Marnie The Dog Dies Aged 18, Owners Confirm
Marnie The Dog has sadly died at the age of 18, her owners confirmed this morning.
The lovable Shih Tzu went from rescue dog to an internet star after being rescued at the age of 11.
Her owners confirmed the sad news in an Instagram post early this morning.
Marnie, who was based in LA and New York, amassed 1.8m Instagram fans, more than 110,000 followers on Twitter and was the star of her own book as well as having a huge online fan base.
Her main job was to spread 'positive vibes' on the internet, thanks to her general cuteness and stuck out tongue.
The post confirming the news said: "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.
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"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.
"I'm 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."
Fans were quick to share some of their favourite clips of Marnie.
The post added that Marnie would be buried in a pet cemetery in LA and there were plans for a public memorial gathering 'whenever safe'.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/marniethedog