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Tom Hardy Posted A Heartbreaking Tribute After His Rescue Dog Died.

Most people know of Tom Hardy as a badass onscreen. Offscreen, however, Hardy is a big guy with a big heart to match. The Internet is filled with photos of Hardy posing with various dogs. There is one particular dog you might notice is in most of his photos: Woodstock.
Hardy first met Woodstock when he was only 11 weeks old and he's been in his life ever since. He actually rescued him from an expressway in Atlanta. They've grown extremely close over the years to the point where Hardy considered him one of his best companions. Sadly, Woodstock passed away a few days ago.

There are numerous photos on the Internet of the actor posing with various dogs. And it wasn't that long ago when the actor melted everyone's hearts by bringing his canine best friend to the premiere of "Legend." 

It's no secret that Tom Hardy has a huge heart when it comes to dogs.

His dog's name is Woodstock but he called him Woody for short. 

Hardy actually rescued the little guy during his filming of the movie "Lawless" in Atlanta.

Shortly after rescuing him, Hardy brought the pup to a pet shop to buy the little guy food, a collar and toys. 

It all happened back in 2011, with the help of his fellow actress, Jessica Chastain.
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"We were in Atlanta, Georgia, doing Lawless, and he was in the motorway. We almost ran him over with a Prius," he told Vulture in 2014. 

"He ran off into the motorway, and Jess was like, 'No, no, no! You've got to go after him!'"

Retrieving the dog wasn't a piece of cake either.

Imagine, an 11-year-old puppy wandering aimlessly on an expressway. Thankfully, Hardy got a hold of him and eventually transformed him into an on-set dog. 

At the time of the rescue, Woody was only 11 weeks old!
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It wasn't until after he cleared quarantine that Hardy brought him back to London with him, making him officially Hardy's dog. 

For the first six months, Jessica's mom looked after the pup.
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"He goes on all my film sets now. He's a great on-set dog."

Ever since, the two became inseparable. Hardy even brought him along to work!

In honor of his canine companion, Hard wrote and posted a heartfelt tribute onto his Tumblr page. 

Unfortunately, Woody recently passed away only at the age of six.
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"Never forget that night. It was wonderful. One minute he was almost dead next terrified, then picked up by strangers," he wrote about the first time he rescued Woody. 

On his Tumblr page, he wrote about the first time he met Woody.

"Then after he had a power nap in the car, he's walking with his bandy leg John Wayne strut under the strip lighted aisles of this massive pet store happy and playful."

He still recalls that day as if it happened yesterday.
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He was diagnosed with polymyositis, an uncommon inflammatory disease. It causes muscle weakness, affecting the entire body. 

According to Hardy, Woody passed away after a short battle with an aggressive disease.

In his touching tribute, he wrote: "He was an Angel. And he was my best friend. We went through so much together."

Woody was truly Hardy's best friend.

"He has been on many sets. Met many crews. Photo shoots, premieres, made many, many friends." 

Woody was a part of Hardy's everyday life. Everyone who was a part of Hardy's schedule eventually met the friendly pooch.

In his post, Hardy confessed that he doesn't normally speak publicly about his family and friends but there was something different about this particular circumstance. 

At one point, Woody was even named the 73rd most influential animal in TIME magazine.

"I am ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering." 

Most of his Tumblr post spoke about how much he loved Woody and how greatly the dog impacted his life.
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The news of Woody's passing has left many people heartbroken. Ever since Hardy went public with his tribute, the news has been shared by several people on social media. 

"Above all I am completely gutted. The world for me was a better place with him in it and by my side."

He ended the post by telling Woody that he was the literally the best friend he's ever had. 

As his Tumblr post progresses, Hardy reels it in with some final compassionate words.
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"To me and to a family who loved him beyond words and whom he loved without doubt more than I have ever known."

He starts off his final message by addressing Woody: "To the bestest friend ever."

"Woody was the bestest of journey companions we ever could dream of having. Our souls intertwined forever."

"Woody was the bestest of journey companions we ever could dream of having. Our souls intertwined forever."

"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."

"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."
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"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."

"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."
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But before you do, be warned that your heart might just break a little more from reading his endearing words. 

To read the entire post, check out the link to Hardy's Tumblr below.

In addition to Hardy's heartwarming post, he also made a beautiful video in tribute to Woody.

Rest in peace Woody, you will not be forgotten. 

Rest in peace Woody, you will not be forgotten.

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