Rescued from the streets of Connecticut in 2012 – Marnie the Shih Tzu is now one of the most popular dogs on Instagram having won over 998,000 followers as well as a number of high profile celebrity friends.
Originally known as ‘Stinky’ – Marnie was found by Animal Control in a bit of a state. The 12 year old pup had matted fur, a mouth full of rotten teeth, drooping tongue and was blind in her left eye.
She was also found to have an unusual head tilt which vets believe may be a result of suffering briefly from Vestibular Syndrome – a condition which affects animals’ sense of balance.
Despite her unconventional looks – Marnie was adopted by MTV producer Shirley Braha and quickly became an internet celebri-dog after Shirley began sharing pictures of her on various social media platforms.
Marnie has now rubbed shoulders with the likes of Betty White, Jason Schwartzman, Tina Fey, James Franco, Lena Dunham, Jonah Hill, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. The cute canine even attended the 2015 Grammy Awards where she met singers Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith.
Although she had a difficult start to life, Marnie is reportedly always in good spirits and only gets anxious when left alone for too long. She is also now able to see again out of her left eye. Shirley hopes Marnie’s story will inspire others to adopt older dogs:
“Senior rescue dogs are known for being especially grateful and loyal to their new owners for giving them a second chance on life, and Marnie lives every day exemplifying this joy and gratitude.”