Singer and songwriter Josh Groban is mourning after his beloved dog, Sweeney, passed away at the age of 16.
Groban took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news, and posted as slideshow of pictures with a heartfelt tribute.
“On March 13, 2004 a fluffy, wiggly, explosion of love entered my life,” he wrote.
“Holding him in my arms the first time, taking him home, introducing him to my world and him immediately trusting me to become his. It was the beginning of what would become one of the greatest soul connections of my life.”
“Anyone who has loved a pet understands that the time you spend together…the boundless joys of the celebrated moments, the quiet calm during the storms,
it’s a bond unlike anything else,” he continued. “They are family.”
Groban was lucky enough to share 16 wonderful years with his furry best friend, who he said went from a “rascal puppy to an adventure buddy to a calm and dignified senior dog slowed only by tired body, never by his sharp mind.”
Groban was with Sweeney in his final moments, and although he is deeply heartbroken, he says the grief of loss is the price we must pay for the gift of love.
Groban hopes people who want to honor Sweeney’s memory will donate in his name to the ASPCA or their local shelter or rescue.
“Go love an animal,” he concluded. “Bring one into your life. There is so much love awaiting. I love you Sweeney.”