The actor's dog, Gus, was steadfastly by Fox's side through all his health troubles
It's impossible to forget the impact our dogs have on our lives. While we are all well aware, that our furry pals are with us for a limited period of time, when they do eventually cross the rainbow bridge, they leave behind a lifetime worth of memories for us to cherish in their absence. Therefore, it is no different when a celebrity loses their pet pooch. Back to the Future actor Michael J Fox's dog Gus had been with him through his arduous battle with Parkinson's disease, and through the rest of his difficult and beautiful moments.
The actor had to sadly say goodbye to Gus recently as the "wonder dog" passed away peacefully in his sleep. Fox described his beloved pooch as a constant source of support. He claimed that he wasn't the one who rescued Gus, and rather it was the pup who saved him instead. Gus was a Great Dane mix and 12-years-old when he died. There were several years of sheer happiness and laughter where Gus and his dad made several memories together.
Fox went on to say that Gus would always sense when he wasn't feeling his best. He'd always be there to comfort him in every way possible during such times. When he struggled with Parkinson's disease, his physical and speech-related activities had declined, it was Gus who was an irreplaceable companion when he needed one the most. "You know that no matter your situation, no matter what you feel, this animal is with you and is connected to you, and you feel, it’s a force multiplier," Fox said. Furthermore, Fox had mentioned Gus in his 2020 memoir titled No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. Pages 220 to 222 in particular truly highlight just how much of a positive impact the dog has had on him.
Michael J. Fox Mourns the Death of His 'Great Dog and Loyal Friend' Gus: 'We'll Miss You' https://t.co/jmSoe5Zh6B— People (@people) April 13, 2021
Gus was termed by his dad as a "wonder dog" who was a constant support and a loved one in his life, amidst all Fox's health troubles. "Your instinct when you have a chronic illness is to sometimes isolate and make your world as small as possible so you don’t have much to deal with, but a dog will open you up," said Fox. PEOPLE reports that when Fox was hospitalized for surgery in 2018 to remove a tumor from his spine, he had to relearn how to walk again. And Gus was there by his side. He told CBS News' Lee Cowan, "He kind of circles the wheelchair with this low kind of woof woof, woof woof, and sat in front of the wheelchair right in front of me, and looked at me, and I said, 'It's going to be okay.'"
It was a tearful moment on April 12, 2021, when Fox announced that Gus had died at the ripe old age of 12. It was actually quite a huge number for a Great Dane, so for Fox, it is bittersweet. The actor took to Instagram and paid tribute to his late dog via a story. He went on the then post a series of photos where he and Gus relive their finest moments together. The images range from their visit to the beach to their fun times in the yard, and there's even a picture of Gus reading Fox's book. When the star revealed the news in a post, several other celebrities, including Julianne Moore also shared their condolences.