AUDREY HEPBURN AND HER JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS

  Audrey Hepburn worked as an actress for most of her life and later used her fame for humanitarian efforts, as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

She was known for loving people, but she was also very kind to her pets. She featured her Yorkshire terrier, Mr. Famous, in Funny Face in the train scene.  After Mr. Famous died from being hit by a car, her first husband, Mel Ferrer, gifted her with another yorkie.
 
During her later years, she owned two Jack Russell Terriers named Penny and Missy, whom she called “my little hamburgers.”  “I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”

“I walk with my dogs, which keeps me fit. I talk to my dogs, which keeps me sane. I can’t think of anything that makes one happier than cuddle and play and start the day with a warm puppy.”

She used to make her dogs a special “mash” of boiled rice, seared meet and softened carrots.

Audrey was once asked what her perfect day looked like - this was her answer:

    “It’s going to sound like a thumping bore, but my idea of heaven is [having] Robert and my two sons at home –I hate separations– and the dogs, a good movie, a wonderful meal and great television all coming together.  I’m really blissful when that happens.  [My goal] was not to have huge luxuries.  As a child, I wanted a house with a garden, which I have today.  This is what I dreamed of.  I’d never worry about age if I knew I could go on being loved and having the possibility to love.  If I’m old and my husband doesn’t want me, or my children think me ugly and do not want me–that would be a tragedy.  So it isn’t age or even death that one fears, as much as loneliness and the lack of affection.”


Audrey Hepburn photographed with her Jack Russell terrier, Penny, at La Paisible c. 1980s. © Copyrighted Material Audrey a Roma
Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wolders with their Jack Russell Terriers in Switzerland.
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