Inside Kellie Pickler’s ‘Doghouse’

Singer says her pets, including a Chihuahua, Lab puppy and a monkey, are her family.

Posted: July 23, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Kellie Pickler is in love … with a menagerie of pets, including her “metrosexual” Chihuahua MooMoo, Labrador Retriever puppy Nala, a python, and a cat named Pickles.

“I really have a circus,” laughs the 22-year-old star to People. “When I first came to Nashville, I didn’t have any friends or family out here.”

Pets have always served as surrogate family of sorts for the singer, who hails from a troubled broken home in rural North Carolina. “Animals have filled so many voids,” she says.

Pickler finished sixth on the fifth season of “American Idol,” and laughs that her Chihuahua MooMoo is an unabashed clothes horse. “MooMoo has a lot of clothes and goes to the puppy parlor to get pampered,” Pickler giggles.

And Pickler’s pet peeve? People who don’t understand her bond with animals. “I hate when people say an animal isn’t going to heaven,” she says. “I don’t think you can look in a dog’s eyes and think they don’t have a soul!”


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Steve   Elburn, IL

9/6/2009 11:41:21 AM

Kellie Pickler performed at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 2008 and 2009. The Cheyenne Rodeo is perhaps the most cruel rodeo in the world. It is very hard to understand how someone who claims to love animals can partner with such a vicious and brutal group of people.

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Darl   Houlton, ME

9/6/2009 8:04:31 AM

We're saddened that Ms. Pickler, a confirmed animal lover, chooses to perform at rodeos, where animals are routinely abused in order to enhance the rodeo contestants' scores and paychecks. At this year's Cheyenne rodeo in July where she perform, at least one horse death was confirmed, while the condition of others was not released because the rodeo felt the public does not have the right to know.

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aischa   shamokin, PA

7/23/2009 9:51:54 PM

ilove pets too i have rabbits cats hamsters and want a dog i like kellie pickler

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Carol   Hillsborough, NC

7/23/2009 8:45:33 PM

Pets always love you and are thrilled to see you and shower you with their love and kisses. My Dogs never judge me nor yell at me all they want is love, a good home and healthy food. Without them life sure would be dull and unfilled.

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