The Most Heartbreaking, Honest Dog Obituary You've Ever Read

Posted by Paige Cerulli
Lee DiBella via NBC Connecticut

After losing her dog of 11 years, a Connecticut woman has penned a beautiful, heartbreaking dog obituary for her beloved pet.

It's no secret that our pets are family members. When they pass away, the grief we experience at their loss is indescribable. Pet owners mourn their pets in different ways. Some create memorials to their pets, while others may choose to plant a tree in their pet's memory. Lee DiBella, of Watertown, Connecticut, wrote a dog obituary for her dog, Brian.

DiBella has Brian in her life for 11 years, having adopted the lab/pointer/greyhound mix from a local animal shelter. When Brian passed away a week ago, she turned her focus to crafting an obituary to honor his life. The resulting dog obituary is at the same time funny and touching. You can see how much DiBella loved Brian in her choice of words, and the special memories that she reflects upon.

woman and dog
Lee DiBella via Life with Dogs

You can read the obituary in full below.

Brian died peacefully, alongside his mom of nearly 11 years, Wednesday, July 12th, under the care of Stone Veterinary Hospital staff. Brian was adopted by his mother, Lee Dibella, on December 19th, 2006, and quickly became a dog legends are made of. Brian arrived in our home with the ability to not only sit, but also "give paw." Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new vet, animal control, or whoever's house he found his way to for an uninvited romp. A lover of couches and blankets, Brian had many hobbies. Some of Brian's favorite activities included barking at things not there, cuddling alongside you, taking over his mother's bed, licking his butt, acting like a spazz when it was time to be fed, and trying to figure out who exactly was "the good boy." In his spare time, Brian dreamt violently, thrashing his legs, presumably chasing dastardly felines or squirrels who dared enter his dreams. The quickest way to Brian's heart was with a quality scratch of his rear, and a rub of his belly. Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom. Through thick and thin, she loved him with all her heart, and though the pain she feels without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in her life. Besides his mother, Brian leaves behind a sister, Dr. Frigo Delilah, grandmother, Jeannette DiBella; predeceased by a grandfather, David; his uncle, Michael and family; god-mother, Jennifer DeWitt; and many amazing friends throughout the years. At the wishes of Brian's family, give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat.

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