Warning: This post is going to make you cry.
This week, comedian Sarah Silverman had to put down her beloved dog, Duck. She set aside her usual snarkiness and penned a heartbreaking tribute to her friend on her WhoSay page.
Silverman described finding Duck, who she guesses was about 19 when he passed, in a no-kill shelter. Near the end of their 14-year friendship, Duck’s health took a turn for the worse.
“He was a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love,” she wrote. “Over the past few years he became blind, deaf, and arthritic. But with a great vet, good meds, and a first rate seeing-eye person named me, he truly seemed comfortable.
"Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go,” she wrote.
Silverman made the difficult decision to put Duck to sleep.
“I held him close – in our usual spoon position and stroked him,” she wrote. “I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love…I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing.”
In closing, she wrote,
My longest relationship.
My only experience of maternal love.
My constant companion.
My best friend.
If you have known the love of an animal, you are probably a little choked up right now. But Silverman’s beautiful tribute isn’t the only instance of a celebrity pouring their heart out over the loss of a pet.
“She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head,” Apple said in a handwritten note to her fans.
“She's my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is.”
Apple wrote that, although her work was important to her, nothing was more important than showing love to her best friend.
“I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.
I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.
And helps her be comfortable, and comforted, and safe, and important.
“…I need to do my damnedest to be there for that.
Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I've ever known.
When she dies.”
And we all cried forever.
On the other end of the human spectrum, for many years actor Mickey Roarke had a Chihuahua named Loki. He would sometimes bring the dog on the red carpet and even thanked her during a Golden Globes speech.
“Loki is the love of my life,” Roarke once said.
In 2009, Loki passed away.
"Loki is deeply missed but with me in spirit. I am very blessed she fell asleep peacefully in my arms,” Roarke said in a statement to PEOPLE Pets.
Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain’s daughter, mourned the passing of her French bulldog, Uncle Fester, in 2013.
“I am beyond devastated,” she tweeted. “I will miss his giant head and alien/gremlin personality & his big dumb dopey grin.”
"Essentially he died in his sleep, which is all I could've asked for. I am greatful [sic] his suffering has ended & that he is somewhere peacful [sic] without pain. I'm greatful for the love he exuded & the happiness that filled my life because of his existence... He will forever be embedded in my heart & I will miss him eternally.”
Ok, that’s enough sadness for now. If you have a furry loved one, give them an extra hug today.