If heaven is a place on earth, then it sounds like Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder’s German Shephard, Ira, was already living there.
In an Instagram post mourning Ira’s death from cancer, Somerhalder celebrated their life together. He wrote: “Countless flights, 100nights in the airstream, driving across the country, jumping in every lake- river- stream and ocean there was, just for a splash and to be happy.”
No doubt that Ira is living a similar life in the beyond, the only missing element her beloved parents and her baby sister, Bodhi Soleil, who turns one on July 25. Oh, and the human family’s other pets, who include horses named Freya, Millie and Eagle, dogs named Enzo, Nietzsche and Gerty, and cats named Moke, Thursday, and Sohalia.
Nikki Reed followed Somerhalder’s touching post with her own Instagram tribute, in which she called Ira her “best friend for so long.”
“You are the definition of unconditional love my gorgeous girl. You taught me so much about so much...in many ways our greatest teacher. You’ve been here for every chapter, as my rock, my favorite cuddle buddy and my best girl.”
She then gave a further glimpse into what Ira’s magical life was like here on earth.
“We’ve explored endless fields, mountains, and airplanes. We’ve traveled across the country together more than once, snuggled on couches under one blanket, and jogged the hot streets of Georgia for miles on end sharing water bottles and kisses. We’ve slept in vans, lived in hotels, and jumped off of boats.”
She also noted that Ira sang along to songs on the radio, and curled up in a ball at her feet. To close, Reed noted that she’ll find Ira in the afterlife.
“Thank you for being my kid in this life my Ira girl. Ill be bringing you back to our favorite lake soon...”
If the tears aren’t streaming down your face right now, read the whole Instagram post.
Ira was lucky to live with the famous couple, both of who are animal lovers and activists, while she was here on earth. And we really do hope that she meets up again with them in the next life — by their favorite lake, with her favorite treat ready. RIP, sweet Ira, you magical girl.
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