Carrie Fisher was obviously a pop culture icon, but one of her most important roles off-screen was as a mental health advocate. Fisher maintained an open, honest, and public dialogue about her bipolar disorder, and her emotional support dog—Gary the Frenchie—became the (very sweet) face of therapy animals in Hollywood.
Fisher and Gary were inseparable during their four years together: he walked red carpets, appeared on talk shows (he famously fell asleep on Good Morning America), and even helped her sign autographs. “Gary is like my heart,” Fisher told the Herald Tribune in 2013. “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”
Gary became so well-known, he actually inspired fan accounts of his own. When Fisher went into the hospital on Thursday, one of his most prominent Twitter fan accounts, @Gary_TheDog, posted this heartbreaking message:
Although, sadly, Fisher will not be coming home to Gary, he will be in her next-best hands. Per Fisher’s wishes, her daughter, Billie Lourde, will assume custody of Gary.
In memorium of their very special and inspiring relationship, here are some of the sweetest snaps of Carrie and Gary from the pup's official Instagram:
The whole world is mourning your loss, Gary.
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