Today is a sad day for tennis star Serena Williams.
The Olympic gold medalist posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram today announcing that her beloved dog Jackie has died.
“Her poor body gave out this morning, and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go,” Williams, 34, wrote in part.
Today really is hard for me. My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today. She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go. With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much. I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. #breakingheart #bff Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever.
The post came several hours after she uploaded an emotional video on Snapchat in which she snuggled with the 16-year-old dog, who was napping at the time. In the video, Williams said Jackie was “the love her life” and that beloved pooch was “struggling” with her health. Jackie had been a beloved member of the Williams family since Serena was just 17 years old. That’s a long time, and it’s clear that she and Jackie had an incredibly close bond.
Jackie- Lauralei, Chip, and Mommy miss you so much. We will never forget u. ❤️ thank you for the kindness and joy you brought us. A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on
It’s never easy to say goodbye to a pet, but Serena and Jackie were both lucky to spend that last 16 years together.