Pets Owned by Famous People

Pet Tales
by Barry B. Burtis D.V.M.

Harley is a cute-as-a-button, six year old Yorkshire terrier. Harley, with his Mr. and Mrs., lives in Hamilton in an apartment building that happens to be located right beside a lot frequently used in movie making. With trailers housing actors, movie personnel and film crews on site, it can sometimes be quite a busy, interesting location. But Harley, even at such times, still pretty much just considers it his place to go for a walk, several times every day.

One day, a few years ago, Harley and his Mr. were on such a walk, with movie cameras rolling on the lot beside them, when out of one of the trailers rushed an actress, who made straight for Harley. As she cuddled him in her arms, she explained she was missing her own pets back in Hollywood so much that she just had to say hello to Harley. Well, Harley may have forgotten that particular walk by now, but his Mr. sure remembers the day. Thanks to Harley, he got to meet and chat with Meg Ryan.

Interesting isn't it, that most people enjoy learning about the pets chosen by famous people. I thought it would be fun to connect some famous people with the pets they own.. If there is someone named that you particularly admire, knowing their choice in a pet may help when next choosing one for yourself.

The Chihuahua probably has roots in South America and is said to have been sacred to the Aztecs. Also, this breed has a face that is described as saucy. Do you think either of these breed facts might have anything to do with its current popularity as a celebrity pet?  Paula Abdul has Yoda, Hilary Duff owns Chiquita, Paris Hilton has Bambi and Britney Spears calls her Chihuahua, Bit Bit. However, there are some other breeds that have homes with the famous. Jessica Simpson has a Malti-poo (a Maltese, poodle mix) named Daisy and Ashley Judd has Buttermilk, a Cock-a-Poo.

The size of the dog seems to change if we switch our attention to male celebs. Adam Sandler has an English Bulldog named Meatball, Mel Gibson, being true to his country of origin, owns Patch, an Australian Shepherd, Michael J. Fox has Bosco, a Dalmatian and Jim Carey shares his home with George, a Great Dane.

Professional athletes, just like everyone else, enjoy coming home after a tough day at practice or appreciates some stress reduction on game day, with the help of a pet. Two superstars in the hockey world seem to have quite a different preference in dogs. Wayne Gretzky has Clyde, a dachshund and Mario Lemieux has Abby, a Collie mix and Ben, a Newfoundland. Baseball players Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire seem to go for big numbers in the choice of a pet. Griffey Jr. has Akeiba, a Rottweiler and McGwire owns Mac, a Great Dane.

Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear of golf fame owns a Golden Retriever, called Cali. Greg Norman has Foster, a Labrador retriever. John Elway, professional football player, chose Kimo, an Alaskan Malamute for his pet. That choice would seem quite in keeping with the image a football player would like to project. However, you have to admire Brett Favre, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He must be very secure in his masculinity. His pet is Jazzmin, a Yorkshire terrier.

Now that is quite a wide range of dogs who share their lives with famous people, isn't it?
Once again it just goes to prove that dogs are very adaptable creatures. They can live and thrive in very diverse lifestyles. Also, here's a reassuring note to remember. I know that your very own dog will be just as devoted to you, as it would be to a more famous, celebrity master. 

Pet Tales
by Barry B. Burtis D.V.M.

Harley is a cute-as-a-button, six year old Yorkshire terrier. Harley, with his Mr. and Mrs., lives in Hamilton in an apartment building that happens to be located right beside a lot frequently used in movie making. With trailers housing actors, movie personnel and film crews on site, it can sometimes be quite a busy, interesting location. But Harley, even at such times, still pretty much just considers it his place to go for a walk, several times every day.

One day, a few years ago, Harley and his Mr. were on such a walk, with movie cameras rolling on the lot beside them, when out of one of the trailers rushed an actress, who made straight for Harley. As she cuddled him in her arms, she explained she was missing her own pets back in Hollywood so much that she just had to say hello to Harley. Well, Harley may have forgotten that particular walk by now, but his Mr. sure remembers the day. Thanks to Harley, he got to meet and chat with Meg Ryan.

Interesting isn't it, that most people enjoy learning about the pets chosen by famous people. I thought it would be fun to connect some famous people with the pets they own.. If there is someone named that you particularly admire, knowing their choice in a pet may help when next choosing one for yourself.

The Chihuahua probably has roots in South America and is said to have been sacred to the Aztecs. Also, this breed has a face that is described as saucy. Do you think either of these breed facts might have anything to do with its current popularity as a celebrity pet?  Paula Abdul has Yoda, Hilary Duff owns Chiquita, Paris Hilton has Bambi and Britney Spears calls her Chihuahua, Bit Bit. However, there are some other breeds that have homes with the famous. Jessica Simpson has a Malti-poo (a Maltese, poodle mix) named Daisy and Ashley Judd has Buttermilk, a Cock-a-Poo.

