Carrie Fisher had a beloved service dog, Gary, who went everywhere with her. He attended red carpet events, film premieres, book signings, and appeared on TV talk shows with Fisher. He was with her when her heart stopped on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23., and was even at the UCLA Medical Center with her when she passed on Dec. 27.
According to TMZ, Gary will find a new home with Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. The arrangement will be a happy and familiar one to Gary, who is already best of friends with Lourd’s French bulldog, Tina.
According to a family source, Fisher always wished for Lourd to take Gary in the event that something happened to her. Billie just wants to be sure the arrangement will work well long-term, that the dogs can get along well, and that she can manage the additional responsibility. If for any reason Gary cannot stay with Billie, he will remain in the family.
4-year old Gary was Carrie’s constant companion, and was adopted as a service dog to assist Carrie with her bipolar disorder. According to the actress, she found Gary at “a very tragic pet store” in New York City.
With a permanently protruding tongue, she stated that though things may be wrong with him, he meant everything to her. He went everywhere with her, and oftentimes she gave him her seat on airplanes while she took the floor.
“Gary” has recently tweeted about the death of his mother, with tweets like “Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you” and “I was always by your side but best of all you were always by mine.”
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Recently, the Twitter account has also featured many fan photos of Fisher and Gary, along with fan-created Photoshopped images of Gary “starring” in classic shows and movies with his late mother.
Fisher’s death was a tragic shock to her fans worldwide, and a great loss to her family. Though her passing was tragic, it is important to remember that she lived her life fully, giving a wonderful life and lots of love to her service dog, Gary.
In return, Gary provided Fisher the love and the comfort she needed. It is heartwarming to know that Gary will have a loving home with his family, even if he has lost the person most precious to him.