Celebrity Sensation Marnie The Dog Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
It’s a sad time for the family and fans of beloved Marnie The Dog, as she’s crossed the rainbow bridge at 18 years old.

Marnie The Dog passed away this week, and her human Shirley Braha posted the sad news on her Instagram account yesterday.

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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).

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Mar 7, 2020 at 12:33pm PST

Telling all of us who loved the senior Shih Tzu that she passed away peacefully and painlessly in her home on Thursday, Braha shared that Marnie let her know that she was ready.

Marnie became an Insta Darling, earning her fame because she was just as cute as she could be. She had soulful and expressive eyes, a cocked head and a drooping tongue that fans couldn’t get enough of.

She was an author…

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Shhh I'm reading (link in bio!)

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:32pm PDT

And a celeb favorite…

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Me & black jack

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Jul 31, 2017 at 10:36am PDT

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Me & Neil Patrick Harris on teevee! Grateful to support senior dog adoption with @cnnheroes @muttvillesf @nph @andersoncooper & @kellyripa

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Dec 16, 2016 at 11:19am PST

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Me & kelly ripa & Anderson cooper from not fake news cnn @cnnheroes

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Feb 16, 2017 at 12:47pm PST

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Me & jimmy kibble

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Jul 27, 2017 at 8:07pm PDT

She bridged the gap between interspecies relationships….

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Me & coffee (not coffee that u drink coffee da cat) @white_coffee_cat_

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Jun 26, 2017 at 10:46am PDT

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Let's make some crumbs in bed

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Oct 2, 2017 at 6:43pm PDT

And recently, she’d just become a proud ‘big sister’ to a sweet senior rescue, Gilda.

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Met this lovely senior gal in a nearby shelter and Marnie has a sister now!! Please welcome little miss Gilda to the family!!! We are so blessed to have you

A post shared by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Feb 25, 2020 at 1:16pm PST

The post sharing Marnie’s passing included Braha’s gratitude for being able to share Marnie with the world, and to bring so much joy into so many lives with her antics. She said she couldn’t believe that the ‘hot mess of a pup,’ she adopted from the shelter when Marnie was 11-years-old ended up inspiring so many others to adopt senior dogs as well.

There weren’t too many grand expectations that Marnie would live as long as she did, and the post shared how inspirational Marnie’s legacy was in this world, as she encouraged others to adopt senior dogs as well.

Rest in peace, sweet Marnie, and thank you for showing the world how amazing special needs and senior dogs are!

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