Chad Michael Murray, who found fame in One Tree Hill, has written to his dog, who recently passed away

Losing a pet is heartbreaking at the best of times, but Chad Michael Murray has just upped the sob-factor with this adorable message to his dog Joe, who sadly died on Monday.

Joe, who Chad used to refer to as his son, passed away earlier this week, and the former One Tree Hill actor shared what is probably the sweetest, most touching tribute ever on his Instagram.

‘My best bud & 1st born son Joe, thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me,’ he wrote. ‘You’ve been my kindred spirit, my unconditional friend. Thank you for carrying the weight that I could not. You taught me more about selflessness and compassion than I thought a dog could know. Thank you for always keeping the status Quo. Even the dogs at the dog park thank you for keeping the peace. Almost 15 years of adventures Joe and I’m so grateful for every minute. Rest easy now bud. Check in on us once and while would ya… You’re missed and always will be. Thx for waiting to meet my son. This family won’t be the same without you but so much stronger because of you. Rest in peace Joey. We Love You, Chad, Sarah & Baby Murray.’

OUR HEARTS. Seriously, if you’re not bawling by the end of this, you might actually be The Grinch.

It’s not all sad in the world of Chad, though – he still has another dog, Clark, to keep him, his actress wife Sarah Roemer and their baby company. Joe’s death will no doubt leave a gap in the family, though – Chad has previously said in interviews that his doggy pal ‘goes everywhere’ with him.

Oh goodness, it’s all a bit too much. Keep being lovely, Chad, and RIP Joe!

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