The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Robin Williams, Known for His Big Heart, Rescued a Pug Who He Re-Christened Leonard, in 2010 The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Robin Williams, Known for His Big Heart, Rescued a Pug Who He Re-Christened Leonard, in 2010

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams, Known for His Big Heart, Rescued a Pug Who He Re-Christened Leonard, in 2010


Something not everyone may know is that Robin Williams was an animal lover.

Lovely, sweet and kind are just some of the adjectives friends have used to describe the incomparable Robin Williams. And, if they could find the words, it's likely his furry friends would describe the late actor in much the same way.

Williams's Instagram feed is filled with adorable shots of him kicking back with many an animal friend, including his road dog Verna Pearl, whose unexpected passing last year left him deeply saddened.

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Happiness overruled though when the dog lover was in the company of the canine kind – like that time Verna Pearl bared her cleavage at the The Crazy Ones premiere.






Here are more adorable moments:

"Good to be back at work," Williams wrote of this Instagram pic of himself and Verna Pearl catching some Zzz's on a couch.

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The cutest costar Williams ever had? It's quite possibly this baby duck that he held in his hands on the set of The Crazy Ones.

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He even made monkeys smile! Crystal the capuchin says cheese as she sits in the lap of the comedian, who reprised his role of Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, due later this year.

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A horse photobombed this sweet shot Williams took for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a 6-year-old cancer patient, Darcy, whom he described as "lovely."

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"Miss Verna Pearl watching me shoot promos," Williams wrote of this Instagram shot of the dog lending a paw on the set of The Crazy Ones.

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Bone appétit! Williams does his best impression of dog Leonard, his BFF and dinner date.

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In the second-to-last photo he posted on Instagram, Williams reunited with a familiar face, writing, "Happy Birthday to me! A visit from one of my favorite leading ladies, Crystal."

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"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.

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



Robin Williams is one of the most well known funny men in the world and has an impressive and varied career spanning more than 30 years. He soared to stardom with hilarious and iconic roles like Mrs.Doubtfire and Jumanji, then proved his acting chops with roles in Good Will Hunting and Insomnia. More recently you can see him in the Night at the Museum films and his new TV show The Crazy Ones with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

While being well known for his funny side, Robin Williams is also known for his big heart and in 2010 he opened his heart to a rescue pug who he rechristened Leonard.

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Leonard, originally called Flannery, was born in to care at Curly Tail Pug Rescue Home and was the only survivor of a litter of pups born to his mum, Clementine, who was rescued from an awful puppy mill. Leonard was not a healthy pup at his birth and required constant care for the first two months of his life, which the rescue happily provided, nursing him to full health.

Leonard grew in to a happy, loveable, playful puppy and Robin worked with the rescue centre for months in order to secure his adoption of little Leonard and eventually gave him a forever home in March 2010. What an awesome ending for an awesome little pug; I don’t think any dog could wish for a more caring and fun-loving home. Robin seems besotted by Leonard, frequently posting photos of him on Twitter and Instagram. He even takes him on the set of his new show.

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