Celebrity Pets: Furry Friends of the Rich and Famous

President Barack Obama with his dog Bo

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Even celebrities need a non-human best friend. Here are a few glimpses of the pets of famous (or semi-famous) people.

President Barack Obama runs away from the family dog, Bo, during a break from meetings on the South Lawn of the White House in May 2009. Bo is a Portuguese water dog, a breed that tends to be less allergenic than other breeds — a requirement for daughter Malia Obama, who suffers from allergies. Bo was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy who was also a fan of the breed.

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David Price and Astro

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When he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher David Price often brought his dog Astro out onto the field just before the start of the game as he did here in April 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The team gave away miniature toy versions of Astro to fans and one special edition sat in the dugout with the team. That replica was actually stolen from the dugout, but was soon replaced by a bigger plastic dog courtesy of "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria. Sadly, the French bulldog who followed his man through various gigs to Boston, passed away in July 2019. The pitcher noted his pal's passing by adding a small paw symbol to his cap for his next game.

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Paula Abdul

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Paula Abdul has loved many dogs — her teacup posse of Thumbelina, Tulip and Tinkerbell come to mind — and she can often be seen at charity events that support animals, like Fox's "Cause for Paws: All-Star Dog Spectacular" in November 2014 in Santa Monica, California. She has been recognized by the American Humane Association for her tireless work with the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) program among other honors.

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Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton cuddles her dogs on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles in December 2007. The famous heiress and businesswoman is well-known for her affinity for small dogs, and she has brought many tiny canines into her home. Her beloved Tinkerbell, a chihuahua, made headlines in 2004 when she went missing and sparked a nationwide dog-hunt. A $5,000 reward was offered and Tinkerbell was eventually found a week later. Tinkerbell has since written a memoir called "The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton" and a toy manufacturer even sold plush replicas of the pampered pup.

While Paris is a fan of tiny dogs, her discomfort for animals of a larger variety (cows, goats, etc.) were on full display when she worked on a farm in "The Simple Life" reality show. We've been told no animals were harmed during filming of the show.

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Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey has a soft spot for canines. He road-tripped across the country with his beloved mutt, Ms Hud, and discussed the experience with Oprah Winfrey in 2006. "She got diagnosed with cancer in Louisiana on the way east. We got her leg amputated on the way back ... and the night she got me back home, she fell off the bed and looked up and was like, 'Hey man ... I need a little help.' ... I took her to the hospital that morning and her hind legs were paralysed... The doctor said, 'We've amputated hind legs before but that's with dogs who have two front legs.' ... He and I looked at each other and I said, 'Ms Hud, do you wanna be a one-legged dog?' and she looks up and she says, 'Let me move on, Pop,' so we let her move on."

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Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey has been famously upfront about her best friend, Jack the Jack Russell terrier. Mariah and husband Nick Cannon are also the proud parents of baby twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

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Billy Ray Cyrus

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Singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus takes his two dogs out for a walk around his neighborhood in Toluca Lake, Calif. The photo reminds us of Cyrus' classic 1993 song "Ain't Your Dog No More," whose opening lyrics are below:

I've been your hound
But now I'm breaking this chain
Too late to throw me a bone
I'm sick of fetching and sleeping in the rain
Ole Sparky's hittin' the road.

I won't be howlin' 'round your house
Won't be scratchin' your door
Won't be howlin' 'round your house
Ain't your dog no more.