Sportscaster gets emotional on air during touching tribute to his dog

For anyone who has ever had a dog, you'll know that they truly do become members of the family. And while that's a beautiful thing while they're around,m the sad reality is that like all good things, dogs also come to pass. When a family dog passes on, it can be absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved.
But one brave sportscaster decided to share his grief with the world. After his beloved pooch Otis died, ESPN presenter Scott van Pelt decided to share an adorable tribute to his four-legged friend, live on air. But it was clear the emotion of the situation overcame him, and the segment ended in an emotional climax.
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Scott decided to use his time on air to show the world the love he had for his dog. The moving tribute showcased all of the presenter's favorite images of Otis, and allowed him to share his story with the world. "He was the King of our home. Honor him," Scott shared on Twitter.
It was immediately clear just how important Otis was, not just to Scott, but to his whole family. Scott explained how Otis was always the first to greet him when he got home from work, always with a wagging tail and an excited disposition. Any dog owner will recognize this beautiful feeling, too.
"After the show tonight, I’d rather drive all the way from D.C. to the Pacific Ocean, instead of taking a short ride home, where I’m going to sit in the dark waiting for my Otie boy," Scott explained. And this was where he began to become emotional about all his dog had done for him - and his whole family!
In words that will ring true with any and all dog owners, Scott explained, "nothing we do could earn what our dogs give away to us for free." As Scott began to break down and cry, he added, "Even though I’m crying, I was just so happy he was ours. And I’m so happy we were his."
Scott also went on to share some advice with any fellow dog owners out there. "Love on your good boys and good girls with all your might - every day that you can. There aren’t ever enough of them." We think this is pretty wise advice, and will surely be implementing it, starting now!
"He was an absolute King," Scott finished.
It's clear that the whole internet shares in Scott's sentiment about pet doggos. "Literally best thing ESPN has produced. Right up there with the best of the best. Rest easy pup," wrote one commenter. Another agreed, adding, "Fabulous tribute. Really well done. Thank you for posting this. I’m bawling!"
We're not crying - you're crying!
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