Actor pens poignant tribute to rescued dog, who died far too young

Actor pens poignant tribute to beloved dog
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On June 7, actor Tom Hardy penned a poignant tribute to his rescued dog “Woodstock,” who died far too young, at just six years of age. Hardy described how the floppy-eared puppy had been rescued on a dark night in Georgia, while Hardy was in the midst of shooting “Lawless.”

Hardy wrote of the puppy who he had rescued at just 11 weeks of age, “He was an Angel. And he was my best friend. We went through so much together.”

Woodstock, aka “Woody,” accompanied Hardy to “many” sets and befriended countless people. Hardy wrote, “Legend everyone who met him loved him. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. All he knew was love.”

Hardy wrote that he was “gutted” over the loss of his “bestest” friend. He wrote:

I don’t normally speak out about family and friends but this is an unusual circumstance. Woody affected so many people in his own right so with great respect to his autonomy and as a familiar friendly face to many of you, it is with great great sadness a heavy heart that I inform you that after a very hard and short 6 month battle with an aggressive polymyostisis Woody passed away, two days ago. He was only Age 6. He was Far too young to leave us and We at home are devastated by his loss I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering.

There is no love quite like that of a beloved dog – the unconditional acceptance and constant companionship is something special and at times (many times) life changing.

So very sorry for your extreme loss Mr. Hardy – rest easy Woody.

Watch the loving tribute to Woodstock below:

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  1. I am sorry you lost your best friend at such a young age. I know how attached you get to them. Everyone of them have a place in your heart and will for your lifetime. I have had one die of cancer, laying on my bed with me and another one, I had to put down, with cancer. I still hurt to this day every time I pass their cemetery. I still love them to this day and you will to. Sorry for losing your best friend.

  2. What a beautiful, well written tribute. Tom Hardy is a great actor and a huge animal lover. This is a heartbreaking loss for him and his family. My heart certainly goes out to him, and them.

  3. My sincere condolences to Mr Hardy on his loss of his boy Woodstock “Woody”. All of us who have lost a treasured friend know the heartache well. Woody was one fortunate boy to have found a Dad like Mr Hardy.

  4. Because I think all dogs are pure perfection from their noses to the tip of their tails,inside and out,there is only ONE minus to owning one and that is when they have to leave us!!! RIP WOODY

  5. This really hits home for me, as I lost my sweet deaf girl, Ran, at just five years of age. It’s been just over two years, but I still miss her so much. It’s never easy to say goodbye to the dog, cat, or other animal that has become part of your family. Knowing that they lived a long, wonderful life makes it easier. Knowing that they were taken far too early makes it that much harder.

  6. I rescued a dog that ended up dying shortly before turning 6, likely from a full blown seizure or brain anuerysm. It’s a painful loss, crushing. I went on to rescue another dog who will be turning 7 next month. It’s really all we can do, be there for them during their life, and it’s a gift everyday we have with them. I’m happy to hear of people like Tom Hardy who could afford whatever special show dog, but instead chooses to rescue. Makes me smile, and hope it moves others to do the same


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