Moonie: The Adorable Chihuahua Who Played Bruiser Woods

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Bruiser Woods was Elle's sidekick in Legally Blonde, but who was he really? 

The Legally Blonde movies may have starred Reese Witherspoon, but Elle Woods would not have been complete without her tiny chihuahua companion, Bruiser Woods. The cute and fashionable chihuahua went with her everywhere, from class to the salon to court. But who is the adorable pooch behind Elle's canine companion?

Who Is Bruiser Woods?

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Bruiser was played by the adorable Chihuahua, Moonie. Every Legally Blonde fan remembers how Elle introduced herself and Bruiser for the first time. She says, "I am Elle Woods, and this is Bruiser Woods. And we are both Gemini vegetarians."

Moonie, or Moondoggie, was a canine actor adopted by Sue Chipperton of Studio Animal Services. Sue was also the trainer for Taco Bell dog Gidget. Both of the dogs became fast friends while living and working in Los Angeles.

Moonie was put up for the role of Bruiser because Gidget was busy with her Taco Bell role. Moonie was perfect for the role and became the perfect co-star for Witherspoon. He joined her again in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, where Gidget got to play his mom. Since they were friends in real life, it wasn't too hard for them to play like they were happy to see one another. They truly were!

Moonie's Other Claims To Fame

Moonie had many other roles after MGM's Legally Blonde. He starred in a music video with Cher and was in multiple TV commercials and TV shows such as Three Sisters and Providence.

Moonie was reunited with Witherspoon on the red carpet when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. He retired in 2014, deciding that at 15 years old was too old to keep acting.

Unfortunately, in March of 2016, Sue Chipperton delivered the sad news that the sweet doggie had died. He was 18. Reese Witherspoon wrote a touching tribute on her Facebook page to her tiny co-star.

"With a sad heart, I have to let all the #LegallyBlonde fans known that Bruiser Woods (also known as Moonie) passed away yesterday. 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."

RIP, sweet pup!

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