'Tomorrow is never guaranteed': The Rock’s dog dies after eating poisonous mushrooms… weeks after actor saved him from drowning

The Rock's pet dog has died after eating poisonous mushrooms - weeks after the actor saved him from drowning.

Taking to Instagram to share the sad news, the actor wrote of his sadness at the loss of Brutus.

'Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed,' he wrote, sharing a snap of him holding the dog while on life support.

'At approximately 11.15pm last night myself and Lauren Hashian had to make the painful decision to end Brutus’ suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. 

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'Tomorrow is never guaranteed': The Rock posted  apicture of himself with his dog Brutus, as the dog was on life support ahead of his eventual death from  eating poisonous mushrooms

'Tomorrow is never guaranteed': The Rock posted  apicture of himself with his dog Brutus, as the dog was on life support ahead of his eventual death from eating poisonous mushrooms

'I held his lil’ paw as he was finally at peace... We’ll always love you Brutus.. and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute.'

He explained of the incident that caused the poisoning: '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.'

And Dwayne Johnson wanted his fans to take a message from the loss: '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.' 

Much loved: Just a few weeks ago The Rock saved Brutus, left, from drowning

Much loved: Just a few weeks ago The Rock saved Brutus, left, from drowning

The death came just a few weeks after The Rock proved his action hero credentials by saving Brutus. 

The 43-year-old leapt to the rescue of his sinking puppy after it almost drowned in his swimming pool over the weekend.

In an Instagram post the actor recalled the dramatic moment his tiny canine plummeted to the bottom of the water, and his rapid action to save him. 

Sharing a photo of his muscular torso peaking beneath his soaked-through white T-shirt, the former wrestler held his two new puppies in his pool with pride, and  told his 26.2 million followers: ' Here's a fun Labor Day weekend story... '

Whoops! The actor jumped into his swimming pool fully clothed to rescue his puppy, unaware that his mobile phone was still in his pocket

Whoops! The actor jumped into his swimming pool fully clothed to rescue his puppy, unaware that his mobile phone was still in his pocket

'We just decided to add two new members to our Johnson family. Baby French Bulldogs. In my right hand is BRUTUS and in my left hand is HOBBS.

'Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to "handle their business and potty like big boys". I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool.'

Recollecting on the moment he saw Brutus drowning, he enthused: 'I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. 

'He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, "Thank God you didn't have to give me mouth to mouth!" and then ran off to play with his brother.'

Animal lover: The San Andreas actor frequents his Instagram page with adorable pictures of himself and animals

Animal lover: The San Andreas actor frequents his Instagram page with adorable pictures of himself and animals

But the rescue wasn't without its flaws as the action star then revealed that he had forgotten to remove his mobile phone from his pocket before diving in to the water.

'A few lessons I've learned today.. A) Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle. B) Some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick. C) While spiriting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cel phone to safety. Don't keep it in your pocket... like I did.'

He then punctuated the indepth post with a series of comical hashtags, '[#BRUTUSLives #HOBBSCanSwim #MyCelPhonesDead #AndNoMouthToMouthNeeded #HappyLaborDay.'

Despite his tough guy exterior, the San Andreas actor has made no secret of his love of animals and frequents his Instagram account with adorable photos, one of which saw him befriend a random dog and another that saw him put on a attempt to cuddle up with two horses.

No limits! One photo on his social media page even shows the former wrestler cuddling up with two horses

No limits! One photo on his social media page even shows the former wrestler cuddling up with two horses

 

 

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