Everybody grieves in different ways, and pet owners struggling to cope with the loss of a pet are no exception. After his dog’s untimely passing, for example, Actor Orlando Bloom decided to honor his beloved late pet with a tattoo.
But in an interview with The Mirror, the English actor shared that his late dog, Mighty, gave him much more than love, friendship, and many cherished memories together. The sweet pup also helped Bloom, who is expecting a baby girl with singer Katy Perry, prepare for his biggest role yet – fatherhood.
“Funnily enough, [Mighty has] probably made way for this little girl who is coming into my life soon,” Bloom told The Mirror. The English actor was forthright about the deep love and affection he felt for Mighty, who was gifted by Perry and quickly became the actor’s constant companion.
But when Mighty went missing, Bloom left no stone unturned as he raced to save his beloved pet, who was tragically declared dead at the end of a 7-day search. Even so, the actor is glad his fiancé at least got to see how hard he will fight for his family.
“It was probably good for Katy to see me go to the lengths that I went to, to try and find him,” the actor explained. “Mighty was the physical, outward representation of my heart.”
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Mighty’s on the other side now. After 7 days of searching from sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours, today, the 7th day ~the number of completion~ we found his collar… I have wept more this week than I thought possible, which has been very cathartic and healing… I left no stone unturned, crawled thru all the man holes, under the roads, searched every back yard and creek bed. Had two separate sniffer dogs do their best as well. I feel so grateful to have learned from my little Mighty man that love is eternal and the true meaning of devotion. I feel sure he was looking down on me whistling in every back yard and knowing that I was doing all I possibly could to respect our bond. He was more than a companion. It was a soul connection for sure. I’m sorry. I love you. Thank you. RIP my MIGHTY HEART my little fellow A ♠️’s ❤️Thank you to the community for allowing me to search through their yards for him and supporting my midnight walks. It was reassuring to see the best of people even in the worst of times. To the angels of @dogdayssar I’m forever in your debt. You ladies are heaven sent. Lastly thank you to @scottcampbell for the ink. I love you brother❤️l
Have you ever lost a pet? How did you cope with the grief?
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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