Dogs
Serena Williams pens heartbreaking message for her beloved dog who recently passed away
Her post is so touching.
Michael Dabu
09.19.22

Even the best and toughest athletes have a soft spot for animals.

Serena Williams graced the world of tennis when she turned pro back in 1995. With her impeccable athleticism and world-class skills, Williams shook the sport by a storm.

“She was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. She won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time.”

However, just recently, she announced that she was retiring from the sport and that she would like to focus more on her family.

“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me,” Williams said in a VOGUE article. “…I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.”

Apart from her retirement, on August 27, 2022, she also announced that her beloved dog, Lauerlei Linkogle Williams, has passed away.

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It’s true that a dog can only live long enough, with a life span of 10 to 13 years, these loyal creatures would eventually leave their dear owners just like what happened to Williams. And ask anyone who had lost a dog, they’d say that it’s as painful as losing a human loved one.

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In an Instagram post, Williams posted a few photos of Lauerlei and wrote a heartfelt message alongside it.

“Lauerlei sadly took her last breath yesterday. I am sad but happy for all the time and all the extra I got to spend with her. She lived a long long life. The last year and a half was a bonus. She got to get anything she ever wanted and she was biting toes till the end. Literally. She LOVED chicken and acrobatics. She was the smallest yet toughest little pup and I will miss her… so much. 💔truly the end of an Era.”

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A lot of famous personalities who knew Lauerlei also extended their condolences and unforgettable experiences with the adorable pooch.

American vegan chef, Lauren Von Der Pool wrote in the comments, “Omg my beautiful Lauerlei! ❤️❤️❤️ I can hear you saying chiiiiickun! Sending you and the fam love! I know how much you love her!”

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While American singer Kelly Rowland wrote, “Awwwww such special, funny moments with this sassy girl! Joshes got her Big Sis by her side!! Cause we miss her too!♥️♥️”

English model, actress, singer, and businesswoman, Naomi Campbell, also extended her condolences and wrote, “Bond with pups are so special So sorry for your loss”

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Erica Bobb, a seasoned television host, and social commentator also commented, “Oh my heart 💔 Bless her journey across the rainbow bridge”

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Losing a dog is never easy. Run free Lauerlei! You will be forever missed.

Watch the video below to see how Williams spent the remaining seconds with her dog named Jackie who passed away six years ago.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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