In her tribute post to her rescue dog Penny, Bush asked her followers to adopt their next pet because it will "leave you better than you were before"

By Rachel DeSantis
April 11, 2019 03:41 PM
Sophia Bush/Instagram; Inset: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Sophia Bush is mourning the loss of her precious pooch Penny.

The Chicago P.D. actress revealed on Instagram that her rescue dog Penny died suddenly on April 4.

Bush, 36, wrote that she held off on announcing her dog’s death for a week because she “needed a break from the internet” and was unsure how to put her grief into words.

“[I] needed to be quiet and hold my heart in the tender comfort of best friends and community,” she wrote. “We lost our sweet Penny girl last Thursday. We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know how quickly the day would be upon us. For the last seven days we’ve cried, laughed, and missed her with an ache that is hard to describe.”

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Bush recalled how it was love at first sight for her and Penny, and described the devoted pitbull mix as her home’s “mascot,” “welcome wagon” and “guard dog” before explaining the bond Penny shared with Bush’s other pup, Griffin.

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“I loved Penny from the moment I met her. She was a special, wild, rambunctious little thing. Tiny. Sweet. With giant ears, always at attention,” she wrote. “[She and Griffin] were inseparable. Always touching. Always sleeping in a tangled pretzel. Seeing him look for her in the house makes my heart catch in my throat. He misses her too. We all do. Sure, Penny was mine, but she was truly ours. She was family.”

The actress ended her sweet tribute by encouraging her followers to adopt their canines.

“It’ll change your life. It’ll blow your heart open and teach you how big it is,” she wrote. “It’ll fill your house with laughter and love. And leave you better than you were before.”

The post was accompanied by a sweet slideshow of Penny featuring her cuddling with Griffin and Bush, as well as Bush’s other late dog, Patch, who died in August 2016.

Several of Bush’s famous friends chimed in with messages of condolence, including former costar Bethany Joy Lenz.

Sophia Bush/Instagram

“So sorry Soph. You have always been so connected to your animals and a wonderful puppy Mama,” she wrote. “Sending you a big hug sister.”

Added Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is married to One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton, “💔 Big love to all y’all.”

Bush previously told WebMD in 2015 that she adopted Penny from a shelter, and believed her to be part pharaoh hound and part red pitbull.