Losing a pet is never an easy thing to go through, and actress Salma Hayek is opening up about the heartbreak she’s experiencing after having to put down her dog of 18 years, Lupe. The actress posted a touching Instagram picture honoring her beloved pet.
The photo showed Hayek holding Lupe in her lap with the caption, “With my heart filled with love and pain I had to say goodbye to my Lupe. I am so grateful for the 18 years she enriched my life with her great spirit. I have no words or tears to describe how much she meant to me,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Hayek has lost a pet. In 2016, Hayek lost her 9-year-old dog, Mozart, after a terrible act of gun violence. According to the Instagram post after that tragic loss, she took a week away from social media to grieve the passing of her pet.
Of course, it’s never easy to cope with the loss of a pet because they are a beloved member of your family and often a closer friend than many people, but fans are writing to Hayek and sending condolences in order to help ease her pain.
“We love you and are so grateful for all you do for the animals. May your baby RIP,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Every dog owner knows what this feels like, and it’s bad. Sympathy to Salma Hayek,” another fan wrote.
Not only does Hayek have the support of her fans, she also has many other animals to keep her company. She told Ellen DeGeneres that she has more animals than she can even remember to name.
“I have five horses, four alpacas, one cat, eight dogs, one hamster, five parrots, two fish—I’m sure I’m forgetting something!” Hayek said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in October 2013.“You know this is like giving thanks at the Oscars, you know you’re forgetting someone.”
Hayek isn’t the only celebrity who’s recently opened up about losing a pet. Jessica Alba, Jordin Sparks and others have also shared similar sad news with their fans online. To Hayek and anyone else mourning a pet—I’m truly sorry for your loss.