It’s a sad day for animals and people alike as the iconic actress, Betty White, has died at the age of 99, three weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
Known as much for her comedy and acting, as her activism, White was a known animal lover from childhood. In a piece from The Daily Beast talking about the star’s death, they turned to her youth and how even when there wasn’t enough money for a meal for the family, their dogs would always have food.
And not only that, but even her father was an avid dog lover, who would often barter a “radio for a dog.”
At one point during Betty White‘s career, her love of animals led to a special showcase where her celebrity friends would get to show off their own animals to fans. And while the show only last for a single season, it was a joy for the actress anyway. The series was called The Pet Set, and she explained, “I was like a kid in a candy store. I’d get one of my celebrity friends to come on and bring her animal, and then I’d write the rest of the show around that celebrity’s interest in animals.”
Animal lover Betty White has died at 99
Even in a statement to People Magazine, her friend and agent Jeff Witjas, told the magazine, “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.”
While many may think of her comedy and acting work when it comes to Betty White’s legacy (and so will we), we are also sad to see a legend who was as dedicated to animals and dogs as White leave this world. It is hard to say goodbye to this iconic woman who has been with so many of us for so long, especially knowing the impact she has had on the world around her.
It is a sad way to end 2021 and as her agent said, it is even sadder for the animals she loved.
All we can say is “thank you for being our friend,” Betty.