Caroline Manzo's Dog Dies on Christmas, Family Mourns Beloved Pet Via Twitter, Instagram

Celebrity News Dec. 27, 2013 AT 11:45AM
Caroline and Lauren Manzo's dog Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo mourned the death of her family's dog, Austin, on Christmas Day Credit: Courtesy of Lauren Manzo; NBCU Photo Bank (inset)

This holiday season was a sad one for Caroline Manzo. The former Real Housewives of New Jersey star and her family lost their beloved dog, Austin, to an undisclosed illness on Christmas morning. 

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"RIP my beautiful little puppy, you were so loved," the Bravo standout and mom of three tweeted on Dec. 25, alongside a photo of Austin in Santa's lap. "Santa has a new sidekick - xoxo."

Later, she posted some pictures of the pup with kids Albie, Lauren, and Christopher. "Dogs are FAMILY...rest in peace, Austin," she wrote on her website. "We all love and miss you."

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Lauren, 25, also mourned her dog's death online. "RIP my old man...I love you so much - you were the best dog in the world," she captioned a photo of the family pet on Instagram. "I will always love you Austin. Go play with Harley!"

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Added Albie, 27: "Lost our little guy today, been with us every step of the way for the last 17+ years. Gonna miss you buddy."

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