Marnie the Dog

If you know me, you know I love Marnie the Dog. I love dogs regardless, I believe I have made that pretty clear, but this one dog in particular epitomizes everything I believe is good about dogs and the world in general.

You’ve probably seen her on the Internet but never realized who she was, she’s usually floating around on Twitter, but if you haven’t seen her, here is a picture:

Marnie is a fifteen-year-old Shih Tzu living happily in NYC. She’s adorable, she’s funny, she’s “famis” (as she calls herself,) and she’s Internet’s most beloved dog. I wish I could recall the day I stumbled upon her, most likely the day that changed my life, but I don’t. I do, however, remember the picture I first saw.

I have to admit– this picture changed who I am as a person. I honestly didn’t even know that dogs could be Internet famous, but of course I was proven wrong when I found Marnie, or Marn Marn as she calls herself. Naturally, I decided to look up her backstory, and like most people, became instantly hooked.

Marnie was found on the streets of Connecticut when she was ten, and was taken to a shelter where they named her Stinky because of her smell. Marnie was a senior rescue dog and wasn’t adopted by her current owner, Shirley Braha, until she was eleven. Marnie had fourteen of her teeth extracted because they were decayed, but still manages to put on a smile. Her most notable features include her constant left head tilt, and her tongue. Marnie’s head is always tilted to the side because of a disease called vestibular syndrome, in which dogs experience stroke-like symptoms, but recovery quickly and usually end up with a head tilt. As for her tongue, Marnie simply has an extremely long tongue for a dog, and thus she always has it sticking out.

Marnie’s favorite activities are eating snacks, posing for pictures, and sleeping. Her owner says that Marnie absolutely hates being left alone and usually will suffer from extreme anxiety if this occurs, so she takes Marnie with her everywhere. And I do mean everywhere.

She’s been to France, as the first picture shows. She’s met a plethora of famous people: 

She’s well-desired by both humans and animals alike:

Marnie with Doug the Pug

She’s socially aware:

She’s overall just a really happy dog, and a gift to the world. If you go on her Twitter or her Instagram, you’ll understand. Her captions are made up by her owner, obviously, but they remain hilarious. The best part is that her owner stays out of the posts as much as possible, giving into the illusion that Marnie is really the one writing all the posts, though we know she clearly isn’t. Her personality, however, shines through and makes everyone smile. I’ve been following Marnie for about three years now and have retweeted every picture she has put on (I’m serious, if you don’t believe me go look).

I advise that if you’re ever feeling sad or just need a quick smile, visit Marnie’s social media. She is truly a treasure to this world.


2 thoughts on “Marnie the Dog

  1. This is the first time I have heard of Marnie, and I cannot deny that she is super cute. The tongue and head to the side gives her a distinct and adorable look.

  2. Is it bad that I’ve never heard of Marnie the Dog? Believe me though, I follow my fair share of dog instagrams — three of them, in fact — most of which are for my neighborhood friends who have the cutest puppies in the world. I definitely loved reading about Marnie though; she’s a fascinating dog, and it’s great to see her taking a stand on social issues that matter. Thanks for the information on Marnie, I certainly know where to find happiness next time I’m having a day as miserable as yesterday.

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