(CNN) - Julianne Hough is mourning the death of her beloved dogs, Lexi and Harley.
The "America's Got Talent" judge on Saturday shared a photo on Instagram of herself cuddling the two "babies."
"Pure love is real, it existed through us," Hough wrote in the caption. "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."
Hough said the two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels died on September 28, but did not disclose how. Lexi was 11 years old, Harley was 8.
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
Hough's husband, hockey player Brooks Laich, also posted a tribute on Instagram.
"Their tragic passing has left my wife and I heartbroken," Laich said. "Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such."
"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," he added.
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