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Judah Mackey started December on the saddest of notes.

Man, we sure hope Santa Claus has something special in store for The Young and the Restless’ Judah Mackey, who plays Adam and Chelsea’s son, Connor. The poor kid began the holiday season with a terrible loss.

“We said goodbye to our dog Clyde today,” read a December 1 post from his parent-run Twitter account. “He was our best buddy and lived 16 and a half happy years.”

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Though of course saddened to lose their four-legged family member, Mackey was “thankful for the time we had together.

“His warm cuddles will be missed,” he added. “Rest in peace, sweet boy.”

At least the rising star has a few things in the works to distract him from his heartache. On December 4, Apple TV+ premiered Stillwater, the new animated series in which his character lives next door to a panda named… well, his name is the title of the show. You can listen for Mackey in the trailer below.

The youngster is also likely to appear in Season 2 of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show since Steve Carell, who plays his father, has signed on to return as disgraced anchor Mitch Kessler. (Our sister site TVLine has all the details.)

Ironically, on The Young and the Restless, Connor was allowed by his parents to adopt not a dog but a sweet stray cat. Here’s hoping that his portrayer and his family will one day be able to add a new furry friend to their household.

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In the meantime, cheer yourself up by taking a peek at a photo gallery that will leave you seeing double — it’s a collection of eye-popping images of soap stars and their real-life doppelgangers.