Demi Lovato lost her dog in ‘a tragic accident’ & asks her fans for privacy

Buddy was OBVIOUSLY ready for his close-up….. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

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Demi Lovato posted a sad note last night about her dog, Buddy. The pup, who appeared often on Demi’s Instagram page, was a little bichon frise. My aunt has one of these dogs, and they’re really cute and remind me of affectionate, skittish little robots. Demi loved this dog and took it everywhere, even on tour. Buddy was very young too. Demi posted tiny puppy pictures (which weren’t a throwback) last December. Now Demi reveals that Buddy died in an accident, which is just terrible:

We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident and though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we our staying strong. We have incredible people around us and so much love and support which is holding us up in this time of need. Buddy was loved by so many people and as small as he was, he made a huge impact in our lives. He truly was human in a way and we were so blessed to have him in our lives. We ask you that you please respect our privacy while we take this time to grieve and remember the magical moments we spent with our little angel. We will never forget our baby boy Buddy and his gentle loving spirit will live on in our hearts forever. RIP my tiniest little nightingale, Buddy…

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be…”

[From Demi Lovato on Twitter]

Some pets really can seem human in a way, if they are very perceptive to their owner’s feelings. Serious little dogs do exist. I’ve seen some corners of the internet (and won’t link this rudeness) shading Demi’s request for “privacy,” but I see what she’s saying. The loss is very raw, and she probably doesn’t want to sign autographs or take pictures with fans right now. Understandable. It sounds like Demi thought of her dog as her child. Poor Demi and Wilmer Valderrama. Dogs should live forever.


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Best security guard out there…. 😜

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Like…. Stfu with how cute he is….. 😭😍

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  1. kri says:

    All i can say is this sucks so freaking bad. Pets are part of your family.. That little dog was precious.

  2. Hawkeye says:

    Poor Demi, I feel for her. Also, every time I read something sad and start blubbering, my cat pack scatters because they know the slowest one will be caught and basically used as a Kleenex.

    • Kitten says:

      LOL! Pets can be so comforting when you’re sad.

      Growing up we had a tortie named Suko who would always come to you and console you if you were crying. She would pace in between your ankles with affectionate caresses or jump on the table and rub her head into your face. She was one of the sweetest cats I ever had and also the most intelligent cat I ever had.

      I feel so sad for Demi. Sigh. It is so awful to lose a pet. The hardest part is that often we aren’t allowed to properly grieve because it’s “just” a pet (bullshit). People expect you to just get over it and move on.

      I dread the day that my oldest kitty goes. I just noticed the other day that one side of her fur looks weirdly matted and I worry that it’s an early sign of arthritis and not being able to groom herself properly.

      Also, this ^ is why I can never have kids–I’d be a paranoid, panic-y helicopter mom of the worst kind. πŸ˜‰

      • Shambles says:

        “Just pets” who are little beings with little personalities that can give a lot of big, big love. I’ve only had my kitty for about 7 months, and I can’t even fathom losing him while he’s still so young. My heart seriously hurts for Demi.

      • Meow Mix says:

        I have had many cats in the past and now as well but my favorite (whispering) is my torti. Very sweet and smart and crawls under the covers at night for snuggles.

      • V4Real says:

        @Kitten I tend to worry about my pets more than I do my son. My son is surrounded by grandma, step-parent, uncles and aunt who loves and watches out for him when I’m not around. But I feel I need to be there to ensure my two pet kids are safe and sound. It was even hard for me to leave them with my SO when I went on vacation and he was the one who brought them for me.

        Also as I said below I hope there’s a special place in hell for that American dentist who killed that beloved Lion over in Africa.

    • Aren says:

      I just wanted to comment on how beautifully written that was.

  3. Little Darling says:

    I have two Yorkshire terriers and the thought of losing either one makes me tear up just reading this.

    I have two teenage boys, and I thought loving them was all I could do. Well, I love these puppies in a very similar way, they are absolutely my babies, and I love them SO MUCH.

    When my cousin/best friend/sister passed in April, at the age of 34 from breast cancer, my girl puppy came and sat by me with her paw on my leg while I sobbed. Since then she has been super protective over me and very in tune with my emotional states. When I have a rough day, she cuddles me more and kisses me more.

    My heart breaks for Demi, this truly is so sad.

