Anyone who's been through it will tell you that the death of a pet dog is an agonizing experience.
In a touching tribute the actor penned on his Tumblr page, Hardy recalls rescuing "Woodstock" in the dark in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was a stray. 11 weeks old. Oh No we thought. Quickly Go get that dog not even sure it was a dog. Actually. We stopped the car. It was pitch black literally. I used my phone to light the road in case a car came round the turnpike and couldn’t see me.
I snatched out expecting to feel teeth and grabbed a fist full of soft neck fur lifted what was actually an incredibly light weight up to my face and shone my phone at it. It was a very small bundle literally sagging from its neck fur with two big brown eyes staring straight into mine. When I got back to the car and sat in my seat he lay on my shoulder and fell asleep.
The letter is pretty long, but the end is by far the hardest part to read.
He was special bro, a shining example of man’s best friend. He burnt very very bright and, those that burn very bright sometimes burn half as long.
Thank you Woody for choosing to find us. We will love you and be with you and you with us forever. Never ever ever forgotten. Your Boy tom xxx I love you beyond words.
To the moon and back again and again to Infinity and beyond. Run with Max now and the Angels. I will see you when I get there.With all of me I love you. Always
Thank you for your love beautiful boy.
If you feel like going through a whole box of Kleenex, you can watch this montage of the actor and Woodstock's photos.
Are you crying? I'm not crying.