They, don’t call them man’s best friends for nothing. We love every inch of them, from their fluffy coats and precious paws to their exuberant yowls and adorable wagging tails. Dogs are incredible pets and can provide some level of emotional support to those in need.
And in honor of National Dog Day, which happens on August 26th each year, we take a look at some black celebrities who love their fluffy four-legged pooches as much as we do.
It is estimated that there are more than 900 million dogs worldwide, according to the Pet Pedia website, and they all come in different sizes and in more than 150 different breeds. Sometimes we are so attached to our pets that we even consider them part of our family. A recent study compiled by CNBC suggested that pet adoption also increased during the pandemic, with millennials causing the sudden boom. 89% of Americans surveyed said they chose to adopt a furry friend in order to feel a little less lonely during the pandemic. This makes perfect sense, as dogs certainly make great companions – and dogs are necessary for some – especially people who might be suffering from disorders like anxiety and depression. Research has shown that service dogs can help improve the quality of life of their owners by “giving them back a sense of independence and some freedom from their disturbance,” notes US Service Animals.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, “63.4 million American households have at least one dog. ”Caring for our former barky loved ones is often also expensive. Annual APPA statistics show pet owners spent nearly $ 30.2 billion on veterinary bills and products in 2020, but what can we do? We need to make sure our pooches come for their annual visits, and serious dog owners know that health checkups are essential to the well-being of their beloved fur babies.
So what are your favorite dogs? Do you fall in love every time you see a Corky wobbling down the street or do you stare in awe at a Dalmatian walking by with its beautiful black and white spots? Maybe you like Bloodhounds and their droopy ears and eyes, or maybe you like them fluffy and small like Pekingnese or York Terriers. Whatever you like, there’s a little pooch for everyone out there.
Let’s take a look at some famous dog lovers who are absolutely obsessed with their fuzzy loves.
1. Simone Biles
After Simone Biles dominated the Olympic flour with gold medal moves, the 7-time all-round winner goes home to play with her two fluffy friends. Biles owns a French Bulldog named Lilo and a Golden Retriever named Kea.
2. Megan Thee stallion
The rapper and Grammy-winning artist welcomed an adorable French bulldog named 4oe to her home last year. The precious puppy even has an Instagram for fans to follow his daily adventures. 4oe already shone by the star’s side in July when he appeared in a fashion campaign for Gucci and Bape’s latest collaborative line.
3. Taye Diggs
The “Private Practice” star and actor absolutely loves dogs. He owns a golden retriever named Mixty. In 2018, Taye Diggs partnered with pet health food company Royal Canin to help people looking to adopt a dog make the best choices in creating healthy homes for their new fur babies.
Ciara owns not one, not two, but three Great Danes! The star recently hired celebrity dog trainer Cesar Milan to train her giant pooches.
Usher is “so caught up” with his precious Golden-Doodle Scarlett. The “Yeah” crooner bought the fluffy puppy back in 2018 and they have been inseparable ever since.
“She’s my street dog, man,” Usher told PEOPLE of his loyal pooch. “In some of my toughest times, she’s always with me.”
Scarlett also came with a heavy price tag. The star reportedly paid $ 12,000 to take home the special golden retriever and poodle mix, according to US Weekly.
The founder of Fenty Beauty reportedly owns two dogs – a Maltese and Poodle mix named Oliver and a precious little dog named Pepe, but his breed remains unknown.
7. President Obama
Although he’s no longer with us, we don’t want to praise Bo, the former president’s family dog. The beloved Portuguese water race took office with the Obamas when the family first welcomed him in 2009, and he remained the president’s most trusted companion until his death in May that year. After Bo’s death, Michelle Obama wrote an emotional letter explaining the importance of the big fluffy pooch to the family.
“Bo has been a constant comforting presence in our lives for more than a decade,” the statement reads. “He was there when the girls came home from school and greeted them with a joke. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, strolling into one of our offices as if he owned the house, a ball stuck in his teeth. He was there when we flew Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our life slowed down, he was there too – he helped us get the girls off to college and get used to life as empty nests. “
8. Kevin Hart
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Kevin Hart owns two strong Dobermans named Roxy and Roscoe and they look like they’re going to be glued to the star any minute!