Mom's Final 'Pup Cup Date' with Golden Retriever Is Making People Sob

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When it was time to say goodbye to her Golden Retriever, Katie Sigmond knew exactly how she wanted to do it. She knew that her dog would want to have one last treat before being put down. And now video of her giving her dog one last pup cup has people tearing up online.

Sigmond looked so sad after handing the special snack over to her Golden for a final time — and we don't blame her one bit.

Those last few days with your dog before saying goodbye can be brutal. Everything feels like it's the last time. In the footage that Sigmond shared, it shows her gazing at her Golden Retriever after serving it the food. The dog didn't immediately gobble it down. In fact, the Golden seems totally uninterested, which is actually more upsetting. It's almost like the dog knew that something was wrong.

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"Last pup cup date with my love before she's sent to Heaven," the text overlay reads.

Commenters online were in absolute pieces. "I’m so sorry, you can see the pain in her eyes to see you cry, heartbreaking. May she rest in peace," wrote one person. "This is making me tear up. It’s heartbreaking seeing a dog die, especially an owner's," someone else added. "I'm so sorry, this made me cry, she will always be with you, we are all here for you," a third person chimed in. "I am so sorry!! I am terrified of losing my Golden Retriever boy," one person admitted.

How Long Do Golden Retrievers Live?

They're our best friends, but there will come a time when we all will have to say goodbye to our dogs. Golden Retrievers are one of the most common dog breeds out there, so you might be wondering how long these friendly dogs live.

While it's not an exact science, Golden Retrievers have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. There are lots of things that can impact this. From a dog's diet and nutrition, to the amount of exercise they're getting, and genetics. Breeding can impact a Golden's lifespan as well. If a dog was bred by an unethical breeder that can give them health complications later on too. If you're going to go purchase a Golden Retriever, make sure you go to a reputable breeder who uses ethical breeding practices.

Of course the end is hard no matter when it happens. The best we can do is try and make those final moments mean something.

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