Reese Witherspoon mourns the loss of beloved pooch Pepper

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Reese Witherspoon and her daughter, Ava, are in mourning after announcing that their dog, Pepper had passed away. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon and her daughter, Ava, are in mourning after announcing that their dog, Pepper had passed away. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“I am heartbroken.”

Reese Witherspoon opened up to her followers on Instagram about her and her family’s sadness after her beloved French bulldog, Pepper, died. 

In the touching tribute, the 44-year-old Big Little Lies actress wrote, “Our sweet Pepper passed away yesterday. My goodness, she was such a loyal and devoted family member. I am so heartbroken, but I am also deeply grateful for all the love and comfort she brought our family.

“Now she’s in dog heaven where all great pets go. Chasing tennis balls, running through open fields of wild flowers and being the queen that she is. That’s what I believe. We will always love you, Pepper.” 

In just a few hours the photo had more than 300 000 likes and thousands of comments, with fans rushing to offer their condolences. 

Reese’s daughter, Ava, also mourned Pepper’s death on Instagram, revealing that their dog had been battling an “aggressive cancer”.

“Today is a tough day. Our sweet girl, Pepper, passed away last night from an aggressive cancer, which she’d been battling for months now,” Reese’s 21-year-old mini-me wrote.

“Just when we thought she was getting better, things took a turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully, surrounded by those who love her. If you ever met Peps, you’d know she was such a special girl. She was smart, sassy, and loved cuddling.

“She enjoyed playing in the yard with our Labrador, Hank, and would make everyone laugh with her surprisingly speedy ‘zoomies’ around the house. She also had a unique way of expressing herself with funny little noises that sounded like they were from some sort of pigeon.

“Pepper was simply the best, and I repeatedly told her how perfect I thought she was. This girl got me through so many tough times, including some of my teenage years, and I am forever grateful for our bond. I’ll always treasure the times when I’d come home from college and she would meet me at the door, jumping for joy, and I’d pick her up so she could lick my face. She really knew how to make me feel special!

“As sad as I am and as much as I’ve cried over losing her, I am happy she had such a great life and is no longer in pain.  Love you forever, Miss Peps.” 

Just earlier this month, Reese had shared a selfie alongside the little dog on Instagram. She wrote in the caption that her pet wanted to check in with everyone and see how they were doing – little realising her loyal friend wouldn’t be long of this world. 

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