Gary Fisher, the French bulldog, mourns his mother, Carrie Fisher & grandmother, Debbie Reynolds

Updated Dec. 28 below with news of the death of Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mother and by extension, Gary the dog’s grandmother.


Gary Fisher is quite possibly the world’s most famous French bulldog. And today, he’s the recipient of an outpouring of love from around the world.

Gary Fisher, you see, is the beloved fur-baby of Carrie Fisher. Or, as he puts it on his Instagram account.

“You may know my brilliant mom, Princess Leia?”

The actor, author and screenwriter, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack mid-flight on Friday.

Best known for her Star Wars role, Fisher had struggled with mental illness, specifically, bipolar disorder, and adopted Gary as a therapy dog. She took him — and his ubiquitous tongue hanging out — on book tours, movie premieres and vacation. Basically, she took her little Frenchie everywhere.

According to publications including People magazine and TMZ, Gary was aboard the plane last week when Fisher fell ill between London and Los Angeles. The dog was seen at the hospital later, and posted on Instagram and Twitter.


“Thanks everyone for all the follows, I love my mom and my FANS 🐶❤”

Now, more than 2,000 people have posted their condolences for his loss.

Just one week ago, he posted this photo from the last day on the set of Catastrophe.

Last day on the set of #Catastrophe 🐶 #garyworkswithhismom #garyfisher #garyloveshismom #garyinlondon2016

A photo posted by Gary Fisher (@garyfisher) on

And a month ago, this was taken on their book tour for The Princess Diarist.

And, here he is on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

It’s impossible to know what animals understand about loss. Or why their owners are suddenly gone.

But Gary loved Carrie. And, this is true love captured perfectly. It was taken on Mother’s Day this year.

Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom ever 🐶❤️😍😘 #garyfisher #garyinlondon2016 #garyloveshismom

A photo posted by Gary Fisher (@garyfisher) on

But we’ll leave you with a reason to smile. Look. At. His. Tongue.

At the museum with my mom 🐶❤️ #garyfisher #garyinlondon2016 #garytravelstheworld #victoriaandalbertmuseum

A photo posted by Gary Fisher (@garyfisher) on

And, then the unimaginable happened on Wednesday. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died ostensibly of a broken heart.

Reynolds, beloved for her role in Singin’ in the Rain, was taken to hospital in Los Angeles where she died, according to her son, Todd Fisher, who told multiple media outlets she suffered a stroke while discussing funeral plans for

“I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,” Todd Fisher told TMZ.

Only Tuesday did a grieving Reynolds post on Facebook about her daughter’s death.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” she wrote. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”

Debbie Reynolds posted this photo in October, 2015 with a message to Carrie Fisher. "Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter."/Facebook
Debbie Reynolds posted this photo in October, 2015 with a message to Carrie Fisher. “Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter.”/Facebook

Gary the dog posted his disbelief at the double loss on Twitter, though it’s unclear who is managing the account.

But leave it to a dog to find some light in the dark.

Here is Gary with Carrie and Debbie.


Reynolds was 84. She is survived by her son, Todd and granddaughter, Billie Lourd, who is now caring for Gary.

Photos Gary Fisher/Instagram

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