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Dwayne Johnson shows his soft side with post about his dog's death (PHOTOS)

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The Rock's message about his beloved pup is the saddest thing you'll read all day

Break out a box of tissues for this one, folks, because it's got an ending like Old Yeller.

After making the heartbreaking decision that pet owners are all too often faced with, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted a sweet tribute to announce the death of his dog, Brutus. Little Brutus suffered from poisoning after eating a mushroom in Johnson's yard and he and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, were forced to end the pup's suffering by putting him down.

"Another reminder that we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed," wrote Johnson. "At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace."

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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 #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime

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Johnson went on to clarify what happened to Brutus and warn fellow pet owners to be vigilant in checking the areas in which their dogs play for poisonous mushrooms so that others can avoid the same tragedy.

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It's an especially sad ending for Brutus, who seemed to have no shortage of adventures in his short life.

Johnson posted an adorable photo of himself with Brutus and Hobbs over Labor Day weekend, telling the story of how he saved Brutus from nearly drowning the first day he was in the Johnson household.

"I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool," Johnson recalled. "HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sinks head first to the bottom of the pool. I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS, and bring him back to the edge of the pool."

Here's a fun Labor Day weekend story... We just decided to add two new members to our Johnson family. Baby French Bulldogs. In my right hand is BRUTUS and in my left hand is HOBBS. Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to "handle their business and potty like big boys". I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool. I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, "Thank God you didn't have to give me mouth to mouth!" and then ran off to play with his brother. A few lessons I've learned today.. A) Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle. B) Some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick. C) While spiriting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cel phone to safety. Don't keep it in your pocket... like I did. #BRUTUSLives #HOBBSCanSwim #MyCelPhonesDead #AndNoMouthToMouthNeeded #HappyLaborDay

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Then, just one week after his near-drowning experience, Brutus ended up back at the vet with some "north/south action," according to Johnson.

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Our condolences to everyone in the Johnson family and rest in peace to sweet little Brutus.

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