Ryan Gosling reveals his dog George has died – and shares happy memories of his pet

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RYAN Gosling has revealed his beloved dog George died in December, age 17.

The Blade Runner 2049 actor opened up about his loss for the first time during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, describing the pooch as an “ageing rockstar”.

 Ryan Gosling revealed his dog has died aged 17

Ryan Gosling revealed his dog has died aged 17

Confirming the news, Ryan – who now wears his dog’s identity tags in tribute to his late canine companion – said: “He was a good friend to me.”

Ryan, 36, went on to discuss how George had been his constant companion over the years, no matter where he was in the world.

He said: “Almost every film, [he came] everywhere.”

The Notebook actor admitted he finds it hard to think of George as a dog because the pooch acted like other canines were “beneath” him.

 The actor and George had been inseparable for 17 years

The actor and George had been inseparable for 17 years
 Ryan lost his dog in December of last year

Ryan lost his dog in December of last year
 Ryan and George on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2011

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Ryan and George on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2011

He said: “He was 17, he passed away in December.

“It’s funny to say ‘dog’ because I feel like, there was something about George where I think he felt like being a dog was beneath him. He would not do tricks. If you wanted him to sit down you had to sort of convince him it was in his best interests.

“One time we were at an outdoor restaurant and he was sitting on the pavement looking forlorn down the street.

“Someone got up to go to the restroom, and he, I guess, had had enough and he got up onto their seat and sat down at the table like a gentleman and looked around the table like, ‘Yeah, that’s right.'”

 The actor is wearing his dog's identity tags in tribute

The actor is wearing his dog’s identity tags in tribute

The La La Land star – who has daughters Esmeralda, three, and Amada, 17 months, with partner Eva Mendes – joked George looked like an “ageing rock star” before he passed away.

He quipped: “George, as he started to age, started to look like an ageing rock star.

“He was sort of skinny-fat and he had big hair and, you know, no teeth, open sores, but still sexy.”

And he currently has no interest in getting another pet – when Ellen asked if he’d get another dog, he looked downcast as he shook his head and said: “We’ll see.”

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