“We had to say goodbye…” Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have heartbreaking news
Television host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi are saying goodbye to their beloved dog Wolf, who’s been with Ellen for over a decade.
“Last night we had to say goodbye to our dog Wolf,” the 62-year-old wrote on social media, alongside a photograph of herself and wife Portia de Rossi posing with Wolf on their wedding day, back in 2008.
“He brought us so much love and joy. I hope we did the same for him,” DeGeneres added of the beloved poodle-Maltese mix.
The couple also shares dogs Kid, Augie, and Mrs. Wallis Browning, who they rescued last year, as well as three cats.
Wolf made his television debut in a throwback episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Bringing the young dog with her onstage, DeGeneres introduced her audience to Wolf, calling him the “cutest” in the world.
“I like him a lot,” she added, urging the audience not to be too loud, as she wasn’t sure how the young pup would handle all of the noise.
Speaking with PEOPLE in 2009, DeGeneres said that Wolf was “a rescue off of the street.”
“He was being mistreated,” she said at the time. “Wolf was in pretty bad shape. He was tiny … he was [malnourished], he couldn’t stand up. His back legs couldn’t support him because he had never been put down.”
“But he’s just the craziest, sweetest dog now. Just a love!” she added, calling him “needy for love from anybody.”
A 2017 Facebook post from DeGeneres’ lifestyle brand showed Wolf sitting in a stroller while making a trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. ‘Ellen DeGeneres’s dog Wolf is getting old. He doesn’t walk so well,” the post read.