When you’re royalty, people pay attention.
Also, when there’s a new Star Wars trailer out. People pay attention to that, too.
Not so long ago, in this galaxy, both of those conditions aligned for Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary. The orphan pup brought tears to the eyes of more than 140,000 followers on Instagram, and countless others, as he watched the late Fisher’s final appearance as Princess Leia Organa Solo in a preview for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“Just watched the new trailer of The Last Jedi and my mom looks more beautiful than ever,” the photo was captioned.
And if that doesn’t have your eyes welling up, the rest of the story certainly will.
According to Lad Bible, Fisher’s death on December 27, 2016, was initially attributed to cardiac arrest but later found to be prompted by sleep apnea and arterial build-up. Gary’s sadness following her death was tweeted to the world the same day.
“Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher,” the post from @gary_TheDog read.
Since then, Gary has continued to “post” to Instagram and Twitter, always thinking of his human mother. The pair were inseparable in life and shared a bond that can’t be broken.
Fisher has gone on record as saying Gary was her service dog and helped her cope with bipolar disorder.
“Gary is mental also,” Fisher told the Herald Tribune in 2013. “My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart. Gary is very devoted to me, and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”
Ladbible maintains that Gary is being cared for by either Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who owns a French bulldog of her own named Tina, or Fisher’s assistant, Corby McCoin. Perhaps only Gary knows for sure.
Fans of Fisher can catch her final appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, but those looking for more fun should read on.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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