Julianne Hough posts heartbreaking tribute to her dogs who passed away on the same day

Julianne Hough is mourning the loss of her two dogs, who passed away on the same day last month. 

The "Dancing with the Stars" alum shared a tribute to her pups Harley and Lexi on her Instagram over the weekend, revealing the two Cavalier King Charles pups both passed away on Sept. 28th. 

"Pure love is real, it existed through us," Hough wrote about Harley, 8, and Lexi, 11. "My heart expanded and felt the truth of what is possible. I am forever grateful. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being my babies, my daughters. Thank you for choosing me."

The 31-year-old did not go into further details of the dogs' deaths and concluded the photos, "I’ve never experienced a love like ours. I miss you. I love you forever. Now you are free." Her husband Brooks Laich also posted a tribute to the couple's dogs, who he called "our children." 

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Happy Birthday to my precious angel baby Harley! 🎉🎊🎂 She’s 49 years old today which is the most hysterical thing on the planet because she is my little baby and DEFINITELY acts like it! She’s the little diva of the family and demands treats and attention, and she gets whatever she wants! Harley you mean the world to me, I love you so much! Happy Birthday baby! 🐼❤️#alwaysmybaby #lexisyoungersister #diva #littleone
Pure love is real, it existed through us. My heart expanded and felt the truth of what is possible. I am forever grateful. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being my babies, my daughters. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for teaching me how to be your mother. Thank you for allowing me to give and receive love. Thank you for your kisses. Thank you for your blessings every single minute of every single day. Thank you for your souls. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for letting me protect you. Thank you for protecting each other. Thank you for the timeless memories. Thank you for your magic. Thank you for being the most consistent and constant beings in my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being my guardians on this earth and even more so now. I’ve never experienced a love like ours. I miss you I love you forever Now You Are Free Lexi July 21 2008 - September 28 2019 Harley March 28 2011 - September 28 2019
The many faces of little miss Harley. 😂
Happy birthday to this perfect momma!!! 🐼❤️
Harley you’re 8!!! My angel baby beauty. 🎉
Harley wanted in on the crystals. ✨
Lexi😍 The momma of all the mommas! #NationalPuppyDay
Little angels. #NationalPuppyDay
Happy #NationalPuppyDay to my little angel fur babies. Love them to the moon and back!! 😍🐶🐼
DAY 7: Are you guys sticking with it?! I am LOVING all of your Morning Pages that I’ve been seeing… My heart is so full! 😍 #MorningPagesChallenge
DAY 5: Bringing my morning pages to the park today! ✍🏼 Where are you guys doing your #MorningPagesChallenge? (P.S. we’re halfway there!!👏🏼 ... Also how cute is Lexi 😭)
Merry Christmas from the Laich’s!!🎄🎁🎅🏼❤️ Note: who can spot the hidden heart?
My two little loves.
#WCW my girls 🐶🐼❤️ #whatalife
Cruising into the day like....SO. MUCH. ENERGY!!! 🤣🤪😂🙌🏼 let’s go get it today babes! #SquadGoals #bringingtheenergy #seizetheday #makeithappen #Lexi #Harley #dogsofinstagram
#FBF 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 To my private obnoxious performance for #lexi 🐶 back in 2014 at the beacon theatre on our very first @moveliveontour with my 14 year old Matt Damon hair cut! Enjoy..... 🤣🤣🤣 #unconditionally #truelove #whatnotesamisinging? #yourewelcome 👍🏼
Who run the world? Girls!!! Love my girls with my whole ❤️ 🐶🐼 . #LexiandHarley #NationalLoveYourPetDay #thatseverydayatourhouse #thelmaandlouise
It is with the heaviest heart that I share with you the passing of our beloved dogs Lexi and Harley. Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken. Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such. They were the purest example of love that I have ever seen. They showed me that true love did exist in the world. The way they loved their mom @juleshough and the way she loved them back was the first time I knew that there was hope for me to have love in my life. And they accepted me into their little family, and helped me become a dad for the first time. The past 2 weeks have been filled with tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. The immense pain we feel by their loss is due to the overwhelming love we had for them. Every single beautiful part of them will be missed, but we trust that they are in a better place now, and can still feel their presence in our hearts. I want to thank the many people who have helped see us through the past 2 weeks. The outpouring of love and support we have received from our family and friends has helped heal our hearts. I am eternally grateful for everyone who has held space for my wife and I to grieve and mourn. There are too many names to list, but you all know who you are, and know that we couldn’t have made it through this without each and everyone of you. In the most sincere way possible, thank you very much. Thank you to @kristysowin, @derekhough, and @camilaforeroo for going above and beyond what we could ever imagine asking of you. There simply are no words to express our gratitude, we love you deeply and are so grateful for you. Thank you to my wife for allowing me to share in their world, and trusting me to be their dad. I wasn’t perfect, but I loved them with every ounce of my heart. And thank you Lexi and Harley, for teaching me grace, softening my heart, and showing me love. You are perfect, and may you Rest In Peace. ❤️🐶🐼🐺💑❤️
Family has this Sunday thing figured out.... 😉👌 #sundayvibes
Anyone else have a pet who does Sundays like a boss?!? 🐼😂 #Harley #sundayvibes
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"Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken," he wrote. "Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such."

Tributes flooded both Laich and Hough's Instagram posts famous faces and fans alike after they shared the news.

"There is no love like the unconditional love of our pets," wrote actress Mandy Moore.

Commented Laich on his wife's post, "They loved their mom as much as their mom loved them. You gave them the best life anyone could ever ask for, and thank you for sharing their love with me!"

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich attend Steven Tyler's GRAMMY Awards viewing party benefiting Janie's Fund held at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend Julianne Hough and Anita Patrickson Host an evening at AMANU to benefit LOVE UNITED at Amanu on May 10, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Amanu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend Lorraine Schwartz launches The Eye Bangle a new addition to her signature Against Evil Eye Collection at Delilah on March 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Lorraine Schwartz )
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend the Volkswagen Holiday Drive-In Event at Releigh Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 16, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for dOMAIN Integrated)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Julianne Hough and husband Brooks Laich attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The Trevor Project )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the Paint & Sip & Help event to Benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles hosted by The Grove on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend Nina Dobrev celebrates the harper by Harper's BAZAAR September Issue with an Event Presented By Sephora In LA at Rosaline on August 22, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for harper by Harper's BAZAAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Professional hockey player Brooks Laich and professional dancer Julianne Hough attend the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala Presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 22: Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough and fiance Brooks Laich of the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland park on June 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Resorts via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Brooks Laich and fiance Julianne Hough attend FOX's "Grease: Live" For Your Consideration Event Event at Paramount Studios on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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