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.