Reese Witherspoon Reveals ‘Legally Blonde’ Chihuahua Died: ‘I’m Sure His Tail Is Wagging in the Sky’

Love you to the Moonie and back. Reese Witherspoon revealed on Friday, March 11, that Bruiser — her on-screen pet Chihuahua from her smash 2001 movie Legally Blonde — has died.

"With a sad heart, I have to let all the #LegallyBlonde fans know that Bruiser Woods (also known as Moonie) passed away yesterday," Witherspoon, 39, shared on Instagram, alongside a movie still of her character, Elle Woods, clutching the colorfully dressed puppy. "He was a sweet little Chihuahua who was very loved. I will never forget all the days we spent together … I'm sure his tail is wagging in the sky. Sending love to his trainer, the wonderful @tailsticks #RIPBruiser."

Reese Witherspoon and Bruiser in 2001's 'Legally Blonde.'
Reese Witherspoon and Bruiser in 2001's 'Legally Blonde.' MGM/courtesy Everett Collection

According to TMZ, Bruiser was 18 years old, which meant he had a very full life in doggy years. The rescue pooch was also supposedly close pals with the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Gidget, who died in 2009.

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Reese Witherspoon and "Legally Blonde" costar Bruiser pose at the Reese Witherspoon Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Induction Ceremony on Dec. 1, 2010. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

In December 2010, Witherspoon memorably reunited with Moonie when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In her speech, the Oscar winner acknowledged her pawed accomplice and his presence at the ceremony. "My very, very famous costar Bruiser: I mean, he came all the way out of his kennel," she said. "He’s a very busy working dog and he managed to show up today."

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