Dogs are part of our families, so when we have to say goodbye a piece of our hearts go with them.
Sophia Bush took a week to grieve in private before posting the devastating news to Instagram. The actress posted, “It’s been a week. Still not quite sure what to say, but I needed a break from the internet. Needed to be quiet and hold my heart in the tender comfort of best friends and community. We lost our sweet Penny girl last Thursday.”
“We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know how quickly the day would be upon us. For the last seven days we’ve cried, laughed, and missed her with an ache that is hard to describe. We’ve traded photos, and been so supported by our loved ones.”
Bush adopted Penny and instantly fell in love with her. “I loved Penny from the moment I met her. She was a special, wild, rambunctious little thing. Tiny. Sweet. With giant ears, always at attention.” The sweet dog brought her more than joy and unconditional love, she “brought me my best friend,” Jenny Smart.
Penny was a real life-saver when it came to helping raise Griffin, her puppy sibling. “Penny was our mascot. Our welcome wagon. And our guard dog. She helped me, Jenny, @vanessamagos, and Patch survive Griffin’s puppyhood, which was insufferable at times.”
The two dogs became inseparable and would often be found sleeping intertwined. “Penny cleaned his ears every evening around sundown. They were inseparable. Always touching. Always sleeping in a tangled pretzel.”
Griffin is mourning the loss of his big sister, too. “Seeing him look for her in the house makes my heart catch in my throat. He misses her too. We all do. Sure, Penny was mine, but she was truly ours. She was family.”
She ends by urging everyone to adopt. “Adopt a dog if you’ve ever wanted to. It’ll change your life. It’ll blow your heart open and teach you how big it is. It’ll fill your house with laughter and love. And leave you better than you were before. Sending big love to all the rescuers out there. There’s never enough time, but there’s more than enough love to go around.”
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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