Serena Williams Loses the ‘Love of Her Life,’ Her Dog Jackie

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Serena Williams’ beloved dog Jackie passed away today.

After being with the tennis star for the past 17 years, the terrier was finally ready to say goodbye.

Breaking the sad news on Instagram, Williams wrote:

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.

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This post comes after Williams created a Snapchat video earlier today in which she is holding Jackie. In it, a distraught Williams talks about the “love of her life” Jackie and how she has been struggling lately. “She means the world to me,” says Williams. “She made my life better.”

Rest in peace Jackie

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