WASHINGTON - Owning a pet changes your life, and so does the death of a pet.
In a poignant obituary, Silverman writes about how Duck remained her constant companion and best friend for 14 years.
"Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn't figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go."
Silverman goes on to describe massaging the dog and hearing Duck's "I'm in heaven" breaths before he was put to sleep.
"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."
Read Silverman's full tribute.
If Silverman's love for her dog of 14 years doesn't leave you needing a tissue, this 1981 Jimmy Stewart goodbye to his dog Beau will: