Gʀɪᴇꜰ is one of the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ feelings a person can experience. Lᴏsɪɴɢ a loved one is never easy and takes a lot of time to process. Animals are not ᴇxᴄʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ from this sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ, too. This is the heart-melting moment a ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ dog snuggles up to a cushion emblazoned with the face of his ᴅᴇᴀᴅ pooch pal.
For 10 long and happy years, Spencer and Rocky were inseparable pals. They play together, eat from the same bowl and even sleep in the same bed. Beth Fisher, the dogs’ owner said:” They had never spent a night apart. Rocky and Spencer slept in the same bed, ate from the same bowl and always walked together when they went out.” Indeed, the sweet pups’ greatest delight was simply being around one another. However, their beautiful friendship was ɪɴᴛᴇʀʀᴜᴘᴛᴇᴅ by Rocky’s ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ. When the beautiful blonde dog became ɪʟʟ, Beth took him to the ᴠᴇᴛ. What at the time seemed like a ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴀʙʟᴇ ᴀɪʟᴍᴇɴᴛ, turned out to be a ʟᴀᴛᴇ sᴛᴀɢᴇ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ which put Rocky out of options. After an ɪɴᴄᴜʀᴀʙʟᴇ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀᴏᴜs ɢʀᴏᴡᴛʜ ꜰᴇsᴛᴇʀᴇᴅ inside Rocky, owner Beth Fisher made the ᴄʀᴜsʜɪɴɢ decision to ʀᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ her beloved pet of its sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ and have itᴘᴜᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ .
Fisher said:” Rocky had to getᴘᴜᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ that day. It was hard to process Rocky’s sᴜᴅᴅᴇɴ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, but we can’t imagine how hard it must be for Spencer to have ʟᴏsᴛ his little brother.” Spencer was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ — and it showed. Fisher said:” Since Rocky ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ, Spencer has been getting up in the night to wander the house looking for his brother. And then he starts crying because he can’t find him.” Rocky’s ᴀsʜᴇs were placed on a shelf above where he and his brother slept, to keep the pair close. But it was apparent that Spencer needed something more to help him to ᴄᴏᴘᴇ.
To comfort Spencer, Fisher’s father ordered a pɪʟʟow with Rocky’s grinning face printed on it. Right away, the thoughtful gift put Spencer at ease. The pɪʟʟow honoring Rocky seems to have helped fɪʟʟ the void his ᴘᴀssɪɴɢ had left in Spencer’s heart. A ᴛᴇᴀʀ-ᴊᴇʀᴋɪɴɢ video shows the ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ dog nestling up to the pɪʟʟow to be close to his ᴅᴇᴘᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ friend. The minute long clip shows Spencer, a big dog with dark fur resting his head on the cushion upon which a white pooch Rocky is pictured. A man then says: ‘Is that your pɪʟʟow dog? Is that your pɪʟʟow Spence? Aw, poor boy misses his brother.’ The video then cuts to another occasion which similarly shows the sombre dog mooching on the edge of the cushion and revealing Rocky’s panting face and his tongue lolling from his open mouth.
Fisher said:” Spencer has been cuddling into the pɪʟʟow since it arrived, carrying it from the sofa to his own bed . He seems a lot more settled now he’s got something to cuddle into.” Nothing, of course, can ever bring Rocky back completely. Though as Spencer, who himself is getting on in ᴀɢᴇ, drifts off to sleep, it’s reassuring to know his best friend is stɪʟʟ by his side in spirit. The way he always had been. Fisher said:” I don’t think Spencer wɪʟʟ ever get over Rocky’s ᴘᴀssɪɴɢ, but I hope he’s able to learn to go on without him. The path forward is one he’ll never have to face alone. We’re hoping Spencer is able to take comfort in his new pɪʟʟow, and take comfort from all the cuddles he’s getting from his family,”