    • Hawkeye says:

      I think animals have a special place in our hearts because they are forever babies: they will always rely on us for care, they will always love and forgive us no matter what, and they will never leave us.

  4. Jayna says:

    My neighbor from years ago had a Bichon. I loved that dog. She had the best personality, next to my dog, of course, who was a puppy at the time.

    This is heartbreaking. I really feel for them. What a cutie. And when it’s an accident and happens so quickly, I can imagine how devastating that would be for them.

    My dog had an attack of pancreatitis a month ago, and it was touch and go for a few days. I was terrified of losing her. I didn’t realize how serious that could be for dogs or even what it was until she was diagnosed.

  5. paranormalgirl says:

    I feel so bad for her. Our furkids are important to us!

  6. Cee says:

    My 15 year old Golden Retriever has cancer and I’m trying to prepare myself for the inevitable, so I cannot even imagine the loss of a young dog.

    And yes, dogs (and cats!) should live forever T.T

    • Ana says:

      I’m so sorry to heart that. Sending you strength

    • V4Real says:

      I tried to avoid this post because I knew I would be a teary eyed mess. I’m so sensitive when it comes to pets. So sorry to hear about your baby..

      A man was playing fetch with his 5 year old Lab two days ago. The doggie was panting heavily but wouldn’t drink the water. He took him home and the dog just laid there limp body and all. He rushed him to the vet where he died. The findings were that he died of liver damage due to the extreme humidity that NY is having. His liver temperature was too high. I feel for this man that I didn’t even know. I heard he cried like he had just lost a child and blamed himself for the loss of his dog. So yeah, pets are your family. I feel that way about my pup and kitten. Sending a prayer to you and your dog.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I managed to hold in the tears until I got to this post. I feel for everyone who’s ever lost a furry loved one. Pets absolutely are family and anybody who tries to tell someone grieving that it’s just a pet deserves a swift kick in the ass.

    • sa says:

      I’m sorry about your dog. I’m going through the same with my cat. She hasn’t realized yet that she’s sick, but I know and now anything like this just makes me sob. I can’t even imagine not having her sweet little face greet me in the mornings and every time I walk in the front door.

  7. Tiffany says:

    My friend has a lab mix who is I believe is around 11 years old. The lab is having the standard issues that comes with aging but just recently started losing sight. I watched her for the weekend and saw that the energy is not there and age just finally shows. I know that death is coming for all of us, but these things can put you in the shoes of someone who lost a pet. It is just heart breaking.

  8. Krista says:

    My heart goes out to her. We lost our beloved Beagle last week at 14. He really was like a person too – my husbands best friend- and we will never have another dog like him again.

    • SamiHami says:

      (((Hugs))) I’m so sorry about the loss of your dog. Our pets really do become part of the family.

  9. Kiddo says:

    Animals are ‘persons’. I have no doubt of this. They are as individual as humans are in personalities.

  10. Michelle says:

    I had to put two dogs to sleep within a few months 4 years ago–one was my childhood dog who was old and sick, the other was young and diagnosed with bone cancer. Our family was devastated and is still very much not over it. My heart goes out to anyone who has or will experience that.

    • Ana says:

      I’m sorry for your loss. It sounds incredibly tough to go through.

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks so much for your kind words! It means a lot. It was a very rough time. I’m still unsure if I want another dog because the inevitable loss is just so painful and hard to endure.

  11. Ana says:

    This is one of the few things which warms my stone cold heart. I already worry about the day my babies die. I totally understand her. Poor Demi. I hope he didn’t suffer. Sending her all my strength, and R.I.P. to Buddy.

    So sad πŸ™

  12. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Ugh, so sad, esp. just being a little baby.

  13. QQ says:

    This Sucks beyond the suck that I could possibly explain, I know cause I lost my guy of 13 years and is a month today, I had to make that call all of three days before my bday and two days after I had to Put down and pay for my sister’s poodle after him going into heart failure while she was on Vacation… so yeah this month sucks, today sucks

    • Kiddo says:

      Aww, hugs.

    • Little Darling says:

      Aww QQ, I’m so sorry to hear this. Your posts always lift me up on here, so I’m hoping my thoughts and prayers can do the same.
      Hang in there mama!

