Ellen’s Gone to the Dogs

The funny lady, pet mom to six, dishes on her fur-filled house­hold and her new line of dog swag

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - ANIMAL ZONE GH: ELLEN: GH: ELLEN: GH: ELLEN: GH: E -

GH: What is it about an­i­mals that you en­joy so much?

They of­fer un­con­di­tional love in ways hu­mans can’t – plus, they don’t talk back. Un­less you have one of those dogs who say, ‘I ruv you,’ in which case, please video­tape it and send it to my show. GH: What’s life like at your place?

I have three dogs (Wolf, Augie and Kid) and three cats (Char­lie, Ge­orge and Chair­man). I would tell you more about them, but like any celebrity par­ent, I think it’s im­por­tant to keep them out of the press. Do I have a favourite? I couldn’t pos­si­bly an­swer that! It’s Char­lie. GH: Do you let your pets sleep in bed with you?

It’s more like they let us sleep in bed with them. Por­tia and I are al­lowed about one-third of the mattress, and they have the rest. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since 1987. GH: What are your dreams for the fu­ture?

My main hope is that some­one brings their dog to the dog park wear­ing some of my col­lec­tion and meets a stranger whose dog is also wear­ing my col­lec­tion, and they fall in love, get mar­ried and live hap­pily ever af­ter. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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