Every human needs a love like Loki,

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

and every dog needs a guardian like Mickey Rourke.

Check it – here’s Mickey Rourke’s acceptance speech from The Independent Spirit Awards. As with his Golden Globes acceptance speech, Rourke gives a shout-out to his dogs – and chokes at the mention of Loki, his recently departed friend and companion of eighteen years. Loki passed on February 16th, reportedly in Rourke’s arms.

In case y’all can’t view the video, here’s the part of the speech where Rourke mentions Loki:

You know, I’ve just gotten thousands of letters and shit from my – people, strangers, people that know me – about my dog that died six days ago. Loki, Loki – [pause] – this is for you, baby. [laughs]

Apropos my previous post, Rourke’s Wiki entry also notes,

He is well-known as a pet fancier, particularly fond of small-breed dogs. A spay/neuter advocate, Rourke participated in a protest outside of a pet shop in 2007 and has done a public service announcement for PETA.

His first little dog was reportedly a gift from his second wife. Though Rourke’s dogs are generally referred to as “chihuahuas,” some are not pure-bred. Loki, his most-publicized dog whom he described as “the love of my life,” was a chihuahua-terrier mix.

If any of Rourke’s dogs were bred, it appears to have been either unintentional or not something he’d do again.

Which means I can blub without ambivalence. Which I did, when the husband told me of Loki’s death. At least she had a good life; so many other dogs don’t.

If you’d like you send Rourke your condolences, try the guest book on his official site, www.uniquelyrourke.com. There, you’ll also find an announcement about Loki’s passing, as well as some photos of Loki with her human.

For snail mail, check out Rourke’s listing on fanmail.biz.

(h/t, ecorazzi)

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Mickey Rourke on (Wo)man’s Best Friend

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

I’m not really big on Mickey Rourke, but I damn near tear up every time this video of his Golden Globes acceptance speech pops up on MSNB:

After a rather heartfelt speech, Rourke concludes by recognizing his dogs: “I’d like to thank all my dogs…the ones who are here, and the ones who aren’t here anymore. Because, sometimes when a man’s alone, all you got is your dog and they meant the world to me.”

The St. Louis Examiner, writing about Rourke’s (unfortunately) unusual speech, includes a video of Rourke taken at the Venice Film Festival last year. Rourke’s Chihuahua/terrier mix, Loki, accompanied him onto the red carpet. Rourke explained, “My dog is very old, she is 16 and she is not going to be around for long so I want to spend every moment with her.”

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