra Bullock recalls losing her father and two dogs just weeks apart

Sandra Bullock is reflecting on her year of heartbreak.

During her guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, the 54-year-old actress opens up about what it was like losing her father and two of her dogs within weeks apart.

The Bird Box star's father, John W. Bullock, died at the age of 93 in September, around the same time her beloved pets Poppy and Ruby died.

"Life, I realized, happens whether you schedule it or not," Sandra tells host Ellen DeGeneres. "That just blew my mind this year."

"My dad died, and then while my dad was failing, we get a call from the nanny that our dog, Ruby, the two-legger, had a stroke," she continues. "And I’m like, 'What, what?' I was like, 'Just put her on life support. Do something.' And they go, 'We can't. She's suffering.' So I was like, 'OK,  there’s a reason for this.' Dad’s settled. We fly home."

Sandra continues on, telling Ellen she received even more terrible news just "days later."

"The nanny comes into the room. She’s got a look on her face," she explains. "I'm like, 'What did the kids [Louis, 8, and Laila, 6] do?' She’s like, 'I need to speak to you in the bedroom.' And I was like, 'OK,' and she goes, 'Your other dog has a heart tumor, and she’s going to die in three days.'"

"So, you know what, it’s life,” she added. "But, you know, when you lose your little rides-or-die, it makes things different."

Luckily, Sandra received plenty of hugs and support from her children during the tumultuous time. She became a mom for the first time in 2010 when she adopted son Louis, and welcomed daughter Laila into her life via adoption in 2015.

When ET spoke with her earlier this month, she opened up about wanting kids at an early age -- and why that never happened.

"I would have been pregnant or knocked up at 17. I wanted to be a mom at a very young age. So I kind of felt the drive and the desire to," she explained. "My mother knew that and she kept me under lock and key."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Bird Box' New York Screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Sandra Bullock attends the European premiere of the film 'Bird Box' at Zoo Palast on November 27, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 09: Sandra Bullock signs autographs at Comic-Con São Paulo on December 9, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Sandra Bullock arrives at 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, June 7, 2018, with guests Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Sandra Bullock, Gesine Bullock-Prado and Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sarah Paulson (L) and Sandra Bullock attend the 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sandra Bullock attends the world premiere of 'Ocean's 8' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' special edition episodes air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals. The guest for Sunday, June 3 included Sandra Bullock ('Ocean's 8'). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) SANDRA BULLOCK
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Sandra Bullock is seen leaving her hotel on May 24, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Sandra Bullock is seen on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: (L-R) Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kalling attend the 'Ocean's 8' worldwide photo call at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 03: Actress Sandra Bullock speaks during the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2018 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Dinner at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: (L-R) Actresses Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and actress/rapper Awkwafina attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to The Big Picture, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sandra Bullock arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Sandra Bullock seen at the 'Ocean's Eight' film set in Central Park on January 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock is seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock seen on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' in Central Park on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on October 31, 2016 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress Sandra Bullock (R) and Cate Blanchett are seen on the set of 'Ocean's Eight' on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Sandra Bullock accepts the Favorite Movie Actress award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy backstage at the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016, from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock seen out in Manhattan on October 29, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock is seen heading to Today TV Show on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0355 -- Pictured: Actress Sandra Bullock on October 28, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Sandra Bullock Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Sandra Bullock at the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actresses Sandra Bullock (L) and Zoe Kazan attend the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress/producer Sandra Bullock speaks onstage during the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Executive Producer/actress Sandra Bullock, Producer Grant Heslov and actress Zoe Kazan attend EW's Must List Party during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Thompson Hotel on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Executive Producer/Actress Sandra Bullock (L) and Producer George Clooney arrive to the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' photo call at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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