Rebecca and Jeff, aka Wicker and Wilde, both love their dogs immensely and found this story so beautiful that we wanted to share it with you.
Greenville, South Carolina’s Sallie Gregory-Hammett has gone viral on social media after sharing the obituary she wrote for her beloved golden retriever, Charlie, who passed away at age seven following a five-month battle with lymphoma.
“I know it’s cliché but he was my best friend,” Gregory-Hammett tells the Huffington Post. “He went with me everywhere —work, hiking, trips to Home Depot. He was just a constant source of comfort and companionship and joy. Everyone that knew me knew Charlie and knew how much I loved him.”
Devastated after her loss, she decided to channel her grief into a loving tribute to her canine furbaby. She wrote of Charlie’s love of smiling, snoozing, car rides, bananas and more, noting, “If we’re being honest, Charlie loved everything life had to offer (except stairs. He hated stairs).” She also noted, “In [lieu> of flowers, the family asks that you give all your pups some extra love in honor of Charlie.”
Originally Gregory-Hammett planned to publish the obituary in the local newspaper, but due to cost she instead decided to share it with just family and friends, and created a mock newspaper article. They soon pushed her to share it online, and she did captioning it, “I wrote my dog an obituary because of course I did. He was the best boy.” The post has since gone viral, racking up more than 100,000 likes, with lots of people sharing about their missed dogs and how they celebrated them.
“The likes are awesome but the best part has been all of the replies,” she noted. “Reading about everyone else’s special doggos, and all the people that say they loved Charlie even though they never met him. It’s just been so comforting — it makes me feel less alone and just flooded with love.”