Kristin Chenoweth: The Joys of Adopting a Rescue Dog

The popular actress, singer and friend to Guideposts introduces us to her new canine companion, a rescue dog named Thunder, and discusses the joy and comfort her dogs have brought her. Check out Kristin's cover story from the May 2017 issue of Guideposts!

Hi everybody! It's Kristin Chenoweth here, and I'm so excited to be at my cover shoot for Guideposts magazine. 

I want everyone to meet my new baby—I, too, am a mother. I just happen to be a mother to a furry child. This is Thunder. She's just had a photo shoot for Guideposts, so she's really tired, but this is her.

[speaking to Thunder] Oh, yeah, you want me to hold you like a baby?

She's a rescue, so I don't know actually how big she's going to get. I just pray she doesn't get bigger than me. I guess it goes back to you never know what you're going to get, and we're all just mutts so I don't care if she is a ninety-pound dog. She's mine.

She travels with me everywhere. I find it very calming for me to have her. She is my emotional support animal, sol when I fly she can be just like this in my lap. She's very well-behaved and I'm training her to be a very good lady (laughs).

One of the last times I was in Guideposts, I had my maltese, Madeline Kahn Chenoweth, with me. I had her for 14 years. I didn't think I could ever love another dog like I loved Madeline. 

Madeline actually hated my singing voice—she actually left the room when I began to sing, and I had to explain to her that people paid money to come hear me in concert, but she didn't care. 

This dog actually likes my voice, I'm happy to say; either that, or she's a very good actress and should be nominated for an Academy Award. 

I think people who have animals ... and children, someone to take care of, it brings them peace, and I know for me, having a dog brings me a lot of peace. I saw a saying once and I actually believe it: "Dog is God spelled backwards." And being a God person, it just would make sense that I'm a dog person.

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