Mandy Moore is mourning a big loss after “unexpectedly” saying goodbye to Joni, the dog that entered her life more than a decade ago.
In a heartbreaking post she shared on Instagram, the “This Is Us” star — expecting her first child with husband Tayler Goldsmith — revealed that her beloved pet had passed away.
“Last night, very unexpectedly, we lost our Joni girl. 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,” she wrote in the caption, accompanying photos of Joni.
“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). My mama intuition told me to bring her in and I’m glad we did,” she continued.
Losing Joni has hit Moore hard.
“My heart is utterly shattered,” she admitted.
“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 concluded by writing, “I will love and miss you forever, my Joni. Thank you for beyond a lifetime of love.”