A woman honored her late golden retriever in a moving obituary that captured the hearts of thousands on social media.
Sallie Gregory Hammet, 30, of Greenville, South Carolina, paid a touching tribute to her beloved dog Charlie after the seven-year-old lost his five-month battle with lymphoma earlier this month.
"Charlie James Gregory-Hammet crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully in the arms of his mother on Sunday, September 13," she began with an obituary for a dummy newspaper reflecting on their life together.
Moving tribute: Sallie Gregory Hammet, 30, of Greenville, South Carolina, wrote an obituary for her beloved dog Charlie after the seven-year-old lost his battle with lymphoma
Love: When Sallie first adopted Charlie seven years ago, she was 23, single, and had just moved to a new town. He quickly became her closest companion
Sallie considered the Golden Retriever's "favorite pastimes" which included "walking, collecting cane, smiling, smiling, and snoozing." She noted that he "loved everything life had to offer" – except stairs.
Charlie loved the beach, car trips, bananas and socks. Charlie always loved going to his grandma and grandpa, where he could get treats, hunt squirrels, and pee anywhere Cousin Captain peed. Charlie went tailgate, camping, hiking, and fishing. He's had the best life, ”she said.
Charlie loved his mother most of all. He was always there to greet her with a few kisses and a tight grip on her arm. He was her constant companion. There through heartache, movement, sadness and joy, ”she continued.
“He was good at many things, but he was best at unconditional love. He taught everyone he met how to love people and always see the good in everyone. & # 39;
Sallie said Charlie spent his last days in his favorite spot, the beach, where he relaxed in holes he dug himself and dipped in the waves.
& # 39; His final days were so happy and cherished forever. We'll think of him every time we open the peanut butter. We will miss hm every time we see a sock on the floor or pass a stick on a walk. We'll take him everywhere, ”she added.
"He will be missed forever and forever remembered, but he left behind his wild love that never wavered."
Instead of flowers, she asked other dog owners to "give their puppies a little more love in honor of Charlie".
"Charlie Loved the Beach": The obituary shared information about the dog's favorite things in life, including car trips, bananas, and socks
When Sallie first adopted Charlie seven years ago, she was 23 years old, single, and had just moved to a new town. He quickly became her closest companion.
“I know it's a cliché, but he was my best friend,” she told HuffPost. “He's gone with me everywhere – work, hiking, trips to the Home Depot. He was just a constant source of comfort, camaraderie, and joy. Everyone who knew me knew Charlie and knew how much I loved him. & # 39;
She said she knew her husband, David Hammett, whom she married in May, was the one because he loved Charlie as much as she did.
Charlie's obituary served as a starting point for her grief. She wanted to get it published in her local newspaper, but it was too expensive. Instead, she decided to create an obituary for a mock newspaper in memory of him.
But after reading her heartfelt words Family and friends encouraged them to share the tribute online. A week after Charlie's death, she tweeted a photo of the obituary saying, "He was the best boy."
Since then, Swiss Post has received 10,000 retweets and 107,000 likes. More than 2,000 people commented on the post. Many of them extend their condolences to Sallie and praise the obituary she wrote for Charlie.
& # 39; I'm sorry. It's really heartbreaking! & # 39; one person wrote. "They're not just dogs. They're our family. Non-dog owners don't get it at all! I understand and feel terrible for what you're going through. Again, I'm so sorry."
"I don't have enough words to describe the emotions inside me after reading this beautiful obituary. Thank you for making me cry," commented someone else. "It's nice to meet the four foot angels to remember the dogs are … "
Charlie's obituary also inspired other dog owners to share photos of their treasured pets. Those who lost dogs of their own could relate to Sallie's pain.
'Great idea. So great. I lost my best friend to lymphoma last July and not a day goes by without thinking about her and feeling sad that she is no longer with me. Condolences to you and your family, ”one person wrote of his dog.
Sallie never expected the obituary to go viral, but she told HuffPost that reading people's comments about their special dogs and the pouring out of love for Charlie brought her peace.
"It was just so comforting – I feel less alone and just full of love," she said, adding, "And Charlie was so celebrated! He was a special boy and it means the world to me."