Rosie O'Donnell and New Girlfriend Bonded Over Dogs

10/27/2011 at 05:30 PM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell, New Girlfriend Bonded Over Dogs
Michelle Rounds (left) and Rosie O'Donnell
Rosalie O'Connor
Rosie O'Donnell has a dog to thank for her new relationship with girlfriend Michelle Rounds. A conversation about Rounds's Pomeranian is what first brought them together.

"When I met her she was in Starbucks holding the dog," O'Donnell, 49, said on Wednesday's The Rosie Show. "And I walked in and I thought she was like a 28-year-old heterosexual, and I thought, Oh, I'll just chat her up. And I was like, 'Oh, I'm trying to get one of those dogs for my daughter.' "

Turns out Rounds was a lesbian and available, O'Donnell was interested ... and the rest, as they say, is history. If you look at their respective pets, you could say O'Donnell and Rounds were meant to be.

"Michelle has a little 4-lb. Pomeranian and I have a little 4-lb. Chihuahua," O'Donnell said. "How does that work? Just about perfectly!"

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