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Lisa Vanderpump mourns the loss of her inspiring dog, vows to honour his memory

Montage of Pomeranian Giggy dressed up to the nines dog-sad
© Lisa Vanderpump – Twitter

British restaurateur and reality TV actress Lisa Vanderpump has announced the death of her beloved dog Giggy. Ms Vanderpump intends to continue her charitable work in his memory.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 15/12/2020, 12:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Despite being diagnosed with a heart condition in 2018, Giggy the Pomeranian, lived on and was cared for admirably by his owner. According to the Mail Online, Vanderpump had even ordered a pacemaker to be made.

At the time, Vanderpump told TV network Bravo, “He spent a lot of [time] in the hospital, which was very difficult for us because he hated being left behind. But he was kind of in an incubator. He was on a heart monitor.”

Giggy’s passing

On Saturday the actress announced the death of Giggy on Twitter. The 60-year-old wrote, “We are devastated to say that our beloved Giggy passed away this morning. He was truly loved & we know many of you loved him too.”

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Vanderpump credits the arrival of Giggy as her inspiration for the inception of a life-long dedication to the welfare of dogs. 

She launched her Foundation in 2016 and her rescue center “Vanderpump Dogs” in March of 2017. 

The Vanderpump Foundation

The Los Angeles-based Vanderpump Foundation works with charities and political bodies across the globe to stop animal cruelty and the consumption of dog meat. 

Writes the Mail, the entrepreneur said of the Foundation, “I hope that will be my legacy. It's been a slow gradual awareness, but thanks to the vehicle of a reality show, and Bravo so kindly gave us the airtime, it's been wonderful.”

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