Hello, sweet reader. Meet Bella.
Her owner is Robert Kugler. He's a photographer, storyteller and veteran.
We filmed a documentary with Rob and Bella back in September. In it, Rob chronicles the touching trip he took with his sadly terminally-ill dog.
He told us,
I'm sure a lot of us can relate to that sentiment, even if we're embarrassed to admit it.
Well, sadly, Bella passed away today.
Over the past few days, Bella was struggling to breathe. Rob knew the time was near.
Letting an animal pass and seeing the moment drawing near is an extremely difficult process. But documenting the experience seems to have helped him.
He wrote a touching farewell to Bella on his Instagram today. It's pretty much guaranteed to make you go home and clutch your dog or cat or parents or any thing or person you love.
I don't have much else to say, other than to tell you to just read it. And if you've ever had an animal die, you're going to cry.
Here it is: