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Just like his owner, Brutus the scrappy little bulldog liked to push the limits when it came to living his life. You might remember this was the pup that dove in the deep end of The Rock’s swimming pool just a few weeks ago, only to be plucked from the bottom by Johnson himself. The final moment of the episode was presented on The Rock’s Instagram account, where fans and dog lovers shared in the joy of the happy outcome.
Unfortunately the young dog’s new lease on life was short lived. After finding and eating a poisonous mushroom in the Johnson family backyard earlier this week, Brutus was rushed to emergency veterinary care where doctors were unable to save him.
The Rock posted a touching tribute to his fearless, four-legged friend Tuesday after saying goodbye to the little guy for the last time. He also shared some life-saving advice that all dog owners should heed.
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Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldHaveSavedYouOneMoreTime #TheresPickUpTrucksInHeavenYouCanPeeIn