Reese Witherspoon’s family’s dog passed the day their puppy adoption went through

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I’m afraid I have some terrible news and I’ve got to just rip this bandage off to get it over with, folks: Reese Witherspoon’s adorable French bulldog, Pepper, died. Pepper has been battling an “aggressive cancer” according to Ava Phillippe, Reese daughter. Both Reese and Ava posted about losing Pepper. I got incredibly choked up reading their posts. We always ask each other to send pet pics to help us crawl out of our sad spaces and yet we don’t realize how attached we get to our cyber friends’ pets and families. Same goes for celebrities’ pets. I have this tremendous list of pets and kids I check in on on Instagram that I am legitimately invested in and I’ve never met any of them. (That sounds a lot creepier then I mean it to.)

Pepper was the family’s dog. Ava was in the process of adopting her own pup and in a wonderful twist of fate, she brought her dog home on what was to be Pepper’s last day.

After a tough week, Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava Phillippe is introducing the world to her new pet.

Ava, who joined her family in mourning the loss of their beloved family French bulldog Pepper, revealed on Sunday that, as fate would have it, she had welcomed a new canine companion into her life on the same day Pepper died.

“What a wild & bittersweet week. The day we lost Pepper just so happened to be the day I brought this sweet boy home with me,” Ava, 21, wrote alongside a trio of snapshots of her adorable new dog.

“This is Benji!” she wrote, calling the pup a “dream of a rescue dog.”

“He loves to cuddle and meet new friends (human & canine) and has quickly adjusted to life in his new home environment,” she wrote. “Benji also enjoys squeaky toys, outdoor adventures, and anything he is allowed (or not allowed) to eat. He is the happiest, smartest boy, and I’m so grateful to be his person. I cannot wait for him to perfect his manners and become his full, goofy self as time goes on!”

[From People]

I posted Ava’s pics of Benji below, he’s adorable. As Ava goes on to say in the caption, she is not sure what breeds Benji is, although she suspects he has some Border Collie, and invited her fans to offer their input. I am crap at guessing animal breeds except I can tell Benji is largely made up of Good Boy. As a side note, I wish those dog DNA kits were cheaper. Every year I try to get some (I need two) on sale during Amazon Prime Days, but I never make it in time. Ava also said that even though they’d, “just entered each other’s lives, I feel like I’ve known Benji forever.” I think a lot of us know that feeling. I’m so happy for Ava and Benji. And maybe the timing is fate. Who knows if Ava would have adopted her own dog so soon if she’d lost Pepper first? I needed long mourning periods between pets. But when we lost our family dog (also aggressive cancer), we adopted soon after to make good on a promise I’d made the kids. I was leery of the timing but honestly, it helped me heal in this instance. It helped my parents too. Grandparents mourn – my father once wrote one of my cats an obituary to try to get over his grief. So I’m sure Benji is helping Reese deal with her grief over Pepper.

Welcome Benji and Congratulations Ava and everyone involved. Rescue costs are going up for most organizations due to transportation and inter-state fee increases. Many rescues and shelters are struggling despite the demand because even if the organization waives the adoption fees, the transportations/livery fees are prohibitive to the adopters. But organizations like Best Friends, mentioned above, are linking rescues up and getting animals from kill to No Kill facilities with the help of an incredible network of volunteers and charities. So even if you can’t adopt you can still help.

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Photo credit: Instagram

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  1. Maryanna says:

    My heart goes out to Reese and Ava. At the beginning of September, my dog passed away suddenly. “The last thing a good dog does is break your heart”

  2. Astrid says:

    Gosh that was tear-inducing and happy tears all at once.

  3. GreenBunny says:

    I lost my sweet boy, Oliver, on June 26 to kidney failure stemming from Lyme’s. He was a rescue and definitely mostly Border Collie. He was so smart and goofy and cuddly. He was only 3 1/2 and the goodest boy and I miss him so much. Just typing this is causing me to cry. Benji is super adorable and makes me think my heart can handle another rescue soon.

  4. Ariel says:

    Depressed over the state of our world already, this doggie death made me cry at work.

    I just celebrated my dog Jones and i’s 8th anniversary yesterday. He had pork followed by a dollop of melted ice cream.

    I got him 10 days after my dog Sue Ellen passed away in 2012. I couldn’t bear the silence in the house without her.
    Dogs are the best. And boy do we need them,

    Definitely going to donate to my state’s spca and another local shelter today.

  5. Case says:

    I’m so sorry to those of you who have lost furry family members. My two cats are my favorite little beings on the planet. I feel so lucky to be their mom.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Aw I’m so sorry for their loss.
    Benji is adorable.

  7. Milkweed says:

    RIP Pepper. He was so cute. I just got a Wisdom DNA test back for our scruffy tan “terrier mix” named Cork. It was $80 on Amazon. I thought he was a Westie/Frenchie or a Jack Russell/Pug. Turns out he’s a Lhasa Apso/Poodle/Chihuahua/Pomeranian! No terriers at all. It’s been really nice knowing because he displays a lot of Lhasa Apso traits and reading up on them has given us a whole new appreciation for our Cork the Dork.

  8. Erin says:

    Sending them lots of love right now! I just lost my cat friend of 18 years and it’s so hard. I’m thankful for the timing with their new friend so that the transition is hopefully easier for them all.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I’m so sorry, Erin! I know what it’s like to lose a cat that’s been in your life for nearly 2 decades. You get so attached. Like you, I just try to remember that I have him a really good life and he was truly loved. But it takes time for the grief to lessen. 💔

    • Lady D says:

      I’m sorry for your loss, Erin.

  9. Autumn R Kieft says:

    I’ve had to say goodbye to two of my dogs this last year. My pitty, Syd, who had ended up being a foster fail from my brother passed away from quick-set cancer just after Christmas and we had to put my other pittie down a few months ago. We still have two dogs, and plan to adopt a third in the next year, and my oldest rescue is going strong at 14. They don’t stay in our lives nearly long enough, but they bring so much into them. I miss my boys every day, and I will continue to adopt and support and donate to rescues in their honor for as long as I possibly can.

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    Aw, rest in peace sweet Pepper. Losing a pet is so hard. Her new pup is really handsome. And the bull dog with the blue eyes! 💕

  11. Lady D says:

    I spent 90 minutes today bathing and brushing my little cat Babette. She was 15 in June and she has intestinal cancer. I’ve been watching her run around the house like a maniac after her bath, attacking imaginary birds and spitting at the sponge ball when it sticks to her claws, and all the time I’m doing this I’m thinking I can count the breaths you have left in your body. I’m taking her in at 4:15 and I don’t want to do this, I really, really don’t. I’ve had this feisty little ball of fur around my feet for so long now and boy can she make her presence known, What am I supposed to do without her? My throat hurts.
    I have her two brothers, they were 16 this year. One has slightly dimming hearing, the other has eyesight that’s starting to fade. Other than that, the vet describes them as being in phenomenal health. I don’t know how to explain their sister to them. I’m bringing her home to bury and I’m going to let them see her corpse first. I don’t know if it will hurt or help them. I don’t know what to do.

    • Redheadwriter says:

      I am so sorry! It’s never easy, no matter how they go, to lose our family members. Sending loving thoughts to you during this time.