When you own a pet, they somehow take up a huge part of your life and you end up being completely unable to imagine your life without them. Therefore, it is unbearably painful when it’s time to wave them a goodbye. And right now, nobody knows that pain better than movie director Kevin Smith.

He recently posted a photo of him hugging his good boy Mulder tightly as he announced he was dying.

He wrote:

GOOD DOG

“Dark day in our household: our oldest dog Mulder is dying. As I’ve spent the last year carrying him around like Hodor, I’m not taking this terribly well. They never tell you when you get a dog, but there is a price to pay for being the recipient of 17 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship: they take a huge chunk of your heart with them when they go. I’m reminded of a line from DOCTOR WHO, Series 2 – the “School Reunion” episode (which featured the return of Sara Jane Smith and the robot dog K-9, ironically enough): “You can spend the rest of your life with me… but I can’t spend the rest of my life with you.” And later, when Rose asks Sara Jane if she should go with the Doctor, Sara Jane responds “Some things are worth getting your heart broken for.” Mulder was beyond worth it. Fuck, this hurts…”

Then, a few hours later, he had an even more heartbreaking update to make:

“1pm UPDATE: He’s gone. RIP Mulder, my Buddy-Man. Thank you for 17 years of sheer joy and affection. It took a dog like you to make me a better person.

If you’re a dog-owner, go hug your dog a little tighter tonight. If you’re not a dog-owner, think about becoming one. It’s all love.”

Good night sweet Mulder. Rest in Peace”

Sleep tight Mulder. We hope you rest easy!

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