British actor Tom Hardy is probably just as famous for loving dogs as he is for like, being an extremely hot and talented movie star and stuff. 

Tom Hardy’s Beloved Dog Died & The Letter He Wrote To Him Will Break You

The best-known of Hardy’s pooches is Woody, the mutt he rescued as a stray puppy in 2011 and who’s accompanied him to innumerable film sets, premieres, photoshoots and dips into the Thames

But in a blow felt by dog-lovers the world over, Woody has sadly passed away after a six-month battle with a muscle disorder called polymyositisis, at only six years old. 

And if that weren’t enough to get the tears rolling, Hardy has written a letter in tribute to his sweet pupper friend, and it’s the most heartbreaking bullshit since the beginning of Up

In the letter, Hardy describes how he found Woody, frightened and “covered in dogshit” in Georgia while he was shooting the movie Lawless. He chronicles their love for each other, the monumental effort of getting Woody through quarantine so he could live with Hardy in the UK, his faithful company as Hardy took him wherever he went for work, and Hardy’s utter heartbreak at his loss:

“I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering. Above all I am completely gutted. The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side.”

This was true love: Hardy says Woody fiercely protected his wife Charlotte when she was pregnant, and he even had a portrait of Woody painted. 

You can read the whole thing below (and it has been confirmed by Hardy’s management that he did indeed write it), but be warned: it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you burst into tears in public. 

http://tomhardydotorg.tumblr.com/post/161532868851/i-first-saw-woodstock-running-across-a-turnpike-we

RIP, Woody. Good dog. Good boy. 

Source: Buzzfeed.

Image: YouTube.