Robin Williams Leaves Behind Family and Pug, Leonard

This has little to do with dogs, but I'm going to write about it anyway.

By | Posted: August 11, 2014, 5 p.m. PST

An icon has died today and yes, I realize we don't typically cover this type of celebrity news. But I could not help but feel compelled to write about and pay some kind of tribute to this amazing talented and unique, actor, comedian, father, husband and dog lover. 

Various new sources popped up onto my screen, reporting the same sad news that less than a mile from my own home, Robin Williams was found dead in his house in Tiburon, California. According to law enforcement reports, the 63-year-old, apparently took his own life. 

 

Robin Williams. Photo from Collider.com
 

 

This hits close to home for many reasons, the first being that I live in Tiburon as well, growing up in Marin my husband even had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times, something I will be forever jealous of.  As a kid and throughout my adulthood, I have thought there were two comedic geniuses of my lifetime: Mel Brooks and Robin Williams, but as a child of the 80's, there is no question that Robin Williams was there at nearly every part of my childhood. I have seen nearly every movie he has every been in, watched his stand-up routines and was angry when they canceled his most recent show, The Crazy Ones.  It is so sad to loose such an amazingly talented and creative individual.  

Something not everyone may know is that Robin Williams was a dog lover, or rather, had a dog that he loved and was also a supporter of dog rescue. His Pug, "Leonard Bean" who was adopted from the Curly Tail Pug Rescue in New York city was regularly featured on the comedians twitter account.

 

Robin Williams twitter

 

Robin Williams twitter

My Dinner with Leonard. #recreatetheclassics

 

"I also have a gay rescue pug called Leonard, who I take for walks because I am very secure in my sexuality. He has a boyfriend and they are planning to adopt a Siamese kitten together. We're very modern," Williams says in a interview with the Telegraph.

In an AmA Williams told reddit, "for pure loyalty, there is nothing like a Pug."

The two often donated images to rescues including a version of this one which was featured in the August calendar of Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. 

Robin Williams twitter
 

Williams also talked about Leonard in an interview of Jay Leno, check out the first minute and half of this clip.


He also included thoughts about dogs and cats in his stand-up routine. Please be aware it's for mature audiences. 


My husband and I plan to spend the evening watching his movies and remembering all the creativity, playfulness and life he brought to this world. He will be greatly missed.

 


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Tamara   Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

8/28/2014 3:15:07 PM

Robin Williams stole the scene and he stole our hearts and he helped make our documentary Unbeaten possible thanks to his love of Christopher Reeves and the Challenged Athletes
Foundation.
Robin also made it possible for us to get Jimmy Chew (aka Nanoo Nanoo) who keeps giving the RW love. Did you know that Robin Williams was in the Celebrity Pet Calendar featured on the very month he died - this month!

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BeeBeeLily   Tampa, FL

8/22/2014 7:53:00 AM

I am a big Robin Williams fan. At least we shared the talent off allowing ourselves to be adopted by dogs! I'm sure Lenny eased Robin's pain many nights. My rescue dogs BeeBee and Lily make me smile all of the time. Godspeed, Robin

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Usha   Bow, New Hampshire

8/14/2014 1:29:19 PM

I loved Robin Williams. I never knew that he had a pug named Leonard. I also am owned by a male pug,that I love to pieces. Thank you to Robin for all that he gave us in his short life. And God Bless dear Leonard. I hope he gets lots of love always.

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