Mandy Moore, one of the stars of the popular This Is Us drama on NBC, has said that her “heart is utterly shattered” by the loss of her beloved dog, Joni. Yesterday, the 36-year-old actress shared the sad news via Instagram, writing:
Last night, very unexpectedly, we lost our Joni girl. Yes, she was almost 13. Yes, she had pretty major surgery a week ago to remove a mass on her liver but she was recovering really well. Until last night. I knew something was amiss when she, lifelong food-obsessed, didn’t finish her dinner and couldn’t get comfortable in bed (despite being on pain meds)
Moore adopted the adorable pooch back in 2008 from the Barking Lot Rescue in San Diego. She said that she was “instantly smitten” after meeting Joni.
To know her, was to love her. She never met a stranger. She was waaaaay more human (or muppet) than dog. She loved ANYTHING she could eat, even if sometimes it was gross (cat poop 🤢).
Moore shared her grief, and her deep love for her long-time companion, writing:
My heart is utterly shattered. She was my first love and best friend. Through every twist and turn of life of this past decade and change, she was right there. There’s a deep chasm of emptiness that will never be filled but I am so grateful for her sweet nature and the endless connection, compassion, responsibility, patience and devotion that the love of a pet can bring into your orbit.
Ending with words of gratitude for Joni’s unconditional love,
I will love and miss you forever, my Joni. Thank you for beyond a lifetime of love.
(Image via Mandy Moore/Instagram)
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