Hi, my name is Marnie! Most of you probably recognize me because I’m a social media star! Sadly, I’m no longer living on this Earth, but I know that my story can still make a difference. I passed away just over a week ago, so Mabel thought it would be a great idea for me to talk about my incredible journey.
I don’t remember much about my early days, but when I was 10 years old, I was found as a stray. I had just been wandering the streets of Connecticut with no place to call home. Apparently, I was very matted and very smelly at the time!
Animal Control found me and brought me to a shelter where they had the nerve to name me Stinky! It kind of hurt my feelings, but I couldn’t do anything about it. Luckily, by the time I turned 11, I found my forever family! My new mom was hesitant at first because of my age, but I’m so glad she decided to adopt me!
My mom renamed me Marnie, and it fit me much better. She found out that I was so stinky because I had 14 decaying teeth! Once those teeth were extracted, I felt much better. My mom said I smelled much better too!
You might notice that my tongue sticks out and my head is always tilted, but that’s just part of my look! The vets think the head tilt is the result of a brief illness I once had called Vestibular Syndrome. However, the tongue thing is just because my tongue is too long to fit in my mouth! I might look silly to some, but I think I’m beautiful!
Once I got used to my new home, I became a very social dog. I soon became more comfortable in my new surroundings, and I loved spending time with my mom! She took me on so many fun adventures, and she documented my travels on social media.
Before I knew it, I was a social media star! Everyone loved my photos and videos on Instagram, and soon everyone wanted to meet me. I ended up with 1.8 million followers and I got to meet lots of famous people! The internet fell in love with me!
However, the best part of being famous was not all the attention. The best part was that I got to change the world! I was proof that adopting a senior dog was a great thing to do. So, many of my fans went out and adopted a senior dog because of me! My journey helped save the lives of so many dogs.
I had so many great journeys and adventures throughout my life, and it was all thanks to my amazing mom! Even as my health slowly started to decline, she was right by my side every step of the way. When I passed away, I was 18 years old. So, even though I was sad to leave my wonderful family, I was grateful that they’d given me the life I’d always dreamed of.
If my mom hadn’t adopted me, who knows what would’ve happened to me? She knew I was older than most of the other dogs, but she still took a chance on me. She made me the happiest dog in the world, and I will never forget the moment she brought me home.
Adopting a dog truly does change their life for the better. If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, please adopt a dog in my honor. Take the time to meet as many dogs as possibly, especially the old ones. The perfect dog could be the one you least expect.
If you have a rescue dog with a story to share, please contact Mabel to get their story featured on her blog just like my story. Every rescue story is a good story, no matter how simple or complex it may be. Please help us encourage dog lovers to adopt!
Images from @marniethedog/Instagram