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Serena Williams Tennis champion writes touching tribute to her late friend

Tennis Champion, Serena Williams, recently shared a touching tribute to her old friend - a dog.

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Jackie, 16, was one of Serena Williams' oldest friend until it died on Tuesday, November 24. But Jackie is a dog.

The World Tennis Champ was 17 when she brought the Jack Russell Terrier home.

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This is what she wrote:

"Today really is hard for me. My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today. She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go. With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much. I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. ‪#‎breakingheart‬ ‪#‎bff‬ Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever."

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