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Originally posted 04/23/2013 11:10AM
Last August, Survivor winner Jenna Morasca went to a shelter and brought home the unexpected: an older dog with her share of "quirks". Have you ever known a dog to throw bones in the air like a quarterback? That's pit bull Bobbi-Ricki's trick and in a very short time, Morasca has become quite the wide receiver. Here, the reality star talks about the perks of adopting an older pup and why you should consider doing it too.
As human beings we value the experience that comes with age. We are reminded over and over again with statements like "older and wiser" and "respect your elders," promoting age as something to be cherished and respected.
So why are these ideals lost on animal kind? When animals age, some humans see them as less valuable, less important and less entertaining. This is why when you walk into one of the many animal shelters across the country, they're usually filled with animals that are older, or, as I like to say, wiser.
Originally posted 11/09/2012 09:50AM
LeAnn Rimes said she felt like she was starting over, and this week, she means it.
The singer is beginning a whole new chapter – a wiggly one on four legs – with a puppy she and her family adopted on Wednesday.
The surprise addition joined Rimes, husband Eddie Cibrian, and Cibrian's sons – Mason, 9, and Jake, 5 – after a very rough morning: the puppy was abandoned in traffic on a busy street in the Los Angeles area.
Originally posted 10/29/2012 11:35AM
Here's some advice from Lauren Conrad: "Never go to the animal shelter 'just to look,'" she explained on Instagram last week. "It never ends that way."
It seems that Conrad couldn't stop at looking during a recent trip to an animal shelter, and adopted an adorable puppy that she named Fitz.
Conrad recently wrapped up her book tour and marked the end of her promotional schedule with a new beginning.
Originally posted 10/10/2012 04:00PM
It's a boy!
Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky Stern welcomed a new member into their animal family over the weekend, bringing home a cat named Charlie Boy.
"We are in love with him," she Tweeted on Sunday, sharing a photo of her and the new addition. "Adopting an adult cat is incredible!"
Originally posted 09/10/2012 02:30PM
Lately, when Kevin McHale goes out at night, he thinks about how much he's missing the new lady in his life. She seems to miss him, too: She hugs him when he gets home, and then they cuddle. Sometimes, she even visits him on the set of Glee.
Sophie, of course, is a 45-lb Wheaten terrier mix that the actor rescued in April via Los Angeles's Bark n' Bitches boutique.
"She's got all of my attention," McHale, 24, tells PEOPLE.com of the main female in his life, who often wraps her paws around him in what he describes as a canine take on a bear hug.
Originally posted 08/14/2012 09:00AM
What's better than taking home the mirror ball trophy? Taking home a four-legged friend!
Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough has found his perfect canine companion, whom he is currently calling EyBoi until he settles on a name, Hough shared on Twitter.
"I feel so lucky," he wrote Friday. "This dog is incredible. Everything I've taught him he's applied within two days … Genius animal!"
Originally posted 07/26/2012 01:05PM
Marie Osmond is a busy woman, and with eight kids – nine, if you count her dog – it's no wonder.
Osmond, 52, adopted a puppy named George at a charitable fashion show in April, and writes glowingly about the dog in a diary for Prevention Magazine's September issue, on newsstands July 31.
"Our new puppy, George, has become an unexpected blessing," she says. "We were told he's a mix of German shepherd and English bulldog, but he's more a mix of dancing elephant and a cupcake-fueled 4-year-old."
Originally posted 07/23/2012 06:00AM
Why stick with one when many will do?
Jane Lynch adopted an Australian shepherd mix in December, shortly after losing her cat, Greta, and has officially settled on at least six names for him.
"Francis Willoughby is his full name," Lynch tells PEOPLE, but that's not the only one he goes by.
"We call him Bannis, I don't know why. Instead of Francis, I call him Bannis or Ban Ban. Franny, Francisco, Francois … We have tons of nicknames for him."
Originally posted 07/13/2012 04:00PM
When Cheyenne Jackson's dog suddenly stopped eating, he didn't know that a few days later, he'd be saying goodbye to her for good.
The actor's Rottweiler mix Zora (named after author Zora Neale Hurston) had been Jackson's constant companion since he adopted her from the ASPCA in 2003.
"She was everything to us," the 30 Rock star, 37, tells PEOPLE. "She was New York to us. She was in every dressing room I ever had, she was kind of the supermodel of the dog park, she was really beautiful. She was everything."
Originally posted 07/06/2012 04:30PM
Of all the things Ke$ha could have picked up from a night out, she probably wasn't expecting a cat.
The singer announced the addition of a new feline into her family on Monday, Tweeting about its interesting arrival.
"Last night after hitting a gnarly strip club this little guy was handed to me through my car window from a Russian sketch ball," she wrote, sharing a photo of the sleeping beauty. "I think that's considered a rescue..."
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