Since the passing of her beloved dog Floyd on April 1, pop singer Miley Cyrus has publicly been expressing her grief via social media and song. 

The 21-year-old has seemingly turned to twitter as a way to cope, with dozens of messages to her almost 18 million followers chronicling her sadness. 

While we've likely all had to suffer through the loss of a pet, Cyrus took her grieving to a theatrical level, commissioning the creation of a gigantic inflatable replica of Floyd (in only two days!) for a concert in Boston on April 3. She also rolled out the inflatable pup for her performance at Barclays on Saturday. 

"That was the hardest song of the night to do," she told the New York audience after singing "Can't Be Tamed." "As y'all know, because I lost my Floydie this week. Sometimes I just can't stop from breaking down crying."

Unfortunately, such public grief can come with scorn from those who can't relate. Take Radhika Sanghani, a journalist for the UK Telegraph, who wrote an article expressing her wonderment that people actually care about the death of animals. 

"Every time one of my Facebook friends posts about how devastated they are that their beloved [insert animal here] has died, I squirm uncomfortably. When they keep on going, and give endless updates about the funeral, I press that little cross by their name and hide them from my newsfeed.

"I am not an inherently evil person – I just do not understand how adults can care so much about a small little animal that will inevitably die, was never able to speak to you anyway and let's face it, you can never fully trust. These beings are bought for people's own enjoyment and like all living things, their lives come to an end."

Ouch. For those who do not subscribe to Sanghani's view of the world, taking the time to grieve for the loss of an animal is perfectly healthy

“One of the things that astounds me is when people say, ‘It’s just a cat, you can get another one.’ But they would never say at a funeral, to a widow, ‘there’s more fish in the sea,’” Psychotherapist Marcia Breitenbach, author of “The Winds of Change," told MNN. 

“It’s hilarious to think about that, and yet we do say that to someone who lost a family member,” she adds. “They just happened to be furry or feathered or slithery or whatever.”

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Miley Cyrus grieves loss of beloved dog with enormous statue
'Wrecking Ball' singer has been mourning the death of her dog Floyd since his sudden passing last week.