Rachelle Lefevre is not one to break New Year’s resolutions. Just three days after a Dec. 30 Tweet announcing that she planned to adopt a dog, the Twilight star and actor-boyfriend Jamie Thomas King went to Baldwin Park, a Los Angeles-area high-kill shelter, and rescued not one but two pups! “They were both on the ‘at risk’ list,” Lefevre tells PEOPLEPets.com. “If no one rescued them within the week they were going to be put down.” In an instant, cocker spaniel Momma Bear and miniature poodle Jack Sprat were given a second chance at life.
Lefevre, a big proponent of animal rescue, lost her dog Honey on Dec. 17. “Jamie and I miss her every day and still talk about her all the time,” she says. “When you take on the responsibility of an animal you know that if nature goes according to plan, then most likely you will outlive them – it’s just part of the deal.” So Lefevre decided that rescuing a new pooch (or two!) would honor Honey in the sweetest way.
Immediately after adopting Momma Bear, 5, and Jack Sprat, 4 – both of whom she felt an “instant connection” to – Lefevre took them to the Healthy Spot for a bath and a trim. “They were so dirty and Momma Bear’s coat was a mess,” she says. “After baths and haircuts they were so much happier and more comfortable, so bonding was easier.”
Now, the pups are settling well into their new home. “We haven’t experienced a single moment of aggression from them,” Lefevre boasts. “They follow us into every room like, ‘Now what are we doing?’ It’s amazing!”
Though Lefevre is happy to give them free reign, Big Momma does have some rules – particularly when it comes to her diet. Tweeting that the pup has to lose 10 lbs., the actress says she’s put her on a low-calorie, organic meal plan. “She gets a hike every day, no exceptions. But even in the time we’ve had her, she’s had twice as much energy and already looks better.” As for people food? Only when Lefevre boils chicken breast – “which they lose their minds for!”
Catch Lefevre in the new drama The Deep End, premiering tomorrow night on ABC.
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