'World’s cutest dog' with over 16 Mn Facebook followers dies of a 'broken heart'

World Sunday 20/January/2019 13:07 PM
By: Times News Service
'World’s cutest dog' with over 16 Mn Facebook followers dies of a 'broken heart'

Muscat: Boo — a 12-year-old Pomeranian — often called as the world’s cutest dog has died, his owners confirmed on Saturday.
With a following of 16.6 million people on Facebook, and about 51,221 followers on Instagram, Boo was one of the most popular dogs on social media.
The 12-year-old Pomeranian who became an internet sensation due to his adorable features, playful personality and signature short haircut, died in his sleep early Saturday morning. The dog passed away roughly one year after his ‘elder brother’ and best friend, Buddy, another Pomeranian, died at the age of 14. According to his handlers, Buddy’s death hit Boo really hard, and he began to develop heart problems soon after Buddy passed away.
“With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy,” revealed his owners. “Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time.
“I brought Boo home in the spring of 2006 and so started the greatest, most heart-warming friendship of all time,” said Boo’s owner. “Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven.”
Boo’s quirky, funny, sassy posts on his official Facebook page brought plenty of joy and happiness to people all around the world.
Boo and Buddy also used their status an internet celebrity dogs to raise funds for many causes, including several children’s hospitals, and for organisations that provided aid to people in underdeveloped countries.
“Since starting Boo’s FB page, I’ve received so many notes over the years from people sharing stories of how Boo brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times,” added Boo’s owners, who have always elected to be anonymous and put the little dogs at the forefront of their social media presence. “And that was really the purpose of all this...Boo brought joy to people all over the world. Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality.
“Over the years Boo met some super cool people, a lot of crazy talented people, but most of all so many kind people...friends who gave him endless love, people who prioritized his comfort over getting that perfect picture, partners who understood that Buddy ALWAYS had to be included, and last but definitely not least, the amazing doctors, therapists, and staff at Adobe Animal Hospital and Sage Veterinary Centers for the countless hours of care and dedication they poured into Buddy and Boo,” they added.
“Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go. Thank you to all of you for following along on their silly adventures over the past 10 years. They sure had a LOT of fun,” the owners added.