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Bereaved dog owner builds memorial on beach and leaves heartbreaking note

A heartwarming dog memorial full of tennis balls has been installed on a beach so owners can "live each moment like your dog with unconditional love."

The grieving owner of a dog called Bruce left a wooden basket in his memory at Silver Sands beach in south Australia, for dog owners to take a ball to throw for their own pooch.

A note was left on the memorial beneath an adorable snap of Bruce charging out of the sea, inviting dog walkers to grab a tennis ball for their visit and return it for the next canine to chase.

A poster pinned onto the back of the basket reads: "In loving memory of Bruce.

"Please help yourself to a tennis ball for your dog to enjoy. You may also wish to pop it back in the box afterwards for another dog to play with. If you wish to keep it that's fine too!

"Remember to live each moment like your dog with unconditional love, loyalty and happiness."

Tributes to Bruce and messages of comfort were left for his family on social media after a picture of the original memorial was shared online.

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One person commented: "Aww how beautiful is this. Sleep peacefully Bruce and condolences and love to your family."

"RIP Bruce, if your humans did this in your memory I’m sure you had a wonderful life," another wrote.

Someone else said: "I hope Bruce is chasing balls in doggy heaven. I also hope his owners find peace in knowing they have touched so many people with their gesture."

"Such a lovely tribute to Bruce," an admirer of the memorial reacted.

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