Daddy appeared over 50 times on The Dog Whisperer to bring his balanced energy to unmanageable dogs so, to celebrate the pup's life and continue to give back, the Millan Foundation has established an Emergency Animal Rescue Fund in Daddy's honor. It not only provides funding and assistance for dogs who are victims in large-scale disasters (like hurricanes or fires) but also helps those victims of "man-made disasters," such as hoarders, abuse, and puppy mills. RIP, sweet pooch!
We've seen this pooch chillin' at the airport in a fancy carrier, posing at a launch for Fancy perfume, and all around town as the doggie was a constant companion in Jessica's life, peeking out at the paparazzi. With more than 40 percent of the votes, Daisy was named this year's most missed famous furry face. RIP, lil pooch — we miss you, too!
As an animal lover, I understand that pets are important fixtures in people's lives and feel a connection with those furry faces I can recognize on sight. Some pups are known for their famous owners, while others are famous in their own right. From the pup that cheekily said "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" to past presidents and celebrities' furry friends like Socks and Loki, tell me which late pet do you miss most in 2009?And don't stop voting there — check the rest of my best of 2009 polls!
Source: Getty, Source: Guinness World Records, Source: The Daily Wag, and Source: Karen Tracy of Pazazz Chows
I've got some more sad news to announce: People Pets is reporting that the world's oldest pooch passed away on Aug. 28. The Wirehaired Dachshund named Chanel celebrated her 21st birthday — 147 in dog years! — back on May 6.
Although she suffered from cataracts, and had her eyes protected by those awesome Doggles, she was otherwise in good health and had plenty of pep according to her owners Karl and Denice Shaughnessy of Port Jefferson Station, NY. This pooch will surely be missed so check out a video from her big birthday bash earlier this year below!
Gibson's vet, Dr. Peter Walsh said:
Last week Gibson began having trouble using his back legs. X-rays showed that the cancer had spread to his spine and his lungs. Ms. Hall made the very difficult decision based on her concern and love for Gibson to have him humanely euthanized. Gibson died peacefully in the loving arms of Ms. Hall.
See a classic video of Gibson showing off his tallness and generally being cute when you read more
Monk my dog has passed on. . . . He was a warrior. He had a brain tumor and cushings disease. Miss u already buddy . . .
Named for the Jazz great, Thelonious Monk, I remember this pooch from his appearance on the Martha Stewart Show earlier this year. You know the one where she "crafted with both Q-tips." Check out the pup's scene below.
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With the passing of Gidget, I'm wondering if there will be a rush to claim a piece of her past in the form of key chains, talking toys, and t-shirts all over the Internet. Take these tees for example, the doggie-sized shirts come in three colors ($15) and commemorate the classic commercial on your own pets.
My quick search found a pretty big selection still up for grabs on eBay and, if you're interested, there are open auctions to bring the original merchandise to your house. So are you?
Arguably one of the most recognizable commercial celebripups, she's best known for a voice that's not her own. The infamous male voiceover of "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" starred none other than the female Gidget, whose huge ears and bright eyes charmed a country in the late '90s, despite the controversial ad campaign itself.
Now, sadly, PeoplePets.com reports that the 15-year-old Chihuahua suffered a stroke on Tuesday night and lives no more. Although Gidget was "mostly retired," she would still accompany her trainer, Sue Chipperton, as recently as a February "Hollywood Animals" shoot for People:
Gidget's happy to sleep for 23 hours and 45 minutes a day. She'll lay outside when it's 105 degrees. I like to joke it's like looking after a plant.
Seems like she lived a happy life right up to the end, just relaxing and hiking but her alert expression always knew where the camera was — rest in peace, little superstar!
A spokesperson for Oprah Winfrey confirmed to People Pets that one of the puppies Oprah showcased on her show, Ivan, died over the weekend. Apparently Sadie, Oprah's newly adopted cocker spaniel who the world met last week, is also being treated for the virus and “is getting stronger.”
According to veterinarians, puppies around the country are suffering from a new strain of the disease called Canine Parvovirus Type 2c. Little Sadie was exposed to Ivan before her second shot so she is being treated with "plasma from hyperimmunized healthy dogs” (as you can see from the picture Oprah shared on her show) as a precaution.
As you may already know, Parvo is a highly contagious viral illness, that can attack your pups intestines (which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite) and cardiac system (which affects heart muscles of very young puppies), and often leads to death. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old, so be sure to get all your pups vaccinations before introducing them to the outside world. Check out PetMD for details of symptoms and precautionary tips.
We know all dogs go to heaven, but we are sure little Ivan will be missed!