Lifestyle Pets Oprah and Sadie Smile for O The daytime queen poses with pups for the June issue of her magazine By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 12, 2009 07:27 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It’s a puppy party! Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey poses with her new rescue puppy, Sadie (top left), and a pack of four-legged friends for the June cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands May 19. The shot was taken at the PAWS no-kill Chicago shelter, where Winfrey found Sadie. Themed “The Animals Issue,” the June magazine examines the bonds owners share with their animals – and the lessons our pets teach us. Winfrey knows first-hand about the human-animal bond. A lifelong pet owner, she adopted Sadie after the photo shoot, saying, “Out of all the pups in that picture, Sadie was the one I felt an instant connection with.” (The four remaining pooches in the photo were eventually adopted, too.) Days later, she adopted Sadie’s brother Ivan, but then tragedy struck: After a few weeks at home, both pups were diagnosed with the deadly parvo virus. Winfrey retold the story on the Mar. 20 episode of her show, and shares her experiences in her June “What I Know for Sure” column. She writes, “I’d been through parvo 13 years before, with my brown cocker, Solomon. It nearly killed him. He stayed in the hospital for 20 days. He was over a year old when he got it. Ivan was only 11 weeks. His young immune system wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. Four days after we took Ivan to the emergency clinic, he died.” She says of Sadie’s own experience with the parvovirus, “The first four days, she got increasingly worse. At one point I told her doctor, ‘I’m prepared to let her go. She shouldn’t have to fight this hard.’ ” But the next day, Sadie started to improve and happily, she is now fully recovered. Though still mourning the loss of Ivan, the media mogul is enjoying hitting the all-important new-dog milestones with her blonde cocker spaniel puppy. She writes, “One thing I know for sure: I can’t begin to repay my own dogs for the flat-out joy they bring me.” VIDEO: Meet Sadie here!