by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway and her husband, Adam Shulman have just adopted a very happy, bouncing and tail wagging four-legged baby boy.

Last Sunday, the couple officially adopted the fourteen-week-old spaniel and terrier mix puppy from the Beverly Hills rescue, The Amanda Foundation. The pup, whom Hathaway has named Edward, was one of seven pups born in an ‘accidental litter.’ He was conceived when a well-meaning Los Angeles resident welcomed a stray dog into her home, and the animal mated with her own dog.

Teri Austin, former actress and president of the Foundation said the couple were looking for a companion for their chocolate Labrador, Esmeralda. “Adam came in first. Then when Anne was in town the following week, they spent a long time with one litter. We always like people to sleep on it. They wanted to do that, too,” said Austin.

The couple did not make their decision lightly. They knew that it would be a huge responsibility and a lifetime commitment to welcome the little fellow into their home. They also had to take into consideration the feelings of their other family member, Esmeralda.

Although Esmeralda did not have a chance to be introduced to her new sibling prior to the adoption, Austin said Hathaway and Shulman sought the advice of Michael Chill, an animal behaviorist who has previously worked with their Lab.

Austin said that whenever Esmeralda would visit her veterinary clinic, she got along with the other dogs. “She’s a very laid-back dog,” said Austin. “When she’s been here we’ve had her around other puppies in the waiting room and she’s always good and very social.”

Apparently, Edward shares the same charisma as his new thirty-one-year-old step-mom, and is a natural at winning over an audience. “He makes very good eye contact with you,” said Austin. “I think he’s going to train very nicely, he’s an intelligent little dog.”

Austin said that he also knows how to lay on the charm. “He was such a little gentleman,” she said. “He’s a calm, sweet puppy. Which is why he’s going to be a good companion for Esmeralda.”

Austin, who is best known for her performance as Jill Bennett on the CBS series “Knots Landing”, and who left her acting career to pursue work as an animal activist in Los Angeles, is not worried about Hathaway’s two pups getting along. She said that Hathaway has a gift for understanding canines. “Some people have an intuition for dogs, and she’s one of them,” says Austin. “She’s a dog person.”

The little puppy could grow up to be about twelve pounds, and there is no doubt that he will be spoiled and loved the way all furry family members should be treated.

Hopefully, two of the other pups in Edward’s litter also find loving forever homes. Evan and Elizabeth are still available for adoption at The Amanda Foundation. To learn more about them, click here.


Photo Credit: The Amanda Foundation

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About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at

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