'He has grown to love Italian food!' George Clooney talks about rescue dog Einstein's 'beautiful life' in new book as he shares the joys of adopting a senior pet 

He recently adopted his third dog, a basset hound named Millie with wife Amal.

But George Clooney will always have a very special place in his heart for his oldest dog, Einstein. 

The 54-year-old speaks about the 10-year-old cocker spaniel's 'beautiful life' in the new book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts.

Best friends: George Clooney speaks about senior dog Einstein's 'beautiful life' in the new book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts. Here they are pictured together in an Omega campaign

Best friends: George Clooney speaks about senior dog Einstein's 'beautiful life' in the new book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts. Here they are pictured together in an Omega campaign

Einstein was five when George adopted him from a crowded California shelter, and was an obese stray who was due to be put down hours later.

While older dogs typically have a much harder time than puppies when it comes finding their forever home, the actor felt it was more practical to have a pet who didn't need to be toilet trained.

'He was house-trained and had a great attitude,' George says of Einstein. 'Age doesn't matter.'

'Age doesn't matter': The actor said that the cocker spaniel 'was house-trained and had a great attitude'

'Age doesn't matter': The actor said that the cocker spaniel 'was house-trained and had a great attitude'

Living the high life: Nowadays, Einstein travels around the world with his famous owner - and apparently 'has grown to love Italian food' after spending time in Lake Como

Living the high life: Nowadays, Einstein travels around the world with his famous owner - and apparently 'has grown to love Italian food' after spending time in Lake Como

The pooch now travels the world with his famous owner and has spent much time at his home in Lake Como. George jokes that he 'has grown to love Italian food'.

George adopted Einstein in 2010, and has previously said he had been nervous that the pooch wouldn't take to him during their first meeting.

'I start to panic that Einstein is not going to like me,' he admitted to Esquire. 'So I run into the kitchen, where I have these turkey meatballs, and I rub them all over my shoes.

Adding to the family: George and wife Amal adopted four-year-old basset hound Millie from San Gabriel Valley Humane Society shelter earlier this week. They are also seen here with rescue dog Louie

Adding to the family: George and wife Amal adopted four-year-old basset hound Millie from San Gabriel Valley Humane Society shelter earlier this week. They are also seen here with rescue dog Louie

Animal lovers: Amal brought Einstein and Louie to visit George on the New York set of Money Monster in April

Animal lovers: Amal brought Einstein and Louie to visit George on the New York set of Money Monster in April

'Who knew Einstein was such a food wh**e on top of everything? He throws himself at my feet.'

He has since welcomed rescue dog Louie to the family and adopted Millie with wife Amal from San Gabriel Valley Humane Society earlier this week.  

Millie was found homeless and begging for scraps outside a restaurant earlier this month, and was taken in by the shelter. 

Sad loss: Singer Neko Case's dog Liza (pictured here) died in September at the age of 17

Sad loss: Singer Neko Case's dog Liza (pictured here) died in September at the age of 17

Big family!: Boomer is one of 21 senior rescue dogs living with mystery novelist David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie Myers at their 10-acre lakeside home in Maine

Big family!: Boomer is one of 21 senior rescue dogs living with mystery novelist David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie Myers at their 10-acre lakeside home in Maine

According to the website, George, 54, and Amal, 37, 'were searching for a basset hound and saw Millie’s picture on Petfinder'.

The actor and the barrister made sure that Millie and Louie got along before making the adoption official.

'They did a "meet and greet" with her and spent time introducing her to their other rescue,' the shelter's website states. 

Furry friend: 10-year-old Casey is one of the rescue dogs owned by retired Nordstrom chairman Bruce Nordstrom and his wife Jeannie

Furry friend: 10-year-old Casey is one of the rescue dogs owned by retired Nordstrom chairman Bruce Nordstrom and his wife Jeannie

Unique pup: Brandon Stanton, who runs the Humans Of New York blog, took in 11-year-old Susie

Unique pup: Brandon Stanton, who runs the Humans Of New York blog, took in 11-year-old Susie

'It was good news that Millie and Louie hit it off and the happy, new family headed home together!' 

Several other well-known names and their pets feature in My Old Dog, including Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Neko Case.

Sweet stories: My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts is out now

Sweet stories: My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts is out now

Neko is pictured in the book with her dog Liza, who sadly died in September at the age of 17. She has three other dogs and several other pets.

'It's a comfort and a privilege to be part of such unconditionally loving and grateful lives,' Case writes in foreword to My Old Dog. 'Their happy, excited faces — so full of love and devoid of meanness — always make me feel like I am part of a legit, loving family.'

Mystery novelist David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie Myers have a whopping 21 senior rescue dogs living with them at their 10-acre lakeside home in Maine.

The author, who created the Andy Carpenter character, explains: 'When you have two dogs, getting a third is a big deal.

'But when you have 26 and you get a call saying that a golden retriever is going to be put down at 3 o’clock, you take a 27th.' 

Also appearing in the book is one of the dogs belonging to retired Nordstrom chairman Bruce Nordstrom and his wife Jeannie, who says she thinks she was 'a homeless dog in another life'.

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts - which is out now - also features the tales of a retired military working dog who was adopted by the handler whose life he saved, and an abandoned pit bull who was taken in by three elderly nuns.

 

 

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