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Mickey Rourke Loves His Dogs

Written by PETA | January 12, 2009
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Mickey Rourke

Ah, awards season. My favorite time of year. Last night I watched the Golden Globe Awards on pins and needles, and I’ve already begun my countdown to the Oscars. But the best part of the Globes last night wasn’t Sacha Baron Cohen making everyone squirm in their seats while he rightfully hated on Madonna—it was Mickey Rourke’s win for his role in The Wrestler and his moving and heartwarming thank-you speech.

While Rourke thanked his co-stars, his agent, and, yes, even Bruce Springsteen, the most memorable part of his speech was when he thanked his dogs and said, “Sometimes when a man’s alone, that’s all you’ve got is your dog. They’ve meant the world to me.”

Well said, Mickey! I think we can all relate to that. It’s about time for the furry, loyal companions who give so much love and adoration to their guardians to get recognized.

Another animal-friendly winner we love from last night was Alec Baldwin for his role in 30 Rock. Although he’s been in roughly 5 trillion films and TV appearances that have all been brilliant, he’ll always be our own special star for his fantastic narration of “Meet Your Meat.”

Written by Christine Doré

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  • Devika says:

    Mickey deserved to win the Oscarit’s a shame he didn’t. Kudos to him for speaking up for dogs and animal rights.

  • Mindy says:

    Yeah! Mickey Rourke for remembering your dogs. When it’s the bottom the dogs make it the top!

  • vivian thompson says:

    Thanks for being a great person and taking the time to support animal rights. Your sincerity is clear and impactful. Keep up the good work don’t change and God bless.

  • tracy o'neill says:

    its always great when celebs speak up and show their love for animals. Hopefully the meatheads will take notice and become compassinate in the treatment of animals. Well done Mickey and all the best for the future.

  • SoBe girl says:

    When I lived in Miami I often ventured to the Sunday night parties at the Raleigh hotel. One Sun. night at the Raleigh I sat at a table with a few celebrities Mickey Rourke was one of them. Around 2am Mickey Rourke stood up to leave and I saw an adorable plump white chihuahua nestled in his arms. This rugged bad boy oviously has heart and character! He’s one cool cat to bring his pup out with him! His acceptance speech was so genuine and touching! I have had a similar experience in that I got severely depressed felt abandoned and alone. My chihuahua was the only thing that I felf connected to. I knew my chihuahua loved me when I felt nobody else did! Amazing how these precious pups are like little angels right?

  • gizmo says:

    mickey please do something about the puppy mills. They are destroying and abusing our canine friends. They are the biggest contributors to the over population in shelters. Please Help!!! and thanks for speaking up for the dogs and giving them their due.

  • Maureen says:

    Mickey I know exactly what you mean congratulations on your well deserved win and thanks for speaking out for our canine friends!

  • seth lim says:

    yea mickey rourke really nailed it. thanking his dogs is true wisdom. im also down and out now im so glad i still have my dog. i have nothing good to say about g o d so i will shut up now.

  • lynda downie says:

    Yay! Glad you won Mickey! Thanks for giving your companions the thanks they deserve.

  • Timothy J. Verret says:

    Mickey Rourke is proof that you can’t count anyone out. Who woulda’ thunk he’d make such a comeback. And a compassionate comeback at that! “8910 Mickey betta’ win” the Best Actor Oscar!!!

  • kelly says:

    But I just saw his spay neuter piece You are great Mickey!! Thank you for being a real man and speaking up for the animals

  • kelly says:

    If only Mickey Rourke could become a spokesman for the puppy mill situation Chihuahuas especially are tortured by these greedy inhuman pouppy mill breeders