Serena Williams Posts Heartbreaking Tribute Following the Death of Her Dog

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R.I.P. Jackie Baila Pete Williams.

Serena Williams’ pup passed away early Tuesday morning (Nov. 24, 2015)at the age of 16. To remember her, the tennis star posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram.

Today really is hard for me. My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today. She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go. With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much. I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. #breakingheart #bff Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever.

My angel A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

Earlier today, she also posted a Snapchat video of she and her dog — most probably right before Williams had to put her down. Fighting back tears, the distraught Wimbledon winner tells the camera, “This is the love of my life and her name’s Jackie.”