After spending a full week searching for his beloved dog, Orlando Bloom recently confirmed that his pet was dead. “Mighty’s on the other side now,” he wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. The Lord of the Rings actor paid tribute to his late, furry friend with a touching tattoo of Mighty’s name on his chest. The new tat also features an ace of spades enclosed in a heart.
Over the weekend, Bloom shared images and videos of the teacup poodle. The news comes on the heels of the actor searching around Montecito, California, the community where he and fiancée Katy Perry reside.
“I have wept more this week than I thought possible,” Bloom wrote after discovering his dog’s collar.
“After 7 days of searching from sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours, today, the 7th day—the number of completion—we found his collar,” Bloom wrote. “I have wept more this week than I thought possible, which has been very cathartic and healing.”
Recounting the search for Mighty, which began July 14 after he went missing, Bloom wrote he “left no stone unturned, crawled [into] all the manholes, under the roads, searched every backyard and creek bed” and “had two separate sniffer dogs do their best, as well.”
“I feel so grateful to have learned from my little Mighty man that love is eternal and the true meaning of devotion.”
“I feel sure he was looking down on me whistling in every backyard and knowing that I was doing all I possibly could to respect our bond,” the actor continued. “He was more than a companion. It was a soul connection for sure. I’m sorry. I love you. Thank you. RIP my MIGHTY HEART my little fellow A ♠️’s.”
Bloom also expressed his gratefulness to the community for letting him “search through their yards for him” and for allowing his “midnight walks.”
“It was reassuring to see the best of people even in the worst of times,” Bloom added.
In addition, Bloom thanked the “angels” at Dog Days Search & Rescue, noting that he was “forever” in their debt and that the “ladies are Heaven sent.” He also brought attention to the tattoo artist Scott Campbell for his work.
Dog Days Search & Rescue shared news of the ended search mission on Facebook, writing that telling a family that their pet was found dead is “one of the most excruciating things we have to experience.”
“Today after a full week of searching for Orlando and Katy’s dog Mighty we had the painstaking experience of finding Mighty who had already passed over the rainbow bridge and then giving them the most horrible news,” read the Tuesday night post. “Our team worked tirelessly with Mighty’s whole family every single day to search for him.”
“Orlando has such a strong love and passion for his little boy Mighty and when he spoke about him you could just feel the emotion and love in every word,” the searchers added. “This is not how we hope or envision for any rescue we become involved with to end. It has left a hole in our hearts that can not be repaired and we never even had the chance to meet this miraculous pup.”
According to the Santa Barbara News-Press, Bloom welcomed Mighty into his home after getting the dog as a gift from Perry, who also took to social media to honor the pet.
“We’ll miss our little buddy boy,” Perry wrote.
“We’ll miss our little buddy boy, Nugget’s brother so much,” the singer wrote. “Forever a paw-shaped hole in our hearts.”
Dog Days explained that the grief Bloom and Perry are currently enduring is “one we wouldn’t wish on anybody.”
“The only positive thing we can say is that today’s events of finding Mighty will allow his family to have closure and hopefully soon start the healing process,” the post read. “Orlando and Katy you are in our thoughts tonight. Please join us in lighting a candle to help Mighty and his journey over the bridge.”