The dog behind the iconic watermelon smile profile picture for Thoughts of Dog died last week the group revealed. A statement from WeRateDogs said: “This is Halo, but you know her better as the Thoughts of the Dog profile pic. Her iconic watermelon smile has given a voice to dogs everywhere. Halo passed away last week at the age of nine. She went peacefully and surrounded by her family. She didn’t suffer for a moment.”

Dog-lovers have flooded social media with their condolences. One said: “May you rest easy Halo, your watch over the skittle under the fridge has ended. You will be missed but not forgotten.”

Another said: “Rest in Paradise Halo,” accompanied by a quote that read: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” 

A third replied: “I didn’t think I would be crying in the middle of a Monday, but here we are.”

Thoughts of Dog has more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter and delights fans with sweet dog content.

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Halo became the face of the page when her owners submitted a photograph of her to sister site WeRateDogs in 2016.

The adorable photograph shows Halo with a beaming smile on her face holding a slice of watermelon in her mouth. The curators of Thoughts of Dog said that the photograph of Halo was the inspiration behind much of the content published on the page.

 A spokesperson said: “Obviously [her photo] is unique and entertaining thanks to the watermelon, but something about the pure bliss radiating from her expression felt perfect for an account attempting to capture the essence of dogs.

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“Attached to every post was Halo and her watermelon smile, so my heart broke when I learned she had passed, and I want you all to be aware of that as well.

“With permission from her family, Halo will remain our profile picture and live on with every post. Thank you for the support you all have shown this account. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

“Remember, it is okay to cry over a good dog every once in a while.”

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