Kaley Cuoco announces death of beloved "first dog" King

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The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has announced that her dog King has passed away.

The actress took to Instagram to confirm the sad news, revealing that the pet was the "first dog" that herself and partner Tom Pelphrey adopted together.

"There are no words to describe our dearest little Kingy," she wrote on a reel of photos with the late pooch. "He was the first dog @tommypelphrey and I rescued together and honestly the most special."

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Recalling how they first crossed paths with King, Kaley revealed: "I saw him online shaking in a shelter in Atlanta while I was away in Germany, and asked the shelter to hold him because we just had to have him. A month later we were in Atlanta for Tom’s work, and we spent an entire day driving hours to go pick up King. It was [love]!

"We did not have him nearly long enough," the star went on to admit. "What started as a 6 pound, skinny, wouldn’t drink water, fur less, scared dog, turned into a chubby, hilarious, side plopping, eye kissing part of our family.

"The hardest part about adopting seniors with medical issues, is we truly don’t know how long we have. All I know is Kingy gave us the most joy over the last year in a half and we could not love him more."

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The star concluded: "To everyone that helped with Kingy’s journey along the way, thank you. I urge you to rescue your next best friend. He has left his paw print on our family’s hearts forever."

The news comes after Kaley had to say goodbye to pet chihuahua Dump Truck last year, the star admitting at the time that the death had "deeply pierced my soul".

"You were with me during some of the hardest moments I’ve had in my life," she said. "You brought endless joy to everyone that met you, and kissed my nose when I needed it most. You were as special as it gets and I’m so grateful we found each-other."

Meanwhile, Kaley – who is also well known for appearing in The Flight Attendantwelcomed a baby daughter with Tom called Matilda last year.

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