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Heartbroken Filmmaker Shares Tender Moment With His Dying Dog

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Film director Kevin Smith triggered an outpouring of well-wishes from fans and animal lovers on Wednesday after sharing a heartbreaking photo of what would be one of his last tender moments with his dying dog.

Smith, whose films include "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy," wrote on Facebook that Mulder had been in poor health for the last year, but as the end neared it was still so painful.

"They never tell you when you get a dog, but there is a price to pay for being the recipient of 17 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship: they take a huge chunk of your heart with them when they go," Smith wrote.

(Facebook/Kevin Smith)

Within hours after the original posting, Smith reported that Mulder had passed.

"He's gone. RIP Mulder, my Buddy-Man," he wrote.

Mulder, the oldest of Smith's three dogs, had been a frequent subject of photos shared on the director's social media accounts, like this one with his dachshund named Shecky.

(Instagram/Kevin Smith)

More than 50,000 people have commented on Smith's photo on Facebook, most of whom offer condolences for his loss. Perhaps the most touching words come from Smith himself in a final tribute to his beloved pet:

"It took a dog like you to make me a better person."