Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Had to Make the Painful Decision to Put His Puppy Down
Brutus may have had a short life, but it sure was full of love.
Grab a box of tissues, because today life isn’t fair.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s brand new addition to the family, an adorable French Bulldog puppy named Brutus, has sadly passed away. The actor announced the news on his official Instagram, reminding fans to live and love as greatly as they can today because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
In the photo, The Rock is holding Brutus in what looks like a pet hospital, and the caption details what led to the little pup’s death.
“As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. The mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return.”
Sadly, the actor says he was there holding Brutus’s paw in the final moments of his life. He thanks the vets for doing all they could for his beloved puppy, and also urges pet owners to watch out for dangerous mushrooms like these in yards and parks of their own.
Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus’ suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil’ paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil’ family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We’ll always love you Brutus.. and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime
“We’ll always love you, Brutus… and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute,” he writes. Johnson adopted two Bulldog Puppies over Labor Day weekend, and even had to jump into the pool to save the curious little guys from drowning. He also shared a cute photo after taking Brutus to the vet when he was sick.
First I save this lil’ zombie Brutus’ life from drowning in the pool, now he decides to get all sick on me and having that awesome “north/south” action coming out of both ends of his body. Fun night. Thank you to the animal Dr’s and nurses at St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital for taking care of our gremlin. He’ll be back in no time wrestling and biting the shit outta my hands and happily peeing on my Jordan’s. #LetsGetYouHomeBigBoy #ThisPupsHadACrazy72Hrs #HesAlreadyTougherThanA2DollarSteak
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It’s a sad day for The Rock! Just six weeks ago he mourned the loss of his dog Louie, who he took care of for five years.
It seems that pets always have a way of leaving too soon.