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Kirk Douglas’ Biggest Fans Have Fur

Written by PETA | September 22, 2011

“My wife says I could live without a wife but I could never live without dogs,” jokes Kirk Douglas. The Oscar-winning actor, producer, director, and author recently shared with PETA the lessons in love and friendship that he has learned from his two beloved Labrador retrievers, Danny and Banshee, who are rarely far from his side.

Photo courtesy of Kirk Douglas

Through all the busy years of his impressive career, Douglas says that he has found joy and solace with his dogs. “I’ve had dogs all my life …. They have never failed to give me friendship.”

Banshee, a lively pup, is the newest member of the Douglas family and proved to be a great comfort to Danny and the rest of the Douglases after they lost their beloved Foxy about a year and a half ago. “[Foxy] always had health problems, and he could only see with one eye,” Douglas says. “Danny became his Seeing Eye dog. [Foxy] is buried in our garden in Montecito.”

The relationship that Douglas shares with each of his dogs is irreplaceable. “If I come home and the dogs are not there (they may be at the vet), the house feels empty. If you don’t have a dog, you are missing a lot in life.”

If you’re ready to be a dog’s best friend, visit your local animal shelter or check out Petfinder to see the many adoptable dogs in your area.


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • mole removal home remedy says:

    Me too love dogs very much.. I have a charming dog “Ricky”.. I can’t live a minute without him at my home…Your life is exactly similar to me…

  • Chaina Nelson says:

    It’s great that he likes dogs. But with all his wealth and esp. his fame, he could do alot by speaking up for all animals that are in dire need of immediate help.

  • Monica says:

    I think love for animals it is not enough. We must help them from.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Did Kirk adopt his dogs? It didn’t say so in the article. I hope he did.

  • kathy says:

    Can he have a talk with Catherine Zeta Jones about the fur she wears?

  • sofie says:

    i love dog and i grow with animal dog and cat . my best freind always is dog . they understand you i feel you and nobady they can . they miss u too. i love all animal and there are the best in the world.

  • karla says:

    Dogs are incredibly amazing, good friends, good company and they’ll always be there no matter what. We ( humans) should learn from them the meaning of loyalty and frindhip.