The Rock's tiny French Bulldog puppy, Brutus, seemed accident prone from the moment the actor brought him home, and now his short life of wild adventures has tragically drawn to a close after a deadly run in with some poison mushrooms.
Although Brutus was gallantly rescued from nearly drowning in the family pool by his eagle eyed owner, the young pup wasn't so lucky this time, despite the best in veterinary medicine being utilized in frantic attempts to save his tiny life.
In an emotional Instagram post, Johnson explained how Brutus had been running around with his brother, Hobbs, outside when he was suddenly taken seriously ill. A diagnosis at the vet's showed that ingesting a toxic mushroom was to blame for the puppy's grave condition, and eventually there was nothing else to do but end his suffering. The post reads:
Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime
And if that final hashtag isn't enough to have you dissolve in tears with all of the feels, this picture of The Rock cradling his seriously ill fur baby during his final moments will probably get you:
I can only imagine how heartbroken both Dwayne and his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are feeling right now; but let's try and remember little Brutus during happier times with the adorable video below:
As someone who loves dogs so much I would have them as my Mastermind specialist subject, I urge you all to check out your yards and homes for seemingly innocuous looking plants that could be deadly to your canine chum. Check out the ASPCA website for a comprehensive list of greenery that you should be vigilant about.