At the time of her death, Betty White’s most recent confirmed pet was Pontiac, a golden retriever often featured on White’s Instagram. In a chat with Parade, she referred to Pontiac as her “beautiful golden.” 

In a 2009 TV Guide interview, White spoke about Pontiac and her lifetime of pet ownership, sharing, “I’ve loved animals since I was in the womb. I was the lucky little girl who had parents who went for a walk and they’d come home with a dog or a cat.” Tragically, at the time of the interview, White shared that Pontiac was her only pet as “about a year” prior, she “lost” her “16-and-a-half-year-old Shih Tzu,” her “10-year-old golden,” and “11-year-old Himalayan kitty all within two months of each other.” Luckily, Pontiac was, as White put it, a “career-change guide dog” looking for a home at the time. After meeting the pup, White didn’t wait long to adopt him. “You don’t meet a golden retriever and go home to think it over!” she jokingly told the outlet.

One fan put it best in a remembrance tweet about White, “May she be forever surrounded by four-legged animals in heaven.”

Source: Nicki Swift

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