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A place to update and discuss facts surrounding the controversial, tragic death of legendary Hollywood film actress, wife and mother, Natalie Wood who drowned mysteriously Nov. 29, 1981 off Catalina Island. Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Natalie was an avid pet lover, cats and dogs always shared her life with her. Of course her dogs loved her in that unconditional way dogs do, and maybe that was something Natalie really appreciated in her hectic life, but Natalie loved her dogs right back. She babied them, she played with them, and she talked about them almost as much as she talked about her own daughters.

I understand how she felt. I had a little Miniature Daschund for 17 years, a female named Fritzy, and Fritzy always kept me company until wee hours in the morning while writing GNGS. She rarely left my side. When I'd turn off the computer and the closing music played, she'd jump up and wag her tail.

It's almost 3 years now, since she's been gone. She died the day GNGS hit the Barnes and Noble bookshelves. When I knew she was close to her time, I wanted her to be comfortable and die at home, but if I saw any pain, then I would take her in to be put to sleep immediately. I witnessed no pain until the morning of Aug 29th. She yelped out, seemingly at invisible things (angels?) coming to get her. I didn't know if she was just scared or if it was a pain yelp, but I woke Bob up and said, "We're taking her right now."

I held her on the way to the vet as Bob drove. She seemed pleased I didn't leave her home alone on this journey that she had no clue of its purpose, because she began wagging her tail as if to say, "thanks for not leaving me." Then she died in my arms. Bob and I pulled over and cried our eyes out. I buried her near where she always used to lay in a spot of sun. I still miss her so much.

Anyone who has ever loved a pet understands, but pets become as equally attached to us as we do to them. I remember asking Dennis a long time ago how Natalie's pets reacted to her absence. He said they had probably gotten used to her absence while she'd been away filming Brainstorm, but that Natalie's daughters had found such comfort in the pets while they grieved. He said one of Natalie's dogs always kept looking up the stairs toward her bedroom. 


  1. I have three dogs all getting older and I know the feeling. I can't imagine what they'd do without me or what I'll do without them. I make sure I enjoy them. I love the way Nat always worshipped her pets. It takes a petlover to understand how close one can become with a dog, and for those who don't understand, you don't know what you're missing. So sorry about Fritzie but 17 years is a long time, and how wonderful for that.

  2. Lana told me that Natalie favorite dog was her Australian Shepherd she had, her name was Penny she was a Blue Merle you can see her in many pictures with Natalie and her daughters. I have 8 aussie's and I love them as they are my kids. This is one thing that I have always loved about Natalie, her love of animals. Thank you Marti for posting this about Natalie. And you will always be a friend. Pam

  3. Pam, I'm babysitting an Austrailian Shepherd right now (my son's dog) while he and family are away for a week. I love playing frisbee with him.... he never tires of it, but I sure do.

    I'll try to see if I can find a photo of Natalie with her Austrailian Shepherd. Marti

    PS: I'm still having problems posting comments under my account

  4. Marti:

    I cannot post with my account either, but can do so anonymously. I believe it is a problem most likely with this particular hoster of blogs. You can send in a report, as I have done, although they usually leave it for other bloggers to answer. Good Luck.

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