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Serena Williams My Dog Is Dying ... And It's Breaking My Heart (Update)

11/24/2015 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar10:58 AM PT -- More sad news ... Serena just announced her beloved Jackie has passed away. 

Williams wrote a touching note about her dog ... saying, "My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today." 

"She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go."

"With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much."

"I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. #breakingheart #bff Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever."update_grey_gray_barSerena Williams is afraid she's about to lose the "love of her life" ... her beloved dog Jackie -- her best friend for 16 years. 

Williams opened up about Jackie in an emotional video ... fighting back tears as she explained that Jackie is "struggling" with her health and it's breaking her heart. 

"I just want to share this with everyone 'cause she's getting old and she's really struggling and she means the world to me ... and she's made my life better."

If you've ever had a pet you cared about ... you can probably relate to how Serena's feeling. Sucks. 


Ariel Winter My Dog's My Plus One At Sofia's Wedding

11/21/2015 7:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1121-ariel-winter-dog-splashAriel Winter is done with men, at least for now, because she's bringing her very cute dog to Sofia Vergara's wedding.

Ariel and the samoyed pooch flew out of LAX Friday for Florida, where Sofia and Joe Manganiello will be tying the knot this weekend.

The "Modern Family" star is currently dating Laurent Gaudette ... but looks like he might've taken a back seat to the dog.

Unclear if the dog ordered the steak or the fish.

Hinder 3 Injured in Bus Crash, Dog Saved

11/19/2015 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1119-hinder-accident-twitterAlt-rockers Hinder were involved in a gnarly tour bus crash Wednesday that sent 3 from their crew to the hospital and a search and rescue out for the tour bus driver's beloved service dog, Cuzco.

The band were traveling to their gig in Charlotte, N.C. when their bus slammed into a semi-truck on a stretch of highway outside of Cookeville, TN. The band's bass player, Mike, and lighting guy, Clint, both suffered broken ribs. The tour bus driver was transferred to a Nashville hospital for surgery.

1119-subasset-hinder-dog-facebookThe band put out an APB on their Facebook page following the crash for the driver's Australian Shepherd Cuzco ... who went missing after the collision. Cuzco has since been found uninjured.

The band's show in Charlotte tonight has been cancelled.

LaDainian Tomlinson I'm The Dogfather Of The NFL ... My Pet Resort Is BOOMING

11/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LaDainian Tomlinson's career has totally gone to the dogs since he retired from the NFL ... 'cause the future Hall of Famer says he's now a first ballot pup groomer.

LT was leaving LAX when we asked about his newfound commitment to canines ... a "pet resort" he opened up in San Diego towards the tail end of his playing career.

Tomlinson proceeded to talk Lassies and Fidos like they were x's and o's ... saying his resort is frequented by TONS of NFL guys ... and that things are going so well he's thinking about expanding the business to L.A.

Bonus wisdom ... he tells all the thirsty guys out there exactly which dogs you need to get the best reaction from chicks.

See, the man can still score for you.

Paris Terror Attacks Diesel The Police Dog Killed During Raid

11/18/2015 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1118-diesel-dog-twitterA police dog trained to sniff out explosives is being hailed a hero after it was killed in Wednesday's raid on the terrorist cell linked to last Friday's Paris attacks.

Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Shepherd, met an atrocious end after the canine was reportedly blown to pieces by a suicide bomber.

The heroic pup had been sent into an apartment in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis to sniff out booby traps where the raid took place.

Word of Diesel's death spread like wildfire across social media via the hashtag #JeSuisChien, which translates to "I am a dog" ... a play on the galvanizing "Je Suis Charlie" following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

Five other officers were injured in Wednesday's raid.

RIP Diesel.

SeaWorld Toy Co. Pledges ... $1 Million to Free 'Blackfish' Star

11/13/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1112_sea_world_doc_launchSeaWorld is being thrown a golden lifesaver that could pull it out of its PR nightmare, and overhaul their Orca shows -- and Tilikum, the park's most infamous whale is at the center of the deal.

Steven Dunn -- CEO of infant and toddler toy company, Munchkin -- sent a letter to SeaWorld last month offering $1,000,000 to help fund an ocean sanctuary for the Orcas currently in captivity.

According to the letter, the plan is to build a sea pen in natural coastal waters, where the whales can have more freedom, but still be seen by visitors. But Dunn says Tilikum -- whose plight was chronicled in "Blackfish" -- is a deal breaker.  

He's concerned Tilikum, who is older and seldom seen in public anymore, would be left behind -- so Dunn specifies Tilikum be moved to the sanctuary upon completion.

SeaWorld recently announced it would end the Orca shows in 2016, and open a new "experience" in 2017. It's unclear if that has anything to do with Munchkin's offer, but the timing could be perfect.

We reached out to SeaWorld ... so far no word back.


Ex-Playmate of the Year Dog Walking Is Risky Business ... In THIS Dress!

11/11/2015 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-kennedy-summer-splash-01Kennedy Summers -- 2014's Playmate of the Year -- likes to keep things very loose and very free when she's walking the dog ... obviously.

