Scene and heard at Sundance: Josh Duhamel goes to the dogs, Glenn Close goes shopping

First Published Jan 23 2014 10:57AM      Last Updated Jan 23 2014 07:28 pm
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The actor mingled with dogs of different varieties at an event to promote adoption of shelter dogs sponsored by Pedigree.

"I’m here mostly to help spread the word about animal rescue. If you’re looking for a dog or a cat just consider, you know, rescuing. If you’re serious about it," Duhamel said. "We don’t want anybody getting a dog just because they love the idea of it."??

The actor says he first became aware of how rewarding it is to rescue a pet rather than buy one from a breeder or pet store when he and wife Fergie adopted a second dog named Meatloaf as a companion for their first dog, Zoe.

"It wasn’t until we got Meatloaf, who was a chubby, little dachshund mix. We had a dog before that who we bought from a breeder, who is a great little dog," Duhamel said. "Then we found Meatloaf as a friend for her and that was kind of the turning point for me. I was like, ‘Why didn’t we do this from the beginning and why doesn’t everybody do this?"

Meatloaf died two years ago and Duhamel says his family at home is "just Zoe, me, wifey and the baby now."

Fergie gave birth to the couple’s first child in August — a son named Axl.

"It’s funny to watch (Axl and Zoe) start developing a bond because at first Zoe wanted nothing to do with Axl and Axl could’ve cared less because he’s a baby," Duhamel said. "But now he’s 4 1/2 months old and he’s starting to reach out and pet her and touch her and he’s interested in what she’s doing and she sees him purely as a potential ball thrower."

Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was also at the event. He says he’s a lifelong dog lover and one of his favorite things about pets is that they don’t know what his day job is.

"They don’t care. That’s the reason why I love them," said Ortiz. "They don’t care how your day was, they always expect you the same way, they always wait for you the same way."

— Alicia Rancilio

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TIME • Glenn Close and her daughter, Annie Maude Starke, made an after-hours appearance at a gift lounge on Main Street.

Two hours after the Variety Studio shut its doors, Close and Starke sneaked in for some private shopping and bonding.

The two actresses laughed and chatted as they tried on winter coats Monday night, each leaving with a leather jacket and a fur-trimmed, long puffer coat.

Close is in Park City to promote the film "Low Down." Starke just came for fun.

— Sandy Cohen



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