Drew Barrymore Talks Dogs

The actress says she and her dog Flossie are "still in love” after 14 years.

Posted: April 28, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Drew Barrymore has one true love: her dog, Flossie. “She and I are still in love 14 years … that is a relationship that works,” Barrymore confesses on last week’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The actress says she lost two dogs, Templeton and Vivian, last year. “Vivian was so in love with Templeton that the minute he passed on, she was like, ‘I can’t take life without him,’” the actress says.

Barrymore spread the dogs’ ashes on their favorite stretch of Malibu beach. “Of course it went like “The Big Lebowski” and all the ashes blew back in my face,” she laughs. “But it was really wonderful, and their ashes went together into the ocean.”

Barrymore, who stars in HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” says Labrador Retriever Flossie is “like a puppy” now that she’s top dog in Barrymore’s life.

“Flossie is like, ‘I’ve been waiting 14 years for the spotlight!” Barrymore laughs. “I’m pretty sure that if I got another puppy, [Flossie] would be like, ‘I’m outta here.’”

“Grey Gardens,” costarring Jessica Lange, debuts on HBO this month.


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Vera   Laguna Niguel, CA

7/23/2010 11:41:34 AM

After reading the story from Drew Barrymore, her story did really touch my heart. Me, myself completely do agree that any pets can really be peoples therapy somehow. We all do know that dogs or any other pets do have & do give their unconditional love to all of us, don't they? I always called my puppy Koko is my medicine of my stresses. I came home from work. And by looking at him he can't wait to see me with his little clock ticker tail (boxers' trade mark tails) wiggling very happy. That always makes me smiles & laugh especially getting his sweet kisses. I right away hugged him tidily & all of my stresses gone suddenly.

Another things from Drew Barrymore story, I could feel in the deepest of my heart, she does have a very beautiful soft heart. Her story touches my feeling deep where now I lost my puppy boxer - Koko. It has been many month went by (very close to 1 year), I still can't get thru my loss. He is always a hyper & energetic puppy to me, even though until he was grown up. My deep loss is too deep where I can't see the bottom of it. Just like deep Pacific ocean which almost impossible to see the bottom of it. I lost him because he was sick for a little while. And I'm never able to say word "died". So I keep using the word "lost." Because I just can't and I'll never will be able to. He's still life to me somehow. Because realistically, I'm still getting the dreams about him until now. Especially when the 2nd night I've just lost him, believe or not Koko my puppy came to me in my dream to say goodbye. I do still remember that dream, he opened my bedroom door, jumped on my bed & gave me sweet kisses. He wanted me to hug him tidily then he was disappeared. Just like that.. I was shocked & woke up right away. I did feel him very clearly & I could smelled him. Then after that I saw him on another dreams, he was running around happy & hyper in a beautiful open field.

It's so painful & so hard to believe that is really happening. And now I only have his ashes. I remember at that day, I was completely devastated once I arrived & went to pick up him up at a cremated place. I was frozen & speechless once they brought him out in a urn. He is a big size boy and he did look small in that urn...?? I couldn't see him like that. I just quickly signed him off and rushing running away & crying got into my car with him in my arm. I kept crying while I was driving on the way back with my puppy Koko next to me. I was bowling tears so badly. I took my puppy Koko to his favorite beach in Crystal Cove, Newport. I was walking along with him in my arm. It's almost a year anniversary of the loss of my beloved puppy Koko now. I really thanking to Allen DeGeneres' great & wonderful idea by putting cute dogs & cats faces onto stamps. I bought them right away for my office & for my self. My beloved puppy Koko is still life in my heart & my mind. And he will always be in my life.

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Kate   Los Angeles, CA

7/23/2010 8:10:55 AM

I've had both cats and dogs all my life. Thank God, because they helped me survive some really terrible events--parents with alcohol problems, sexual assault, and childhood illnesses. Without my cat's consistent unconditional love I probably would not be here today. Today, although I approach human relationships with a bit of wariness, I have no trouble trusting, relating to animals.

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Linda   Mesa, AZ

7/23/2010 7:58:07 AM

My dog has always been my best friend, she is always there for me and also my cat Cookie who thinks she is a dog. They love me and they love each other, unconditional love is the best love of all and they love me for who I am and don't care how much money I make or how bad I look. Its pure Love.

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Mike   Erwinna, PA

7/23/2010 7:15:52 AM

We Love Drew and we Love Flossie!!!!!Great Story...Mike In PA

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