Kennedy slipped into a red evening gown, and apparently ZERO underthings, to take her pooch out Tuesday in Hollywood. 

At least one of them got a bone after this walk.

Lindsey Vonn Ski-Daddles to Hospital After Nasty Dog Bite

11/8/2015 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsey Vonn landed herself in a hospital Saturday after she tried to wrestle a Frisbee away from her dogs Leo and Bear.

Vonn posted a video on social media of her mangled hand... but she was in good spirits, joking her belated Halloween outfit was inspired by Jimmy Fallon, who is now a kindred spirit in the hand dept.

Lindsay says she is okay to ski and it shouldn't interfere with the World Cup giant slalom in Aspen at the end of the month.



Johnny Manziel Non-Violent Car Ride With GF ... Plus, We Got a Puppy!

11/5/2015 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Things appear to be A-OKAY between Johnny Manziel and GF Colleen Crowley -- 'cause nearly one month after their roadside domestic incident, they're back in the car ... peaceful ... and with a puppy. 

With Johnny set to start at QB for the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, Johnny and Colleen had a vehicular dance party ... along with their brand new pet. 

Crowley says, "It's game day & the squads excited."

The couple just got the dog a couple of weeks ago -- after the two were involved in a spat on the side of a highway in Ohio. 

At the time, Colleen said Manziel had hit her ... but eventually stopped cooperating and told cops she did not want to press charges. Manziel was investigated by the NFL, but the results have not been released. 

Jerry Jones I Haven't Met Dez's Monkey ... But I LOOOOVE Primates!

11/3/2015 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dez Bryant has Jerry Jones' FULL SUPPORT when it comes to pet monkey ownership -- with the Cowboys owner admitting, "I am a monkey fan."

Jones appeared on 105.3 THE FAN Dallas/Ft. Worth -- and was asked if he had a chance to meet with Bryant's alleged pet monkey Dallas.

Jones says, "Missed the monkey" -- insinuating that Dez may have already gotten rid of the little guy -- but adds, "The monkey thing is pretty humorous."

Jones then launched into a story about how his father was in the "wild animal business" -- and had a minor crisis when one of the monkeys attacked a little girl and ripped her hair out. 


As for Dez's monkey -- still no word on its whereabouts. 

Dean McDermott We Think Our Dog Was Eaten Alive ... But We've Moved On

11/3/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling's thoughts about their missing dog ain't pretty, since they include visions of a very satisfied coyote licking its chops!

Mitzi -- a Maltese mix -- vanished a couple months ago, and the fam was devastated ... but we got Dean out in Bev Hills today, and it sounds like the mourning period is over.

Dean was pretty nonchalant about Mitzi's fate, but explained how they've all worked through the pain. Hint: Buy in bulk!



Mickey Rourke Don't Eat Dogs! Mine Saved My Life

11/2/2015 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

102_mickey_with_Beau-JackMickey Rourke was seconds away from putting a bullet in his head, until one of his Chihuahuas gave him a look that melted his heart and made him put the gun down.

Rourke told the emotional story while attending the premiere of "Eating Happiness" -- a documentary about dog meat consumption in Asia. Mickey told reporters on Sunday night, "I was hurting myself and I was sitting in the closet one day. I couldn’t take it anymore and picked up a gun.”

He said, “I was deciding what part of my head to put it on and my dog, Beau Jack, looked over and he looked up at me like this and … he said [with his eyes], ‘Who’s going to look after me?"

Mickey added, "It made me put the gun down. I was ready to go.”

Page Six first reported Mickey's comments. He didn't mention the date of his suicide attempt, but it's been several years since we know Beau Jack died in 2002.

Mickey told the heart-wrenching story once before ... to Barbara Walters in 2009.

Dez Bryant Cops Aware of 'Alleged Illegal Possession' Of Monkey

11/2/2015 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1102-dez-bryant-monkey-instagram-4The Dez Bryant pet monkey saga has reached new heights -- with Dez's personal attorney reaching out to cops in an effort to avoid a criminal investigation. 

As we previously reported, animal rights groups went bananas after Dez posted a pic with a domesticated Capuchin monkey which he named Dallas Bryant ... a monkey that appeared to be his new pet. 

Now, officials in DeSoto, TX -- where Dez is believed to reside -- tell TMZ Sports they have been made aware of the "alleged illegal possession" of the monkey within city limits. 

In fact, the DeSoto PD has issued a statement saying, "The City Attorney was just contacted by Mr. Bryants’ personal attorney who advised the monkey is NOT in the City of DeSoto."

"The DeSoto Police Department is in contact with the City Attorney, the Dallas Cowboys organization, and Mr. Bryants’ personal attorney, regarding this matter. We have also been in contact with PETA and the North America Primate Sanctuary Alliance in an effort to address their concerns."

"It should be noted, that as of this date, the DeSoto Police Department has no evidence that the Capuchin monkey is in the City Of DeSoto."

"Although photos were posted on social media sites, this does not rise to the level of probable cause necessary to secure an administrative search warrant to seize the monkey."

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