The actress once asked for Cesar Millan’s help with a rescue dog

By People Staff
Updated April 20, 2010 06:00 PM

Before Cesar Millan was the Dog Whisperer, he was just a trainer with a reputation for having a way with aggressive pit bulls. And before Lisa Edelstein was playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, she was working on her acting career while keeping up her lifelong passion of rescuing animals.

One of her rescues, an American Eskimo mix named Wolf E., brought Edelstein and Millan together.

“Cesar was like a little pit bull himself!” Edelstein tells Cesar’s Way magazine in its May issue. “He was the alpha dog, establishing himself as the leader by walking out front. And I began to see what I was doing wrong.”

Edelstein has been rescuing animals since she was 11, when she first took in a pregnant stray cat. Many dog and cat rescues later, she is now the proud owner two rescue dogs, Shazam and Kapow.

“It takes very little to make the dogs feel happy,” Edelstein says. “And then you feel better about yourself.”

For more about Lisa Edelstein and her rescue adventures, check out the latest issue of Cesar’s Way, on newsstands now.