Dog lovers everywhere are mourning the death of a popular pet after learning the pooch behind Disney’s popular Dog With A Blog series has died. Kuma, the very first dog cast in the role of Stan, passed away at 16 years old.
Kuma von Clifford — a mutt, with a mix of different breeds including Australian Shepherd, Husky, and Golden Retriever — was a rescue dog before going Hollywood. His owner, Sarah Clifford rescued him at nine weeks old from a South Los Angeles shelter before teaching her precious pet 75 different tricks.
When auditioning for Dog With A Blog, Kuma beat out more than 1,000 other dogs for the role. Although Stan was white with spots, it’s worth noting that Kuma did not have spots at all. They were painted on him for the Disney series just like they were for the dog who later took over the role, Mick.
Kuma got his break in 2005 when he was cast in McBride: The Chameleon Murder. He followed that with appearances in An American Crime and Wrong. It was in 2012 that Kuma was cast as Stan on Dog With The Blog, a role he played for five episodes before Mick took over.
After Dog With A Blog, Kuma played Marrianne in Pups United before taking on the role of Grandma in Nickelodeon’s Mutt & Stuff from 2015-2017.
Sadly, Kuma died on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018, due to complications after a stroke..
Sarah Clifford told Deadline: “Losing Kuma is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. He was my best friend and the smartest dog I have ever known in my 40 years of life. When the time came to say my final good-bye, I fed him his favorite foods, chicken and watermelon, which he ate with vigor until the very end.”
Over the years, Clifford said that Kuma has received quite a bit of fan mail. She has asked that those hoping to pay their respects to the famous dog simply make a donation to their favorite animal shelter.
Fans react to Dog With A Blog death
Sarah Clifford wasn’t the only person mourning the loss of Kuma. When fans of the pup’s work heard about his passing, they took to social media to share their sadness.
The dog from “Dog with a Blog” passed away today. I don’t know how to go through the day
— Carson Jones (@Jiving_Jones) December 5, 2018
stan from dog with a blog died and im crying in english class pic.twitter.com/ppvFLaWaQg
— katie b. (@kaitlinbakerrr) December 5, 2018
The only death this year that got me. Rest In Peace kuma(Stan from “dog with a blog”). 😭 pic.twitter.com/0zGFtmx09Z
— Alex Calderon (@alexcal99) December 5, 2018
Clearly, Kuma made a huge impact and will be missed by many.