Our pets come into our lives and capture every piece of our hearts. We grow with them, we live with them, we care for them, and we love them more than we can describe.
With dogs especially, there is a bond that's formed that cannot be described. So when your beloved animals passes away, you grieve as though a member of your family has just died...because they have.
Thought celebrities are blessed in many ways, they are certainly not immune to the pain of losing a pet. Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Twilight star Nikki Reed, said goodbye to their dog Ira, and they were clearly very upset about it.
My sweet Ira girl. So many memories, so many adventures with you by my side. You’ve been my best friend for so long, and as I sit here and write you this letter, I still don’t know if I am able to say goodbye. You are the definition of unconditional love my gorgeous girl. You taught me so much about so much...in many ways our greatest teacher. You’ve been here for every chapter, as my rock, my favorite cuddle buddy and my best girl. We’ve explored endless fields, mountains, and airplanes. We’ve traveled across the country together more than once, snuggled on couches under one blanket, and jogged the hot streets of Georgia for miles on end sharing water bottles and kisses. We’ve slept in vans, lived in hotels, and jumped off of boats. Every chapter of my life feels like it wouldn’t have been as special without you, and now I don’t know how to let you go. I’m going to miss that goofy toothy grin, and watching you stretch your head up to the sky after every nap. I’m going to miss those sensitive eyes that looked so deep into my soul I sometimes wondered if you knew me better than I knew myself. You’re the only dog I’ve ever known that would sing along to the radio, letting us know when it was time to turn it up because you found one you liked. You showed me that sitting on my toes felt as sweet as holding hands, and you knew what I was thinking before I even said it. I still cant figure out how all 75 pounds of you could curl up into such a tiny ball at my feet. I guess you’ll have to explain that trick to me in our next life together. We shared so many secrets, so many laughs, so many tears. You know it all, you’ve seen it all. You brought smiles to all of us in our saddest moments, touching hearts everywhere you went, and there isn’t a single person who didn’t say you were magic my girl. Everyone who met you fell in love, everyone who met you wanted more. Thank you for being my kid in this life my Ira girl. Ill be bringing you back to our favorite lake soon...
At 12:11 PM PST this beautiful girl took her last breath. Quietly cancer had filled this amazing girl of mine and there was nothing any of us could do. I’ve never known a more incredible animal. A soul that spoke 1,000 languages. Kid, I will miss you and anyone that ever got to know you will miss you. Countless flights, 100nights in the airstream, driving across the country, jumping in every lake- river- stream and ocean there was, just for a splash and to be happy. Thank you for loving me like I’ve never known. I know you’re here, your energy is here with us-I saw you playing with Neech this morning. I love you kiddo. Love, Dad
Somerhalder and Reed have a house full of animals, often fostering animals in need, but Ira was a staple in their lives. Despite all the other horses, cats, and dogs they care for, the couple saw Ira as one of their own kids.
It will never get easier losing a pet, but you will start to focus more on the memories you have rather than those that could have been. We hope Ian and Nikki find the peace they need in this emotional time.