Woman’s Heartfelt Obituary To Deceased Dog Goes Viral On Twitter

When Sallie Hammett’s dog, Charlie, passed away, the South Carolina woman knew she had to commemorate the dog who’d become her “right hand man” since being adopted as a puppy. “He was just the happiest dog,” Hammett told the Greenville News. “He had a lot of personality.”

So when Charlie lost his 5-month battle with cancer, Hammett penned a heartfelt obituary to her beloved pup and posted it on Twitter. “Charlie’s favorite activities were walking, stick collecting, swimming, smiling, and snoozing,” the tribute read. “If we’re being honest, Charlie loved everything life had to offer (except stairs. Charlie hated stairs).”

The tribute went on to note how Charlie loved the beach, car rides, bananas, socks, chasing squirrels, and went tailgating, camping, hiking, and fishing. But “more than anything else, Charlie loved his mom,” the post read, recalling Charlie as his owner’s constant companion through heartache, moves, grief, and joy. “He was good at a lot of things, but he was best at unconditional love. He taught everyone he met about loving people, and always seeing the good in everyone.”

The heartwarming tribute was quickly shared on Twitter, where it racked up more than 100,000 likes and 10,000 retweets in weeks. Moreover, it also inspired dog owners from all over the world to share their condolences and stories of their own pets. “It’s heartwarming,” said Hammett. “Everyone has been so overwhelmingly sweet.”

But the best part is how pet owners have responded to Hammett’s request to honor Charlie by showing their pups some extra love. “It’s cool that is has however many likes, but the best thing is how people are responding with their dogs,” she said. “People will send a picture like, ‘Roscoe’s getting extra belly rubs tonight,’ or other dogs that are waiting to meet Charlie across the Rainbow Bridge. I’m just so grateful for the outpouring of love that has come from it.”

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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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