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Mickey Rourke's Dog Stopped Him From Committing Suicide

There's no shortage of news accounts of dogs who, by some act of bravery, saved their owner's lives when disaster was about to strike. But the most remarkable rescue stories probably rarely make the press - those involving dogs whose love and companionship helped save their owners from themselves.

Actor Mickey Rourke, who has been outspoken about his past difficulties, recently shared one such story. Recalling to reporters on Sunday, he described reaching the lowest point of his life, and how his beloved chihuahua helped pulled him through it.

"I was going through a really rough time. I was hurting myself and I was sitting in the closet one day. I couldn't take it anymore and picked up a gun," Rourke said, as quoted by Page Six. "I was deciding what part of my head to put it on and my dog, Beau Jack, he [cried] and I looked over and he looked up at me like this and ... he said [with his eyes], 'Who's going to look after me?' And it made me put the gun down. I was ready to go."

Sadly, Beau Jack has since passed away - but Rourke has kept his spirit alive by adopting more dogs from the pound. Like a true animal lover, he hasn't been shy about expressing just how much he adores his pets.

While accepting the Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2009 for his role in The Wrestler, Rourke took a moment to honor the little dog who saved him, as well as the other furry members of his family.

"I'd like to thank all my dogs, the ones who are here and the ones who aren't here any more, because sometimes when a man's alone, all you got is your dog," he said. "And they've meant the world to me."

People are available to talk, 24 hours a day, at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.