Lucky Diamond was an extremely popular dog. Celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Kristen Stewart, and Betty White have all had their pictures taken with the 15-year-old Maltese, and in 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records officially named the dog the “the animal photographed with the most famous people.” Sadly, Lucky passed away today in her dog bed in New York City.
Lucky Diamond wasn’t all about glitz and glamour. The dog, who was adopted by Wendy Diamond in 1999, was the focus of several charity events by the Humane Society encouraging people to adopt pets and raising awareness about animal abuse. Lucky was also Wendy’s “wingdog” as she started Animal Fair Media.
According to the NY Daily News, Lucky’s last appearance was at the American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life” event.
Wendy Diamond, who wrote a book called “Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog.” about he friendship with Lucky, said:
“We are sad to announce that our beloved pet icon Lucky Diamond – the inspiration behind Animal Fair has passed away…. After witnessing Lucky’s brave fight with canine cancer, I will increase awareness for animal cancer and help bring permanent homes to the 5 million animals that are still euthanized each year, in Lucky’s honor…. She made me realize how lucky I am no matter what transpired in my life. I’m beyond grateful for the outpouring of generosity and support from friends and strangers who know exactly how much Lucky meant to me and how she inspired me everyday.”
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Lucky was photographed with 363 celebrities, more than any other dog on the planet.
Wendy Diamond said that she has adopted a new dog that will continue Lucky’s work. Wendy said:
“Lucky’s life and her legacy of saving the underdog will be celebrated and her mission continued.”