    • QQ says:

      Thanks Girls… it’s been just an awful time, he was in Pain and it was obvious and that was my cutoff… all the sad had been compounded with the fact it took almost a month to give me his ashes back and well… it wasn’t what I expected either

      • V4Real says:

        So sorry to read about the loss of your little one. I know exactly how that feels. Though they say animals don’t have souls I like to believe God has a special place for them.

        BTW a big F you to the dentist who killed that beloved Lion in Africa for sport. May you rot in hell.

  14. Happy21 says:

    Aww :'(

    That makes me so sad. My furbabies are my kids and the thought of losing one of them before their time breaks my heart. Hell, losing them when it is their time does too.

  15. meme says:

    we all know how awful and heartbreaking it is to lose a beloved pet. I feel for you, demi.

  16. ell says:

    why is she dating that dude ffs

    • ORLY says:

      Not the time. Just not the time.

      So sorry for Demi. I have 2 fur babies; 11& 1. I can’t imagine life without them.

  17. weirswalker says:

    A tragic accident ? Somebody wasn’t watching their dog…

    • Aren says:

      We don’t know what happened here, but it is infuriating when a pup dies because the owner was irresponsible.
      A few years ago our neighbour’s tiny dog was attacked by the german shepherd of another neighbour, both were outside unsupervised. The owner of the tiny dog did nothing and (apparently) threw the agonizing body a few blocks away from here.
      It still hurt me to think about it.

      • Ange says:

        Yeah I have an old friend who lost a cat to a ‘tragic accident’ and I side-eyed the hell out of it because I know they are not good pet owners. They got a new kitten within a week and I am keeping a very close eye on them.

        That said though Demi clearly loved her dog and is devastated at his loss so I won’t hate on her. The people I know who lost their cat basically shrugged, a very different reaction.

  18. EricaV says:

    No matter if it’s after years & years of “ownership” or just a few months, the loss of a pet is such a significant loss and I don’t think there is anything wrong with her asking for privacy. Demi has only recently overcome her substance abuse issues and if she needs privacy to grieve in a healthy way, she should be given it.

    Shame on those who criticize her. My cat has a seizure and suddenly died four years ago, and it’s still difficult.

  19. Schmoopy says:

    We just lost our beloved dog, last Thursday. He was 14. He was diagnosed with cancer 8 weeks ago. He literally grew up alongside my kids (my oldest son turned 13 today). He wasn’t just a part of our family, he was the foundation and we are beyond heartbroken. The grief is just as real and deep as if we had lost a human loved one. My heart goes out to Demi.

  20. amilue says:

    I lost my soul mate boxer pretty suddenly (to a previously undiagnosed cancer) in May. He was fine on Sunday, and by Friday we were saying goodbye. I still cry a couple of times a week two months later. I just miss him so much.

    There is a Subaru Impreza commercial out right now that gets my waterworks going for my boy every time I see it. I wish I could’ve had more time to do special things for him before we lost him.

    Prayers to Demi and Wilmer.

  21. Jayna says:

    Aw, man. It was a coyote that killed their dog in their backyard.

  22. Amy M. says:

    Bichon frises are seriously the best!! Our family bichon Milou died just about a year ago at the age of 15 to cancer. They are fantastic little dogs, great personalities and just kind of ridiculous. Ours had a borderline OCD fixation with tennis balls and fetch (bichons aren’t known for liking fetch) and would interrupt us while watching TV to throw tennis balls onto the couch. People thought I exaggerated his fetch obsession until they met him and were like “Does he ever stop??” I miss him so much just a year later and when I moved out of my parents’ last fall, I brought along Milou’s collar which hangs on my bedroom doorknob. I feel bad for Demi–she clearly got her bichon groomed regularly (they don’t shed). Ours used to yelp at the top of his lungs when we’d go pick him up after a beauty session and saw us waiting to come get him. You’d think we had left him to be tortured (he hated being wet).

  23. Ste says:

    I read around that her dog was left in a hot garage with no food or water. I don’t know who left it there, though.

    • amilue says:

      TMZ and US are reporting that he was mauled by a coyote that wandered into Lovato’s backyard.

  24. Brasileira says:

    Really, if anything, dogs should live forever. I can’t start to imagine her pain. I too have two little ones and yes, they are my children, my little brother and sister, and just the idea of anything happening to them hurts.