The Internet’s Favorite Shih Tzu, Marnie The Dog, Dies At 18

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Marnie, the internet’s beloved Instagram Shih Tzu, has died at the age of 18, reports E! News.

On Saturday afternoon Marnie’s owner, Shirley Braha, shared the devastating news on the official Marnie the Dog Instagram page. She said that the Shih Tzu had passed away painlessly and peacefully on Thursday afternoon. Braha added that the dog died in her home. It sounds like she had a veterinarian come to her home to put the dog to sleep so that she could be in the comfort of her long-time home in her final moments.

Braha wrote that Marnie’s health and comfort had been on a steady decline for a little while now, with not much hope for improvement. Eventually, it got to a point where it seemed Marnie was struggling to do much at all and she let Braha know when “she had had enough.”

“She enjoyed her chicken until the very end,” wrote Braha.

Braha went on to thank Marnie’s numerous fans and supporters. She said Marnie would be buried in a pet cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

“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.”

She wrapped up her caption by saying she would like to hold a public memorial for Marnie but is not sure when that would be. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Braha wants to play it safe and wait until things die down before orchestrating a crowded event.

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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).

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According to E! News, Braha adopted Marnie from a shelter back in 2012 when she was 11 years old. Marnie’s popularity encouraged lots of pet owners to adopt senior dogs.

In her photo caption, Braha said that increased adoptions, especially of older dogs who often get neglected, “is the most beautiful legacy [Marnie] and I could hope to leave in this world.”

One reason the Shih Tzu became so famous online is thanks to her adorable tilted head and lolling tongue. Over the years, Marnie’s Instagram page accumulated more than 1.8 million followers.

The person who runs the official Doug the Pug account, commented, “We are so sorry. Marnie was so special and brought so much love to the world. Thank you for sharing her with us.”

Per an older article from Pop Sugar, Marnie the Dog was loved by numerous celebrities, including Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Jonah Hill, Laverne Cox, Usher, Betty White, Kat Dennings, and many more.

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