When Sallie Gregory Hammett wrote an obituary for her golden retriever, Charlie, she had no idea it would go viral, but two weeks after sharing the writeup to Twitter, the post has racked up hundreds and thousands of likes, comments, and shares.
“It’s heartwarming. Everyone has been so overwhelmingly sweet,” the Greenville, South Carolina, native said in an interview with Greenville News.
Charlie passed away on Sept. 13 after a five-month battle with cancer. Hammett, who shared several years together with her beloved pet, was devastated by the death, so she wrote the heartfelt obituary. She shared fond memories and detailed Charlie’s likes and dislikes. She also recounted the last time she took the golden retriever to the beach, which was one of his favorite places to visit.
“His last days were so happy and will be cherished forever,” she wrote.
After the obituary was published, Hammett shared a photo of it to Twitter.
“I wrote my dog an obituary because of course I did. He was the best boy,” she wrote in the post. The response since then has been overwhelming.
“It’s cool that this has however many likes, but the best thing is how people are responding with their dogs,” Hammett said. “People will send a picture like, ‘Roscoe’s getting extra belly rubs tonight,’ or other dogs that are waiting to meet Charlie across the Rainbow Bridge.”
Hammett added that she was grateful by the outpouring of love she has received.
“I’m so grateful for everybody that’s taken one minute to respond with their condolences or respond with a picture of their dogs,” she said. “It sounds silly to say, but it’s so much bigger than me.”
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