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Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Mourn Their Dog With Emotional Tributes

Channing Tatum/Jenna Dewan

The death of a pet can be just as hard as losing a loved one because after all, they are a part of your family.

We welcome these furry and loyal creatures into our lives, and they become such an important part of it, bringing us so much unconditional love and joy.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when we are forced to say goodbye before we're ready, and the pain can be difficult to cope with.

Actor Channing Tatum and his ex-wife Jenna Dewan have recently lost one of their beloved dogs, Lulu, and they have both taken to social media to mourn the pit bull Catahoula mix.

"I'll see you again baby girl. But you'll always be with me. Always," Tatum captioned a black-and-white photo of himself and Lulu playing at the beach. He also thanked photographer Norma Jean Roy for capturing "this memory."

The Magic Mike star's estranged wife also took to the photo and video-sharing platform to express her heartbreak over the tragedy, revealing that Lulu had been fighting cancer.

"To our sweet and fierce Lulu...thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did," Dewan wrote. "Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humor. Thank you for the adventures."

The 38-year-old shared photos of herself and Lulu, who they got from a pound in Alabama, throughout the years. "Heartbroken doesn't even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories...fly sweet angel," she added.

Both Dewan and Tatum have always included Lulu and their miniature Japanese spitz Meeka in every aspect of their lives.

The dogs, who Dewan admitted were spoiled, often accompanied her on set, and have even appeared in photo shoots with the former World of Dance host.

"They have every treat, every bone. We're always like, they won the lottery, especially Lulu," she told People in 2017. "She's wild, she loves adventure, she's always like, "˜Where are we going? What are we doing?' She's a big baby, but she's kind of vicious and also just ready to go all the time."

Lulu was also just like a big sister to the former couple's five-year-old daughter Everly, and over time, "became way more protective" of her.

"I just started realizing it because the other day Everly was having a little toddler day "” she was just cranky and kind of cry-y a little bit and just having one of those days that us mamas know very well," Dewan said at the time. "But Lulu would follow us around the house wherever we were ... if I got up and went to the kitchen she came to the kitchen and sat, and I went, "˜She's protecting her.'"

It is never easy losing such a beloved member of the family, especially at Christmastime. We're thinking of Tatum, Dewan, and Everly during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Lulu.

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