Reese Witherspoon is mourning the death of her beloved pet; a German Shepherd called Nash.
By, 2 May 2019
The star announced the passing last Sunday via her Instagram account. She posted a beautiful picture of Nash, along with a heartbreaking message. It read, “Rest In Peace, our Sweet dog, Nash. Hope you are running through gorgeous fields of grass and eating all the treats you want in Dog Heaven.”
Messages of love and support
The Big Little Lies actress received plenty of support from friends and fans who posted over 10,000 comments, including “I’m so sorry. Sending lots of love” and "I loved him so much. The goodest good boy.” They also included messages of condolence from Reese's celebrity pals Jennifer Garner and Isla Fisher. Jennifer wrote, "Oh man. I’m sorry," while Isla posted "This is the absolute worst. I’m so sorry.”
We don't know what caused Nash's sad passing, but we do know that he'll be sorely missed by his family, including his two doggy siblings, a chocolate Labrador named Hank and French Bulldog called Pepper.
Losing a pet is a traumatic and painful experience. Symptoms of acute grief can last between one to two months, with lesser symptoms persisting for as long as two years. The lack of support for grieving owners has led experts to suggest that we need to take the passing of our pets far more seriously.
Never be embarrassed by your feelings
Many owners are reluctant to ask for time off work or to even speak about the depths of their grief. They may feel embarrassed or worried that others might not take them seriously.
But no one should ever feel bad for grieving over their pets. After all, these guys are a part of our families. If you are struggling to find someone to talk to, then call the Pet Loss and Bereavement Hotline. It's run by Volunteers form the Blue Cross and lines are open everyday day from 8.30am - 8.00pm.