The size of the dog seems to change if we switch our attention to male celebs. Adam Sandler has an English Bulldog named Meatball, Mel Gibson, being true to his country of origin, owns Patch, an Australian Shepherd, Michael J. Fox has Bosco, a Dalmatian and Jim Carey shares his home with George, a Great Dane.

Professional athletes, just like everyone else, enjoy coming home after a tough day at practice or appreciates some stress reduction on game day, with the help of a pet. Two superstars in the hockey world seem to have quite a different preference in dogs. Wayne Gretzky has Clyde, a dachshund and Mario Lemieux has Abby, a Collie mix and Ben, a Newfoundland. Baseball players Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire seem to go for big numbers in the choice of a pet. Griffey Jr. has Akeiba, a Rottweiler and McGwire owns Mac, a Great Dane.

Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear of golf fame owns a Golden Retriever, called Cali. Greg Norman has Foster, a Labrador retriever. John Elway, professional football player, chose Kimo, an Alaskan Malamute for his pet. That choice would seem quite in keeping with the image a football player would like to project. However, you have to admire Brett Favre, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He must be very secure in his masculinity. His pet is Jazzmin, a Yorkshire terrier.

Now that is quite a wide range of dogs who share their lives with famous people, isn't it?
Once again it just goes to prove that dogs are very adaptable creatures. They can live and thrive in very diverse lifestyles. Also, here's a reassuring note to remember. I know that your very own dog will be just as devoted to you, as it would be to a more famous, celebrity master. 


Pet Tales
by Barry B. Burtis D.V.M.

There are many factors that come in to play when someone chooses a pet. Some people are cat people, some are dog only admirers. Often people are influenced in their choice of a pet or the breed of their pet by having had experience with one as a child. Some people think we choose a pet that will be compatible with our own personality type. The high energy, type A personality will select a Doberman or terrier type dog, A more easy going laid back person, prefers the slow, relaxed Basset. And, of course, there is that theory that we choose a pet that will look like us.

Well, regardless of why someone chooses a particular pet, do you think there may be similarities between people who prefer the same kind of pet? As I write again about famous people and their pets, perhaps you may find you have something in common with some of these well-known people.

Sigmund Freud, sometimes called the father of psychiatry, was very fond of dogs. He had an Alsatian named Wolf and he had several chow chows. Chows are known to be independent and yet loyal, both a quiet companion and a good guard. Rather aloof in temperament, they also have a tendency to be a 'one man dog'. Do you suppose Dr. Freud may have tried to psychoanalysis to understand them?

Charles Lindbergh, famed aviator and the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic owned a number of dogs in his lifetime. He was particularly fond, though, of a black cat called Patsy. Patsy was photographed with him in the cockpit of his plane as he was about to begin his non-stop flight from New York to Paris. He told reporters that he was not taking Patsy with him, however, because he believed it to be too dangerous a journey. Patsy was featured on a 1930 Spanish postage stamp with Lindbergh, the first time ever that a domestic cat appeared on a stamp. Lindbergh was refused permission to be buried in a local pet cemetery in the U. S. with his dogs, so instead chose to be interred on the Hawaiian island of Maui with his last dog and a friend's three gibbons to whom he had become much attached.

Royal pets, like the royalty that owns them, seem to lead very privileged lives. Most people will be familiar with seeing a flock of Corgis scampering about near Queen Elizabeth. Apparently she became devoted to Pembroke Welsh Corgis when her parents, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and George VI, introduced this delightful breed to royal residences. George VI was an avid dog breeder and to him Labradors were special. It is reported he visited twice during the night, one of his dogs who had injured its paw during a hare shoot on February 5, 1952, to be sure it was alright. The next morning the king died.

Queen Victoria, great grandmother to the present Queen, while still a teenager, was given a tricolour Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Dash. In 1836 Victoria's mother commissioned a painting of the dog to be given to Victoria in celebration of her 17th birthday. Victoria became Queen in 1837. The first thing she did after her coronation in Westminster Abbey was to rush back to Buckingham Palace to give Dash a bath. Victoria also became the owner of Lootie, a female Pekingese. This breed, with an ancestry able to match most royals, can trace its lineage back to China's Tang Dynasty. Lootie was the first of its breed to reach the West. Queen Victoria also owned Skye terriers, a collie, greyhounds and deerhounds. During her long reign she owned 36 pugs, a dachshund, called Dackel, a fox-terrier and a toy poodle, a bloodhound, a St. Bernard, a Maltese and a Pomeranian. It is not much wonder that inspired by their Queen, people of the Victorian Age began a whole new chapter in dog breeding and pet ownership.

There you have it, another criterion for pet selection. If there's a person you admire, learn about their taste in pets. You may wish to choose the same.