Over the last several years, wherever you found Carrie Fisher, you could find Gary.
Gary was Fisher’s French bulldog, a therapy dog who helped her cope with her bipolar disorder. “Gary is like my heart. Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down,” Fisher told the Herald-Tribune in 2013. “He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”
When the actress died Tuesday at age 60 after suffering a heart attack on a plane, fans naturally wondered what would become of Gary. TMZ reported that Gary was on the plane with her and that Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, brought the dog to go visit Fisher at the hospital. After news of her death spread, Gary’s Twitter account weighed in with a heartbreaking tweet:
Gary traveled with Fisher everywhere, from interviews to press events to red carpets. With his adorably stoic expression and protruding tongue, Gary is a dog made for social media; he has nearly 67,000 Instagram followers and 34,000 Twitter followers.
Fisher acquired Gary about four years ago, at a “very tragic pet store” in New York City, the actress told NPR: “He looks like he was from like a puppy mill . . . everything is sort of wrong with him.”
He became an Internet sensation, especially after appearing on “Good Morning America” last December; he sat as Fisher had a hilarious interview with co-anchor Amy Robach, who couldn’t stop laughing. “This is Gary, and he’s very, very famous on Twitter,” Fisher boasted, adding that Gary was one of a few who had seen an early screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Gary, who looked tremendously bored during the whole interview, soon fell asleep in his chair.
Gary popped up repeatedly on the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” press tour. Then he came to the White House correspondents’ dinner; he also made an appearance on the Cannes red carpet. He was at the Telluride Film Festival when Fisher introduced her new documentary, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds,” about Fisher and her mother.
On Tuesday, as tributes to Fisher rolled in from around the world, PETA released a statement and gave a shout-out to Gary.
We at PETA join the world in mourning the loss of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher. She may be best remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia, but we fondly remember her for her devotion to her dog, Gary. An unabashed dog defender and PETA supporter, she called Gary her “heart” and took him everywhere, including to red carpet events, on her “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”press tour, and on a recent book-signing tour for her memoir, “The Princess Diarist” . . . Fisher will always be remembered for her phenomenal talent, passion, honesty, love for dogs, and dedication to helping others.