Lawrence Wong posts tribute after pet golden retriever Summer passes away

She had been with Wong and his family for 16 years.

Jane Zhang | July 25, 2020, 11:19 PM

The past few days appear to have been a bit of a mixed bag for Minister Lawrence Wong.

On Saturday (Jul. 25), it was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that Wong will be appointed Minister for Education, relinquishing his previous post as Minister for National Development.

However, the night prior to this announcement, Wong took to Instagram to share some sad news; the passing of his family's pet golden retriever, Summer.

Passing of Summer

On Friday, Jul. 24, Wong posted a photo on Instagram of his dog, Summer.

In the caption, he shared that, after 16 years, Summer had "crossed the rainbow bridge".

He wrote:

"Goodbye dear Summer. Thank you for bringing so much love and joy to our lives. We will miss u :("

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After 16 years, baby Summer has crossed the rainbow bridge. Goodbye dear Summer. Thank you for bringing so much love and joy to our lives. We will miss u :(

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A scroll through Wong's Instagram profile shows that Summer has made a number of appearances in his posts, the oldest two post dating back to 2014.

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A quiet Friday night. Opportunity for some quality time with my dog summer!

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Smile and enjoy the long weekend! :)

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His posts feature Summer in a variety of situations, such as:

Spending time together at home

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Enjoying the Sunday afternoon before the start of a new work year tomorrow!

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Summer's favourite position at the family dining table! Always hoping to get some scraps from the table :)

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Summer can't get enough of her favorite fruit!! #DurianSeason

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Sleeping

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While no one was looking, Summer crept up to the sofa to take a snooze :)

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Let sleeping dogs lie :)

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Doggie dreams!

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He even shared a photo of the two of them napping concurrently:

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It's the middle of the week. Take a break and recharge! :) #weekendpic #latergram

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Celebrating special occasions

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It was national pet day yesterday and Summer's birthday today! She's now 13 and her coat is getting whiter. But she'll always be my sweet girl :)

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Summer showing me some love on Father's Day! :)

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Out and about at the Botanic Gardens

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There’s something about the grass in the botanic gardens that gets Summer rolling in ecstasy! :)

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Lovely evening for a Xinyao concert at the Botanic gardens where Summer turned out to be the centre of attraction for the kids :)

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Documented more difficult times too

Wong also previously shared some of the more difficult times with Summer, such as when she fractured her foot and had to be put in a cone to prevent her from chewing on her bandage.

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My dog has a fractured toe :(

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Summer has to wear a collar to stop her from chewing up her bandaged paw and you can tell she doesn’t like it :(

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And when she had to start going for rehab and hydrotherapy due to old age affecting her ability to walk:

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Summer is old and cannot walk properly :( So going for rehab and hydrotherapy

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Summer is getting better and starting to walk again! :)

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Top photos via Instagram / Lawrence Wong.