Sarah Silverman was all jokes at the Comedy Central roast of James Franco, but she has been as genuine and heartfelt as possible to discuss the death of her dog, Duck. The comedian had to put down her 19-year-old pooch on Sept. 3 due to his deteriorating health, and wrote an “obituary type thing” in his honor.
“Duck ‘Doug’ Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. Since then we have slept most every night together (and many lazy afternoons),” she writes on her WhoSay account. “He was a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love.”
Silverman goes on to talk about how Duck became deaf, blind and arthritic over the past few years, and when he recently stopped eating she realized “it was time to let him go.” Her boyfriend, comedian Kyle Dunnigan, and sister, Laura Silverman, were with her when the doctor came to administer what “was basically an overdose of sleeping meds” to Duck.
“I held him close — in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing,” Silverman writes.
She continues, “14 years. My longest relationship. My only experience of maternal love. My constant companion. My best friend. Duck.”