Felicity Huffman Gets Ruff Road Rage Lesson

10/07/2008 at 10:30 AM EDT

Felicity Huffman Gets Ruff Road Rage Lesson
Felicity Huffman with a dog from the Animal Haven shelter
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Felicity Huffman found herself in a Desperate predicament when a fellow driver was leering at her – but it turns he only had eyes for her new dog.

The Desperate Housewives actress, who was in New York City Monday to kick off the Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign to encourage pet adoptions, shared the frisky tale about her family's recently adopted Labrador mix, Tucker.

While driving in L.A. recently, "I pulled up to a stop sign," said Huffman, who is North American Ambassador for the pet adoption campaign. "This guy pulls up next to me and says, 'Hey' and makes kissing noises. I ignored it. Then he said 'Hey' and made the kissing noises again. The third time he did it, I thought, 'I'm tired of being bullied and I'm not going to be frightened' – and I turned to him."

Huffman proceeded to dress down the man. "'What's the matter with you? Are you sick? That's disgusting and rude and I'm not taking it.'" she told him. "He looked all offended and his feelings were hurt, and I thought, 'Great I have a sensitive heckler.'"

Then she discovered the doggone truth. "As I pull away feeling like a warrior, I felt a little cold nose on my neck," said Huffman. "Tucker had his head right behind mine, which I didn't know. The guy was talking to the dog, and that's why his feelings were hurt."

Summed up Huffman: "I'm a jerk."

The actress had much kinder words for Jennifer Lopez, a fellow participant in last month's Nautica Malibu Triathlon.

"I was really impressed with her," said Huffman, who has competed there for the past six years. "I'm in the sissy celebrity division, which J.Lo was not in, nor was Matthew McConaughey, where one person runs, one person bikes and one person swims. I just do the running and my time is slower every year."

Added the actress, "I'm working down the ladder of success."

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