How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Two Dogs Are Adjusting to Life in Canada
Before getting a dog with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex was already an animal lover and an "adopt don't shop" proponent
One of the earliest signs that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were serious about a move to North America, was the fact that they brought both of their dogs (Meghan's beagle Guy and the couple's new Labrador) with them during their holiday in Canada at the end of 2019.
And their four-legged friends have already adjusted to the abundant nature surrounding their new home.
The couple were even spotted out on a hike with the couple. Asymina Kantorowicz encountered the couple during a New Year's Day hike. She told PEOPLE that the pups were already across the pond: "They had two dogs with them, and we wanted to pet one."
In August 2018, PEOPLE confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expanded their family - with a new four-legged friend!
The couple got a dog - believed to be a Labrador - in early summer, and the pooch was first spotted joining them in the Cotswolds area of the U.K. He was brought home to the couple's former Kensington Palace home of Nottingham Cottage.
But the latest addition was hardly the Duchess's first dog: Meghan has a long history with animals (and animal rescue), dating back to the adoption of her first pup, Bogart, whom she brought home at the behest of Ellen DeGeneres.
Meghan once told Best Health that she was in a dog shelter when DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi came in.
"Now, I don't now her, but Ellen goes 'Is that your dog?' And I said, 'No,' and she's like, 'You have to take that dog.' And I said, 'Well, I'm deciding.' And she's like, 'Rescue the dog!' " Markle recalled. "It's sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something. I'm sitting there holding him and she's like 'Have you thought of a name for him yet?' And I said, 'Well, I think I'd name him Bogart,' and she's like 'You're taking the dog home.' "
Markle continued, "And she walks outside to get into her car but instead of getting in she turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells 'Take the dog!' And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to."
Meghan rescued her second dog, a beagle named Guy, in 2015 from Ontario's A Dog's Dream Rescue.
Before becoming royalty, the pup ended up at Montgomery County Animal Shelter, a kill shelter in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. From his home state in America, Guy was transported by volunteers to A Dog's Dream Rescue, after the American facility contacted the rescue group to see if it had room to take in and adopt out Guy.
How lucky he was: Meghan found him via Petfinder, filled out an adoption application within minutes of contacting the rescue, and took the pup home after she fell in love face-to-face at a shelter event.
Guy wasembedded into Meghan's new royal life, moving to London with her and even staying at her feet as she sat for her hair and makeup on her wedding morning.
Guy faced a slight setback in late 2017 when he reportedly broke two legs, though later recovered. It wasn't long before then that Meghan opened up to reporters about her pups during the couple's engagement interview.
"I have two dogs that I've had for quite a long time, both my rescue pups," she shared. "And [Bogart] is now staying with very close friends and my other little guy is - yes, he's in the U.K., he's been here for a while."
Meghan's animal attraction was on full display in July 2018, when she joined Prince Harry on a trip to Ireland.
During the second day of the couple's royal tour, Meghan and Prince Harry met with President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina at their official residence. The newlyweds were greeted by their hosts' dogs, Brod, a male, and Sioda, a female, on a walk around the grounds.
After the tour of the residence, the dogs really showed how much they enjoyed Meghan's company. When the foursome walked to the garden, Brod and Sioda ran over to Meghan and Harry to be petted, barking at journalists along the way. The dogs stayed with them almost the whole visit - they were begging for attention from their visitors even as they said their farewells.
In the couple's post-engagement interview in late 2017, Prince Harry revealed that Meghan's dog whispering abilities extended into his family, as well.
"The [Queen's corgis, not pictured] took to her straight away. I've spent the last 33 years being barked at - this one walks in, absolutely nothing," he joked.
"They were laying on my feet during tea," Meghan shared.
Harry added: "Just wagging tails - and I was just like, argh."
No, this photo isn't of Prince Harry, Meghan or Guy, but Meghan's love of dogs is so well known that even the royal couple's wax figures were recently photographed with a beagle pup.