Denise Richards Mourns Passing Of Her Rescue Dog Louie — 'It Was His Time To Cross The Rainbow Bridge'

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Jan. 13 2020, Updated 4:03 p.m. ET

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Denise Richards said good-bye to an old friend on January 12. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star took to Instagram to share that her beloved rescue dog, Louie, passed away following her trip to Spain.

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The 48-year-old paid tribute to her pooch with an emotional tribute and a series of photos showing her and her dog.

"Heartbroken?. Came home from Spain to say goodbye to our Louie.... did everything to keep him here. Sadly for us, it was his time to cross the rainbow ? bridge," the mother of three captioned her gallery. The rainbow bridge is term coined in the 1980s that alludes to an other-worldly place where pets go upon death, and will eventually to be reunited with their owners. The phrase was the subject of a series of prose poems released at the time.

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Denise continued, "We rescued him 10 years ago and he’s one of the funniest & most animated furry babies. I’m so grateful he waited until I got home so I could be with him. I know he’s now with some of his siblings & his nana (my mom) but it still hurts."

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"Louie you are so loved & will be missed terribly. Thank you for blessing us with your unconditional love & effervescent beautiful spirit my ❤️," the Wild Things star concluded.

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Fans and friends showered her with love and support in the comments section. Denise's RHOBH costar Dorit Kemsley wrote, "So sorry honey. ? sending love ❤️." Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador said, "So so sorry! ? Sending lots of love your way!"

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Another follower said, "I'm so so sorry... I know this pain all too well. Sending you so much love ❤️?." One fan added, "Sending prayers. Sorry for your loss of your Louie ????❤️❤️."

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On January 4, Denise shared a health update on her pup and hoped that he'll make a "positive recovery." She wrote, "Praying for our #Louie I love this guy so much. He had a rough life when he was younger...We rescued him 9 yrs ago & he’s just one of the funniest dogs we’ve ever adopted. It’s so hard when they enter their senior years. He’s so loved by all of us & hopefully he’ll make a positive recovery????."


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