Warning: this may be distressing for some readers.
Nothing is sweeter than the love men have for dogs. But nothing is more bitter than when a dog passes away. Tom Hardy, infamous for taking his dog Woodstock on blockbuster movie sets with him, has written an obituary and made a video for the cute four-legged pal who has sadly passed away.
In a long blog post posted on his Tumblr page, Hardy tells the tale of how he met Woodstock, aka Woody, during the filming of Lawless. Woodstock was a stray dog back then, and the two became inseparable. Hardy spotted him in the dark of night, before Woodstock ran at him, cementing their bond.
Hardy's heartbreaking account of the love he had and has for his dog is enough to make anyone cry (I just did) so make sure you grab a tissue before you read it. If you've ever had a pet, you'll know.
Woodstock was clearly a special dog to Tom, who describes how he was one of the most beloved dogs in Hollywood.
"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 beat JAWS. Something we all thought was brilliant.
He’s been in Peaky Blinders. Everyone who met him loved him. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. All he knew was love."
The video in the post shows photos of the pair on several film sets, messing around and generally spending time together.
Perhaps the most gut-wrenching part of the obituary, however, is when Hardy finally reveals why he's writing the story. Following an action-packed account of events from finding Woodstock to loving him, Tom finally reveals he has now lost him, aged only six years old.
"After a very hard and short 6 month battle with an aggressive polymyositis, Woody passed away, two days ago."
While the obituary is astoundingly sad, Hardy has a knack for including some fairly beautiful passages. Such as this one:
"Above all, I am completely gutted. the world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side."
And this that a friend told him after Woodstock's death: "He was special bro, a shining example of man’s best friend. He burnt very very bright and, those that burn very bright sometimes burn half as long."
Rest in peace, Woodstock. Read the obituary in full on Tom Hardy's Tumblr page.