Marilyn and her dogs

Marilyn Monroe at the beach with her dog Ruffles in 1947.
Photo: Associated Press

MM plays with her Chihuahua on May 17, 1950.
Image: Earl Leaf

Also on May 17, 1950
Image: Earl Leaf

MM and Arthur Miller with Miller's dog Hugo, during a playful moment at Miller's summer home on June 25th, 1956.
Image: © Bettmann/CORBIS

Here's another photo of Hugo with MM and Miller.

Image: © Bettmann/CORBIS

When Marilyn and Arthur split up, Arthur retained possession of Hugo.

Maf was a little white French poodle who was given to MM in New York by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra had purchased the dog from Natalie Wood’s mother.

Marilyn named the dog “Maf” because of Frank Sinatra’s alleged mafia connections. lnterestingly, to spite Arthur Miller, Marilyn used to let Maf sleep on an expensive white coat that Miller had presented her.

When Marilyn returned to live in Hollywood, she had Maf flown back to be with her.

Following her death, Maf was inherited by Frank Sinatra’s secretary, Gloria Lovell.
(via u2r2h blog)