Oprah Dedicates Show to Her Late Cocker Spaniel

Oprah Dedicates Show to Her Late Cocker Spaniel
Oprah Winfrey
Ramey

04/02/2008 AT 09:45 AM EDT

Oprah Winfrey will dedicate an upcoming talk show to her beloved cocker spaniel.

Sophie, who died last month of kidney failure, "gave me 13 years of unconditional love," Winfrey says in the show slated to air Friday, the Associated press reports. "She was a true love of my life."

In honor of Sophie, The Oprah Winfrey Show will focus on abuses at puppy mills, the wire service reported.

Oprah's special correspondent Lisa Ling carried out the investigation and calls the puppy mills "horrific" and "haunting," while Winfrey says the show is "for anybody anywhere who loves a dog, has ever loved a dog, or just cares about their basic right to humane treatment."

None of Winfrey's dogs came from a puppy mill. But the host vowed to visit and animal shelter – not a breeder – the next time she adopts a pet.

"I would never, ever adopt another pet now without going to a shelter to do it," she told the AP. "I am a changed woman after seeing this show."

It has been a rough year for the dog-loving Winfrey. Sophie's passing follows last July's death of Gracie, Winfrey's 2-year-old golden retriever, who chocked on a plastic ball.

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