It’s not that often a comic strip can bring us to tears. But a heartbreaking comic about a dog saying farewell to its owner is doing just that.
The cartoon tells the story of a dog that is about to be put down thanking its owner for all the love it received over the years they spent together.
The emotional illustration has been leaving people in pieces – with some wondering whether the sadness will ever stop. Seriously.
Despite the comic being shared thousands of times recently, it was actually created back in 2014. The man behind it, Mark Glavin, told Metro.co.uk that he was inspired to write it by a post on Reddit two years ago.
The Redditor had received a sympathy card from the veterinarian who had put his dog down, which read: ‘Don’t ever forget you gave your dog a great life.’
‘The post was very emotional and it really stuck with me,’ said Mark.
‘I thought, ‘What if the dog actually told him that?’, which evolved into the dog wishing he could tell him that.
While Mark is always thrilled by the attention the comic has received, it’s not actually that abnormal for him – considering it happens around every 6-8 months.
According to Mark, about twice a year, the comic strip ‘gains new life’, as new waves of people discover and share it.
He said: ‘I never expected it to receive the amount of attention it has. I knew people would have emotions about it, but I don’t think you can prepare yourself for this kind of reaction.
‘The comments that have been shared are amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking.’
He concluded: ‘I hope the comic has eased some people’s pain about a difficult decision, if only just a little.’