An emotional obituary penned by a South Carolina woman about her golden retriever’s captivating “little quirks” generated tens of thousands of likes when it went viral on Twitter.
Sallie Gregory Hammett, 30, wrote the heartfelt tribute to her dog, Charlie, who died this month at age seven after a battle with lymphoma.
She described her beloved pooch as a peanut butter-and-banana chowing, boyfriend-material-testing, fiercely loyal force of “unconditional love.”
Reads the obit: “If we’re being honest, Charlie loved everything life had to offer. He was good at lot of things, but he was best at unconditional love. He taught everyone he met about loving people and always seeing the good in everyone.”
She took home Charlie as an eight-week-old pup and the two quickly became inseparable.
When she met her now-husband, David, Charlie’s affectionate response was an early deciding factor that he was a good guy and worth dating.
“(David) loved him as much as I did, which I didn’t think was possible,” Hammett told CNN, adding that the couple adored the pup’s eccentricities.
“When you put the peanut butter on the banana, I mean you would think it was just the best day of his life,” she said.
And it cracked them up that he was oddly stubborn about refusing to use staircases.
“We never could figure out why, but he just needed a lot of encouragement to go upstairs,” she said.
Following Charlie’s death, Hammett spent days mourning before she considered taking out an ad in the local paper.
Instead, Hammett, who has a background in design, created a mock-up newspaper-style obituary and posted it on Twitter, calling him ‘The best boy.’
After it was reposted by the popular accounts WeRateDogs and Thoughts of Dog, it reached thousands of sympathetic dog lovers.
“His last days were so happy and will be cherished forever,” Hammett wrote. “In leiu (sic) of flowers, the family asks that you give all your pups some extra love in honor of Charlie.”