Tom Hardy loves dogs. So much so that there’s a Twitter account exclusively dedicated to the actor and his love of dogs.
But one dog was particularly close to Hardy’s heart, his “bestest friend ever” Woodstock, a yellow Labrador mix rescued from a toll road in Georgia Atlanta when he was just a stray puppy.
The pair have been inseparable for years but sadly, after being sick for six months, Woody has passed away at age six, leaving his 39-year-old owner understandably devastated.
Hardy, who is known for his tough on screen persona in films like The Revenant, wrote a hearth-achingly tender tribute his late pet on his blog which has triggered an outpouring of grief for the animal on social media.
Topped with a nine-minute YouTube slideshow of their happiest moments together – set to ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ – the post explains how Hardy found the 11-week-old, dog who was all flapping ears and big brown eyes, and brought him into his family.