Over Labor Day weekend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a photo on Facebook about having saved the life of his new puppy – a French Bulldog named Brutus – after the dog had fallen in the pool and couldn’t swim. Dog Fancy is sorry to report that the actor had to put Brutus down this week after the poor little thing ingested a mushroom (which are highly toxic to dogs) and couldn’t recover.
Johnson initially posted the following photo on Instagram of him and Brutus at the vet:
First I save this lil’ zombie Brutus’ life from drowning in the pool, now he decides to get all sick on me and having that awesome “north/south” action coming out of both ends of his body. Fun night. Thank you to the animal Dr’s and nurses at St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital for taking care of our gremlin. He’ll be back in no time wrestling and biting the shit outta my hands and happily peeing on my Jordan’s. #LetsGetYouHomeBigBoy #ThisPupsHadACrazy72Hrs #HesAlreadyTougherThanA2DollarSteak
Brutus continued to deteriorate, prompting Johnson to do the most humane (and most difficult) thing: euthanize the puppy.
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 #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime
Losing a pet is always a difficult thing; our condolences go out to Johnson and family, including his other dog Hobbs.