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Rob Lowe mourns death of family pet

Rob Lowe mourns death of family pet

Rob Lowe is mourning the loss of his pet dog, who he has described as his "best friend".

The 'West Wing' star shared the sad news over social media paying tribute to Buster, a Jack Russell Terrier, who he describes as a loyal pet and an integral part of his family with wife Sheryl Berkoff and their kids 22-year-old Matthew Edward and 20-year-old John Owen.

Rob posted a picture of the beloved pooch on his Instagram account on Tuesday (09.08.11) and wrote the accompanying tribute: "Buster was the best #dog a family could ever ask for. An unforgettable spirit of love, loyalty and energy. And a huge part of raising our sons. We are grateful to have had him for so many years and so many memories. No one will ever forget our great #Buzzoom #love (sic)"

In another post, Rob, 52, suggested that Buster had to be put down due to ill health, and expressed how much he loved the mutt that had been his companion for 16 years.

He wrote: "It's hard to say goodbye to your best friend of 16 years but when they are in pain you must do what is best for them. I love you Buster and always will. 16 years and you never stopped looking like a puppy. I'll miss my lil pig, but I know you are in a better place and not gone forever. Forever in our hearts Buster. (sic)"

Rob's son John joined in the social media memorial for the family pet choosing to quote American academic Marjorie Garber in the tribute.

John posted a picture of himself with Buster on his Instagram account and wrote: "If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness. Rest in peace, Buster. We'll never forget you. (sic)"