They called it puppy love: Stars and their pets

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Publish Date
Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:58PM
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Kiwis love their pets. According to statistics released last year, we have some of the highest pet ownership numbers in the world.

And celebs are no different when it comes to worshipping fur babies. (Except for the fact their pets are often expensive, purebred and – in some instances – have their own wildly popular social media accounts.)

Nadine Higgins (formerly Nadine Chalmers-Ross)

Former TVNZ star Nadine Higgins is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady and crazy dog lady, sharing her home with a cat named Oscar and an almost 40kg German Shepherd named Rico (and new husband Dan Higgins, of course).

Rico, whom Higgins refers to as her "bestie", is never far from his humans' side – he even played a part in the couple's recent wedding ceremony, wearing his own tuxedo jacket for the festivities.


Sundays with my bestie #dogsofinstagram #kakamatua

A post shared by Nadine Higgins (@nadinechalmersr) on Apr 9, 2017 at 2:30pm PDT


Urzila Carlson

Performing overseas means comedian Urzila Carlson doesn’t get to see as much of her beloved Labrador, Molly, as she’d like.

Currently in Melbourne as part of the city’s Comedy Festival, Carlson told her Instagram fans: "I miss my bitch so much when I’m away!"

And who could blame her? Just look at that face.



Chrystal Chenery

As the fur baby of former Bachelorette Chrystal Chenery and her beau Ricky Cave, Bruce-Lee the French Bulldog is living the high life.

He has his own Instagram account (with more than 730 followers), which details his many adventures, including road trips, beach swims, brunch with Mummy's Bachelorette friends, stand up paddle boarding and barking at vacuum cleaners.

Yep, this little dude has got it made – and some attitude to boot.


Cruising in my drop top 😂

A post shared by Bruce-Lee (@bruce_lee_the_frenchie) on Apr 18, 2017 at 2:38am PDT


Julian Savea

From one cute Frenchie to another. Purchased from the same breeder as Chenery's Bruce-Lee, Rocky Savea is the third dog to join Julian Savea's family. (He and his wife also have two Samoyeds, Mia and Sanchez.)

The Savea dog squad also have their own Instagram accounts. And to potentially make you feel bad about your own paltry Instagram following, the Samoyeds have more than 1,500 followers, while their little brother Rocky already has more than 1,800.

Chenery and Savea's wife Fatima have previously talked about getting their French Bulldog brothers together for a play date. But proceed with caution, ladies. The internet may just implode from the cuteness of it all.


Walks with dad and @miaandchez_ #SamoyedSiblings #RockyTheFrenchie

A post shared by Rocky Savea (@rocky_savea) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:10pm PST


Hurricanes canines

Those Super Rugby stars sure do love their dogs - Julian and Fatima Savea are far from the only Hurricanes crew members with a bunch of fur babies in tow.

Beauden Barrett and Hannah Laity are the proud parents of an all-black Miniature Schnauzer, Monty; TJ Perenara and Greer Samuel are besotted with their "little darling"; Ardie Savea and Saskia Hartmann have a couple of huskies; and Nehe Milner-Skudder and Hanna Tevita have recently welcomed puppies Olive and Wiremu to their family.



Morning 😍🐶. #BeYou

A post shared by Tj Perenara (@tj_perenara) on Apr 18, 2017 at 2:04pm PDT


Enjoying the Welly sun with me mates ☀️😎🐶🤘🏾 #Kylo #Kota #SundayFunday

A post shared by Ardie Savea (@ardiesavea) on Mar 4, 2017 at 7:56pm PST



ZM Fur Babies

Let us not forget the two adorable balls of fluff that sparked an Instagram war between ZM colleagues Carl Fletcher and Megan Sellers.

Last August saw Fletch and his cat called Karen (Kaz) square off against Sellers and her dog, Leo James, in an online popularity contest.

Although it didn't end up being much of a contest after Sellers accidentally locked herself out of her dog’s Instagram account and Fletch managed to get Joe Jonas' endorsement for Kaz. Kaz the Cat snared 13,700 Instagram followers, while Leo wound up with 6,700 by the time the battle was over.

Although both pets look to have bright modelling careers ahead of them.


Formal Monday nights 😹 thanks @animatesnz #britishshorthair

A post shared by Kaz the Cat (@acatcalledkaren) on Jan 15, 2017 at 10:09pm PST


Leo James modeling the latest in wet weather gear.

A post shared by Megan Sellers (@meganlouisesellers) on Apr 16, 2017 at 3:29pm PDT


Louise Wallace

Anne Batley Burton isn't the only crazy cat lady of The Real Housewives of Auckland.

Louise Wallace also shares her home with a couple of cats, one of SPCA pedigree and one who is better known as the Princess of Paritai on Instagram. (Yes, another pet with an Instagram account.)

Wallace's Ragdoll beauty is described as a full-time diva and professional napper, which sounds like most cats.

But not all cats are as beautiful as this one...


Miss Majestic! Check out my page @princessofparitai 🐈

A post shared by Louise Wallace (@louisewallacenz) on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:25am PST


Angela Bloomfield

Actress and director Angela Bloomfield is also the proud owner of a couple of exotically beautiful cats, Suki the Bengal and a Birman who goes by the name of Mickey Blue Eyes. (And yes, both cats have Instagram pages, but have got a little way to go before they can boast a following like some of their counterparts above.)

Living in a creative household has obviously rubbed off on Mickey, who is a natural in front of the camera, too.


Max's photo session with Mickey #kidsoninsta

A post shared by Angela Houston (@angebloomfield) on Apr 16, 2017 at 2:08pm PDT


Ingrid Hipkiss

Finally, we have the newest addition to Ingrid Hipkiss' brood.

The Newshub weather presenter and former Paul Henry newsreader looks to have spent Easter welcoming a schnoodle by the name of Louie into her home.

And can we just say – swoon!


Schnoodle love for Easter, welcome Louie

A post shared by Ingrid Hipkiss (@ingrid_hipkiss) on Apr 18, 2017 at 1:28pm PDT