Lisa Vanderpump announced via her instagram account that her beloved Pomeranian pooch Giggy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday morning, Saturday, December 12, 2020. She and Ken Todd are devastated by their loss.
“We are devastated to say that our beloved Giggy has passed away this morning,” reads her Instagram post. “He was truly loved, and we know how many of you loved him too. Our sweet Gigolo was such an incredible, unique dog, but mainly, because of him, we started The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and embarked on our mission to save as many dogs as possible. He inspired us to start our work in rescue, and for that we will always be grateful. Giggy’s legacy will live on, through every dog @vanderpumpdogs saves. Thank you all for your support. Rest In Peace Giggy, we love you. – Ken & Lisa”
A follow-up instagram post features the pet remembrance poem “I Love You Best” by Jim Willis.
The cause of Giggy’s death was not revealed. According to reports, the beloved pooch had some medical issues back in January 2018 and he spent some time at a pet hospital for good part of that year.
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, founded in 2016, is a 501c3 dog rescue organization, working on both domestic and international fronts to help create a better world for dogs.
It was formed after Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd become aware of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and they witnessed the horrific images of slaughter and abuse that the dogs in Yulin face. The founders began the long journey towards trying to stop the barbaric torture practices in Yulin and end the dog meat trade in Asia. Together with their partner Dr. John Sessa, they launched the campaign Stop Yulin Forever. The movement gained momentum and has inspired activists all over the world to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and encourage more humane treatment for dogs worldwide.
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation not only aids in ending this international atrocity, but to also better the lives of dogs domestically. The United States faces many problems of its own including dog overpopulation, abuse, neglect and lack of education with regards to spaying and neutering pets. The Foundation is built on a platform of education, legislation, and activism.
To learn more, visit: https://www.vanderpumpdogs.org/.