Mandy Moore is mourning the “unexpected” death of her dog, Joni.
The “This Is Us” star revealed the tragic news while sharing a series of photos of her beloved 12-year-old pup.
“Last night, very unexpectedly, we lost our Joni girl,” Moore captioned the post. “Yes, she was almost 13. Yes, she had pretty major surgery a week ago to remove a mass on her liver but she was recovering really well. Until last night.”
"I knew something was amiss when she, lifelong food-obsessed, didn’t finish her dinner and couldn’t get comfortable in bed (despite being on pain meds)," the 36-year-old added. "My mama intuition told me to bring her in and I’m glad we did."
Moore, who is pregnant with her first child, described being “instantly smitten” when first rescuing Joni in 2008.
“I’ll never forget the drive home, telling her that it was just us against the world now,” she continued. “To know her, was to love her. She never met a stranger. She was waaaaay more human (or muppet) than dog.”
The “Candy” singer went on to describe her heartache over the loss further.
“My heart is utterly shattered. She was my first love and best friend. Through every twist and turn of life of this past decade and change, she was right there,” Moore continued. “There’s a deep chasm of emptiness that will never be filled but I am so grateful for her sweet nature and the endless connection, compassion, responsibility, patience and devotion that the love of a pet can bring into your orbit.”
She also described being upset Joni won’t ever meet “her human brother,” a reference to her pending bundle of joy.
The Emmy-nominated actress ended the tribute by saying, “I will love and miss you forever, my Joni. Thank you for beyond a lifetime of love.”
In September, Moore announced she and husband Taylor Goldsmith were expecting their first child.