From her performance as pig-tail wearing, pint-sized Gertie in E.T. to her Golden Globe-winning characterization in the HBO original movie Grey Gardens, Drew Barrymore has captivated audiences on both the silver and small screen, but perhaps her most rewarding role is that of real life pet parent. The romcom queen recently introduced fans to her latest fur baby Douglas, who happens to share the same birthday (February 22nd) as his movie star Mom.
Over the years the actress has opened her heart and home to a passel of pets, including Highla Flopsie, Templeton, a mixed breed named Vivian, and a dog whose incessant barks saved the star’s life in 2001, Flossie. Rescued by the actress from a Pasadena flea market in 1996, the Yellow Labrador/Chow enjoyed a long and rewarding life before crossing Rainbow Bridge at the age of 16. Barrymore gave her faithful Fido a touching farewell, sprinkling some of her pawed pal’s ashes in the waters of India’s Ganges River.
Barrymore is currently promoting her latest romantic comedy, Going the Distance— a title which equally applies to the star’s feelings for our four-legged friends. The actress has been involved with a number of animal organizations, including the ASPCA, The Rescue Train, Much Love Animal Rescue and Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Watch as Drew Barrymore and David Letterman discuss the differing temperaments of their tail-wagging chums in the following CBS clip:
Drew Barrymore shared the spotlight with her former shelter dog Vivian in the following clip from Adopt-a-Pet:
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