But proving just how fast life can take a sad turn, The Rock has taken to Instagram to reveal Brutus passed away late Monday night. In a heartfelt message, the actor explained his mischievous French bulldog pup accidentally consumed a poisonous mushroom. Brutus was put on life support before The Rock and his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, made the tough decision to end his suffering, “sending his soul to pup heaven.”
“Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed,” The Rock wrote. “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.”
He also took the opportunity to urge his followers to make sure their homes are safe and clear of any toxicities that could endanger their own fur babies.
“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,” he wrote.
The Rock and his growing family (he and Hashian have a baby on the way!) just welcomed Brutus and Hobbs into their home over Labor Day weekend, but in those few weeks, Brutus managed to build a reputation as a rebellious little guy. Two weeks ago, he and Hobbs made a splash on the internet when they jumped into a pool for an accidental and almost fatal swim. Luckily, their “Baywatch” star papa was there to rescue them.
Then, shortly after the pool incident, The Rock had to take his “lil’ zombie” to the animal hospital after the pup got “all sick” on him.
The Rock ended his Instagram post commemorating Brutus with a poignant, sob-worthy message to the late pup: “We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime.”