Marnie the Dog, a popular dog influencer who became known for her dangling tongue and celebrity appearances, has died.
In an emotional Instagram post, owner Shirley Braha announced that Marnie peacefully passed away on Thursday at the age of 18.
“Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough,” Braha wrote on Saturday. “She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.”
Marnie had amassed quite the following, with 1.8 million followers on Instagram. The announcement of her death was met with mourning from many, including other influencer pet accounts.
Lil Bub, whose own Instagram account has 2.5 million followers, passed away late last year. The account remains active, and Lil Bub’s ghost wrote a message to Marnie full of hope.
“I love you Marnie. Excited to spend time w u exploring space. Let’s go!” the message read.
A shih tzu, Marnie was adopted from a shelter at the age of 11. As an older dog, Braha wrote that she didn’t think Marnie would be around for a long time. Still, Braha wrote that she is amazed and happy to hear others being inspired by Marnie to adopt older dogs and thanked fans for their support.
“Im grateful I was able to give this magical creature the fun and deeply loving life she wanted and deserved,” Braha wrote. “I’m thankful I was chosen to be the conduit for Marnie to bring joy into the world. And I’m thankful for all the human and dog friends Marnie and I made along the way, and the strangers on the streets and on the internet, who have shown us so much love.”
Marnie’s first Instagram post was in 2013. Since then, the doggo has become quite a star. Aside from her more than a million followers, Marnie has met a bunch of celebrities, too, including Betty White.
Marnie has also met the likes of Demi Lovato, Chance the Rapper and Larry King.
Marnie the Dog is survived by both her owner and her dog sister, Gilda, who was adopted by Braha earlier this year.
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It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly & peacefully in my home on Thursday afternoon at the age of 18. Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end. Thank you for joining me on an unexpected journey with the ultimate love of my life. All I can feel right now is loss but beneath that I have so much gratitude. I’m grateful to the universe for entrusting me with her beautiful soul and providing me with the perfect best friend and companion. Im grateful I was able to give this magical creature the fun and deeply loving life she wanted and deserved. I’m thankful I was chosen to be the conduit for Marnie to bring joy into the world. And I’m thankful for all the human and dog friends Marnie and I made along the way, and the strangers on the streets and on the internet, who have shown us so much love. Most of all, I’m amazed that the sweet little hot mess of a pup that I picked up from a shelter at age 11, who at first didn’t seem like she would be around very long at all, has managed to inspire others to adopt senior dogs. When I hear from people that Marnie has made them adopt their senior dogs it’s truly the most beautiful legacy she and I could hope to leave in this world. The night of her passing I had a dream where I watched her awake from her death like it hadn’t happened at all, and she was running around at a party completely happy and invincible. She approached a descending staircase and I wanted to interject to protect her from falling, but she sailed right down the stairs and landed on her feet and stopped and looked at me and laughed and just kept going. Maybe this was a message from her from heaven, but at minimum I can take solace knowing that for a long stretch of time, prior to her aging body taking its toll, heaven for her was right here on earth. Marnie will be buried in a pet cemetery in LA and hopefully there will be a public memorial gathering whenever safe (due to Coronavirus).