Losing a furry member of your family is just as devastating as losing a human you love. It is very normal to mourn your pet in the best way you see fit.
While many people like to do so behind closed doors, there are some who publicly acknowledge their loss. Actor Tom Hardy is one of them.
He may be known for playing the tough-guy in movies like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, but when it comes to dogs Hardy is a big softie.
The actor lost his beloved dog, Woody, last week at the age of 6 due to polymyositis. To honor his memory, Hardy penned an emotionally-charged letter to honor his loyal companion.
In the heartbreaking letter, Hardy shared his journey with Woody Woodstock Yamaduki Hardy, from the moment he was rescued to the diagnosis that resulted in his death.
"He was an Angel. And he was my best friend. We went through so much together," Hardy wrote on his Tumblr blog.
The grieving actor was extremely close with his pooch. The labrador mix was often present on set, accompanied Hardy to red carpet events and even had a brief cameo in Peaky Blinders.
"He has been on many sets. Met many crews. Photo shoots premieres made many many friends he was #73 most influential animal in TIME magazine.He’s been in peaky blinders. Legend everyone who met him loved him. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. All he knew was love."
Hardy, who is otherwise a very private guy, couldn't help but speak out about Woody's death because not only did he touch the actor's life, he "affected so many people in his own right."
"Above all I am completely gutted," admitted Hardy towards the end of the letter. "The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side. To the bestest friend ever. To me and to a family who loved him beyond words and whom he loved without doubt more than I have ever known. Woody was the bestest of journey companions we ever could dream of having. Our souls intertwined forever."
It's never easy losing a companion. We wish Tom all the best.