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27 Dresses . . . and Too Many Dogs to Count

Katherine Heigl and hubby Josh Kelley certainly have a pack of pooches to take care of! Three of their pups took an adventure yesterday to the vet's office in Los Angeles. Now, even though I thought she had four dogs, I keep stumbling upon a very recent quote where she says she has five. Hmmm, I smell a mystery.

Just so I won't be the only one unable to follow the picture trail of her dog ownership, let's go back in time, shall we? Now, off the bat, I remembered she was a judge for the nationwide Old Navy mascot search and I found a magazine blurb describing the announcement of the contest (on April 28, 2006) that said she owned three dogs including a Shih Tzu named Maggie and that she recently adopted a German Shepherd mix named Anderson. Sweet, I thought. Three dogs down, two to go.

Buuuuuut . . . flash forward to Feb. 19, 2007 when she appeared on Martha Stewart to talk about the fund-raising work she was doing with Pedigree. While on air, she shows that black-and-white pic and describes her pets "from the top left: Weezer, Stella, Romeo, and Piper (a rescue)." Eeks! No Maggie and no Anderson. Four pups down, two missing, and one to go.

I'm no stranger to changing a pup's name, but even in black and white, that dog looked pretty dark to be the same "Anderson" from that earlier article. And, while it seemed possible that Maggie could have passed away, I couldn't imagine Anderson being gone as well. But, since I've seen photos of a black pooch called Anderson, I was at a loss, and beginning to think it was possible that Anderson and Piper were in fact the same dog. (If you're as interested in solving this mystery as I am,


Nope, that would be too easy. I was still banking on hearing her name off dogs as the most legit source I've got. As I looked back through photos in the gallery, I was once again thrown for a loop. Check out her hubby holding the leash of two large dogs, which bear uncanny resemblances to Piper and Anderson. Because Maggie's last appearance (that I could find) was in early 2006, I was more willing to bet this pooch was out of the picture than I was to deny the photograph.

So, I'm gonna venture a guess and say that she in fact does have five dogs (Weezer, Stella, Romeo, Piper, and Anderson) and assume that the black dog is Piper and the shepherd-looking pup is Anderson. If Anderson resided with Josh before they were married (she could have "gifted" him like the pup she adopted for co-star/ BFF TR Knight), he wouldn't technically be her dog when she was on Martha, and, now that she's newly married – they're up to a collective five. I'm hoping, if she does in fact decide to star in Lost and Found, that she'll once again share and confirm her pooches' names. Until then, we'll just have to come to our own conclusions!


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alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
She could also hold a permit allowing her to have more wackdoodle. I thought my two were a handful!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
May question is more many cities in SoCal have limits on how many dogs one family can have - she might be close to the city limit on dogs. Nothing worse than having Animal Control show up at your door and say one of your friends has to come with them cause there's only 3 to a house.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
i agree, quite a mystery
deanMartin deanMartin 9 years
my dogs name is (dean) Martin, i call him Martin, Dean Martin and of course dino. same dog Piper Anderson is a black female performance artist speaking out against domestic violence
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
how intreguing. i think piper is the shepard/shiba mix.
dreamlover823 dreamlover823 9 years
The fact that she's a dog lover is all I need to hear. Fun to read on the mystery though!
aembry396 aembry396 9 years
fun stuff, pet!!! It is like Nancy Drew/True Hollywood Story/Animal Planet all in one.
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