The Big Bang Theory star Wil Wheaton revealed his beloved dog, Seamus, has died.
The actor, who also appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, confirmed the news in a lengthy statement on Instagram, explaining that his pet was rushed to an emergency vet after collapsing.
Sharing a sweet snap of the pooch on Instagram, the 48-year-old began: ‘Yesterday afternoon, Seamus collapsed on our living room floor. We took him to the emergency vet, where they ran some tests, and discovered a large mass on his spleen.
‘He had a 105 fever, and he wasn’t responsive. The doctor told us he was in critical condition. At almost 12 years-old, Seamus wasn’t a candidate for surgery (and we weren’t going to put him through that, anyway), so at midnight last night, we said goodbye to the best boy in the world.
‘I know that a lot of you care about our pets, because we post lots of pictures of them and talk about them all the time. You know how much we love them, and you know how much you love your pets, so you know how much this loss hurts all of us.
‘This overwhelming pain I feel right now is the price we know we’re going to pay for the years we have with our four-legged family members. We’ve always known the day would come when he wouldn’t be in our lives, but that didn’t make the arrival of that day any easier.’
Recalling his last few minutes with Seamus, he continued: ‘I’m so grateful we got to be with him in his final moments, and we got to tell him goodbye. We got to thank him for all the joy and love he brought into our lives.
‘We got to kiss him and hug him, and he passed peacefully, with the two people who loved him more than anything by his side.
‘Seamus was a special dog. At doggy daycare, they used him to evaluate new dogs, because they knew what a good citizen he was. I was always like a proud parent about that. He was a fantastic pack leader for Marlowe. He taught her how to be a dog, and he lives on in her, a little bit.
‘I’m going to miss him so much. I keep automatically looking for him in all of his places around the house. I know the next few weeks are going to be tough.’
Wil added: ‘Eventually, all that will be left is the memory of the joy and love he gave us. But right now, today, it hurts so much. I miss his grey face so much, and I want to kiss the spot on his big old blockhead one more time.
‘He was such a wonderful dog, and such a blessing to have in our family. I love him, and I will miss him forever.
‘Bye bye, Seamus. You were the best boy, and your whole pack loves you. If heaven exists, and dogs go there, I hope you’re playing ball with Riley and Ferris.’
The sitcom star’s followers were left heartbroken by his news, and flooded the post with support for Wil and wife Anne.
Flocking to the comments section, an Instagram user said: ‘I’m so sorry for your loss! He was a lucky boy to have landed in a family where he was loved so deeply.’
‘I’m so, so sorry, Wil,’ one penned. ‘He really seemed to be a wonderful, handsome dog.
‘Thank you and Anne for giving him a loving home and happy life, and for sharing him with all of us.’
‘I’m so sorry – what a heartbreaking loss for your family,’ a fan replied.
‘They truly never leave us and cannot be replaced. Rest in Treats Seamus,’ another commented.
As a follower added: ‘I loved Seamus. He was such a good boy. I’m sorry for your loss.’
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