Bethenny Frankel Talks How Her Dogs Changed Her Life & Encourages Others To ‘Adopt Not Shop’
by Bethany Braun-Silva
Bethenny Frankel is an avid dog lover. Anyone who’s seen an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City will tell you of the incredible bond she has with her pups. In fact, her dog Cookie, (who sadly passed two years ago), was the inspiration for her bestselling children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut and Frankel also adopted two other dogs named Biggy and Smallz back in 2016. “I’m an animal lover. I’m a rescue pet proponent and believer that it’s the most selfless act,” she told Parenting in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “There are 3.3 million pets in shelters that really need homes and they have amazing personalities and they know they’ve been rescued. I know that sounds crazy,” she said. “But I believe in energy and they give so much back!”
And Frankel knows all about giving back! She started the BStrong Foundation to provide assistance to those in crisis and she recently teamed up with Moose Toys for National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month to help launch their Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue toys. “The Scruff-a- Luvs partnership is incredible because in and of itself its an amazing toy that you can wash and dry with water and brush,” Frankel said. “Which is everything kids like. Kids want to nurture a pet, Brynn [Frankel’s 9-year-old daughter] always wants to wash stuffed animals, now she can, she can feed it a bottle and then you find out whether you have a cat or dog, and continue to nurture it, which is what you do with a rescue.”
For families that might be on the fence about adopting, Frankel has some words of advice. “It’s like a relationship. You go through some rough spots but then you get to such a great place! It [adopting Biggy and Smallz] is the greatest thing I ever did,” she revealed. “Once you get through the house training, then you’re just so happy. You’re home alone or had a break up and your dog is there to make you feel better. They’re loyal, it’s unconditional love. They are furry family members. I cant say enough about it!”
Check out the Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue toy below, and other amazing offerings from Moose Toys.