February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day, and so for the next 24 hours, you should expect to see your social media feeds alive with love for all sorts of furry friends. We, at Vogue, are here for it (as if you had any doubt), and with good reason! According to academic research, we turn to adorable dog-themed Instagram accounts when we’re feeling blue because seeing cute creatures invokes our “baby schema” response, or caretaking impulse for anything that reminds us of infants (like large heads; high-protruding foreheads; big, round eyes; and smiley demeanors). What’s more, a study from Hiroshima University in Japan recently found that these images actually improve our concentration for detail-oriented tasks by narrowing the scope of our frazzled attention spans to a single, happy-inducing photo or video.
So take a minute to recenter yourself and scroll through our roundup below of some of the most cared-for celebrity pets, from George Clooney’s porcine diva pal, to Oprah Winfrey’s dogs, who may be even more coddled than Queen Elizabeth’s. But, whatever! Nothing’s too good for our beloveds.
Paris Hilton’s Dogs
Tinkerbell, the chihuahua who tucked loyally under Hilton’s armpit for 14 years, was much more than her best accessory. But since the pup’s passing in 2015, Hilton has found love again with a host of lap-size doggos, for whom she even created a personalized estate, as revealed in an interview last year. The two-story mansion, which apparently features air-conditioning, heating, and designer furniture, was built to resemble her own home, which she describes as, “Elegant, girly, comfortable, pink, and beautiful.” The dogs are also privy to balcony access and serene, garden views. Loves it!
George Clooney’s Pig
Max the pig unfortunately passed away in 2006, but was nonetheless one of the most adored celebrity pets to date. The 300-pound Vietnamese potbellied pig, originally a gift of Clooney’s to an ex-girlfriend, was apparently a formidable influence in the actor’s life, and thought by many to be one of the reasons he maintained his bachelor status for so long. According to Clooney’s journalist father, who wrote about Max for the Cincinnati Inquirer, the pig would “lumber over to the front door and lie down lengthwise over the welcome mat, completely blocking the entrance. He then grunted and squealed until someone brought him breakfast.” Max also insisted on sleeping in Clooney’s bed, which scared away many a girlfriend. As Clooney himself put it in an interview, “You get a lot of grief from people when you sleep with a pig.”
The Obama Family Dogs
We miss the Obamas’ Portuguese water dogs almost as much as we miss the actual family. Is there anything better than that video of Michelle Obama’s final walk-through of the White House with Sunny and Bo at her side?
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Dogs
Puddy, Pepper, Penny, Pippa, and Pooey are all bulldogs at the Teigen-Legend homestead, and regularly on the receiving end of some rather royal treatment, like holiday-themed dress-up sessions with Teigen and manicures from her mother. In 2015, Legend even threw a wedding party for Pippa and Puddy, where he serenaded them with his hit “All of Me” as they waddled down the aisle.
Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbirds
You haven’t yet lived until you’ve experienced former The Hills antagonist Spencer Pratt’s Instagram, which largely consists of selfie videos wherein he holds up honey-filled bird feeders alarmingly close to his face for his hummingbird friends to feast on. They oblige, and seemingly feel more comfortable being close to him than than any human might.
Audrey Hepburn’s Dog
Hepburn was apparently so attached to her dog (brilliantly named Mr. Famous) that he appeared on set with her in a scene for Funny Face in 1957. He was a constant presence at her side, and even inspired a Yorkshire Terrier craze in Hollywood at the time. After Mr. Famous’s death, Hepburn was apparently so distraught that Mel Ferrer gifted her another Yorkie pup, named Assam of Assam.
Elvis Presley’s Monkey
Presley had a host of pets, but none were so dear to him as his chimpanzee, Scatter. Reportedly, Scatter had a lot of fun lifting the skirts of girls around him and generally wreaking havoc wherever Presley took him (which was everywhere). Eventually, he became too rowdy for even his owner to take on tour, and had to be sent back to stay at Graceland, Presley’s Tennessee estate, where he remained for the rest of his days.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat
Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s fluffy white cat, is probably the ultimate in fashionable felines, having graced the pages of countless fashion magazines and possessing over 100,000 Instagram followers on a fan account. Lagerfeld is so besotted with her that, during an interview with CNN, he expressed his sadness over the fact that their relationship could in fact not progress further. “There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals,” he said. “I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.”
Oprah Winfrey’s Dogs
Winfrey’s canine companions—Sadie, Sunny, Layla, Luke, and Lauren—are less pups than what the icon calls “little people with fur who open my heart open a little wider.” They are also reportedly protected by a jaw-dropping $30 million trust, should anything happen to the American treasure that is their owner.
Ellen Pompeo’s “Farm”
Pompeo is a lover of animals, and is involved with the ASPCA and several organizations protecting the rights of creatures across the globe. As for her own pets, she recently opened up about her four dogs, four chickens, and one fish on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Of the adoption agency from which she got her most recent pup, Lily, she spoke about the importance of rescuing dogs in need. “They do so much for animals and keep them out of kill shelters and I can’t say enough about them and the dog that I rescued from them,” Pompeo said. “They just want to feel safe.”
Ariana Grande’s Dogs
Grande’s nine rescue dogs are named Fawkes, Pignoli, Ophelia, Toulouse, Coco, Sirius, Cinnamon, Strauss, and Lafayette, and often accompany her on tour (as seen through her Instagram).