Heartbreaking moment toddler fetches a treat for her devoted dog

Where’s my pal? Heartbreaking moment toddler fetches a treat for her devoted dog – not understanding that he has died

  • Footage filmed on March 18 in Essex shows Billie-Ann reaching to get dog snack
  • But the one-year-old does not understand that Bruce has died
  • She is confused and puts her hand out to give him the food but he is not there
  • The video has racked up more than 5 million views and 781,000 likes on TikTok  

This is the heartbreaking moment a toddler fetched a treat for her devoted dog- not understanding that he has died.

Footage filmed on March 18 in Grays, Essex, by Chloe Simmons, 26, shows her one-year-old daughter Billie-Ann Faraway reaching into a cupboard to get her beloved pooch a snack.

She holds the treat and then stretches out her hand to give it to him but she is perplexed as Staffordshire bull terrier Bruce is not there.


Footage filmed on March 18 in Grays, Essex, by Chloe Simmons, 26, shows her one-year-old daughter Billie-Ann Faraway reaching into a cupboard to get her beloved pooch a snack. She holds the treat and then stretches out her hand to give it to him but she is perplexed as Staffordshire bull terrier Bruce is not there

The family had to make the decision to put their 11-year-old dog down as he had aggressive cancer.   

Billie-Ann had doted on the pooch since she was a baby, with the dog following her around protectively and making her giggle.  

The moving video has racked up more than 5 million views and 781,000 likes on TikTok and Ms Simmons has vowed their beloved dog will never be forgotten.  

 The family had to make the decision to put their 11-year-old dog down as he had aggressive cancer. Pictured: Billie-Ann with the treat

Billie-Ann had doted on the pooch since she was a baby, with the dog following her around protectively and making her giggle

Ms Simmons said: ‘We all cried the first few times Billie-Ann went up to the cupboard.

‘She did it the night he passed away which choked the whole family up.

‘If she cried as a baby Bruce would run to her side. She has a ball pit that she’d throw balls out of for him.

‘He would chase his tail and she would crack up laughing at him.

‘She has one of those [remote-controlled] Range Rover cars that she sits in and we drive, so we’d take them out for walks together and Bruce would have to be by her side. If she went ahead, he’d pull on his lead to make sure he was next to her.

‘She’d go to his snack cupboard every morning and get him a dental stick to clean his teeth.

‘Her snack cupboard is next to his so she’d quite often get herself one and sit on the kitchen floor with him.

Ms Simmons said: ‘We all cried the first few times Billie-Ann went up to the cupboard. ‘She did it the night he passed away which choked the whole family up.’ Pictured: Billie-Ann and Bruce 

‘It has been very confusing for her. She would give him his daily dental stick so we’ve had to empty his food cupboard to stop confusing her.

‘She kept looking in the cupboard for a few days but we felt it was cruel on her to keep confusing her, so we emptied it and put some other bits in it..’

Ms Simmons said the family had to put Bruce down as he had developed cancerous tumours in his lungs and spleen. 

Billie-Ann has been looking for her Bruce for the last week and has been left confused about why he is not at home anymore. 

Billie-Ann has been looking for her Bruce for the last week and has been left confused about why he is not at home anymore. Pictured: Billie-Ann and her mother 

Ms Simmons said: ‘Bruce was our family dog. Billie-Ann has only known the house with him in it.

‘His dog bed was in the kitchen and she keeps getting her balls from her ball pit and taking them out to look for him.

‘We were looking forward to seeing them play together in the garden this summer now that she is walking.

‘He was having problems with his breathing so we took him to the vets and he had lots of cancerous tumours in his lungs and a large one in his spleen.

The 26-year-old said: ‘Bruce was our family dog. Billie-Ann has only known the house with him in it’. Pictured: Billie-Ann, her father Martin and Bruce 

‘It had started to spread throughout his organs so even if any treatment would be possible, it would only be temporary. We were advised the kindest thing to do at his age would be to put him to sleep.

‘He was actually cremated on the same day as my son who also died of cancer [in 2020] so it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

‘We think it was a sign we did the right thing by putting him to sleep before he started to suffer.

‘Billie will always grow up knowing who Bruce was and how much he loved her.. We have his ashes in the living room and getting some photos printed of him for the wall.’ 

Ms Simmons said: ‘Billie will always grow up knowing who Bruce was and how much he loved her.. We have his ashes in the living room and getting some photos printed of him for the wall’. Pictured: Billie-Ann and Bruce 

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