Sallie Hammett, from Greenville, South Carolina, was devastated when her canine companion passed away on 13 September after a 'hard fought battle' with lymphoma.
As a cathartic means of commemorating their special bond, 30-year-old Sallie decided to write an obituary for 'the best boy', who taught everyone he met 'about loving people, and always seeing the good in everyone'.
Sally shared the tribute on Twitter where it clearly struck a chord, amassing more than 113,000 likes.
I wrote my dog an obituary because of course I did. He was the best boy. pic.twitter.com/FKmqeivtq9
- Sallie Hammett (@SallieGHammett) September 22, 2020
Concluding the obituary, Sallie wrote: "We will think of him every time we open the peanut butter. We will miss him every time we see a sock on the floor or pass a stick on a walk. We will carry him with us everywhere.
"He will be forever missed and forever remembered, but he left behind his fierce love, which never wavered. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you give all your pups some extra love in honour of Charlie."
As you might expect, this touching tribute had people rather teary:
I'm so sorry. That is beautiful. And what a beautiful, soulful-faced dog. It's heartbreaking to lose them. My condolences. :cry::broken_heart::candle::dove: pic.twitter.com/BRykMro2qr
- :cloud_tornado::poop:StopTheShitnado:poop::cloud_tornado:#BidenHarris2020 (@StopTheShitnado) September 23, 2020
This made me cry. August 24th I said goodbye to my best boi of 15 years. I mentally wrote an obituary to him. It felt nice. Thanks for sharing this. Grief is a unwieldy beast. :broken_heart:
- Flippantcosine (@gwynreniers) September 23, 2020
I was just about to walk my dog when I saw this tweet. Now I'll be walking through the neighborhood crying
- Just Jones (@KeithEricJones7) September 23, 2020
Amazing..heartbreaking, you honored him well. They always take a permanent piece of our heart with them..,i will hug my Sadie extra hard tonight...give her a big bite of peanut butter...and keep your Charlie in my thoughts
- Sadie's Mom (@swanvilleUSA) September 23, 2020
As well as serving as a precious keepsake, the huge viral response to Charlie's obituary has also helped Sallie in her time of need.
Speaking to LADbible, she said: "It has been so overwhelming in such a good way. I have loved seeing everyone's reactions to Charlie and also loved seeing all the other doggos that people are sending me.
"I truly wish that every dog could have this type of memorial, but, selfishly, I'm glad it was my boy. Now it's like he truly is as special as I always knew he was. Mostly I just want people to keep sending me pictures of their dogs - forever!"