Ben Affleck carries his family’s new puppy: ‘it’s another sign they are working together’

Ben Affleck Arrives In Atlanta With A New Puppy!
Here are photos of Ben Affleck out in Atlanta, still wearing his wedding ring, but more importantly carrying a beautiful, squeezable golden retriever puppy! Look at that sweet dog falling half asleep while while being cradled! What is this dog’s name? I get the feeling he or she is about to be as famous as Finn. (No one can replace Finn, Finn is the star.) This dog is a clever new prop in a high profile divorce but it does not care at all and looks content as hell to be carried. I’m sure the Garner-Affleck kids love it to pieces too.

Us Magazine has a whole story about how the dog got adopted – on Jennifer’s urging while Ben acted like a jerk. People Magazine lays it on thick with their usual publicist-fed lines about how the dog is a symbol of putting the kids first or something.

People Source: the dog is a sign
“It’s their new puppy. It’s a family dog. It’s another sign they are working together to raise kids and be in a kind relationship. [The kids are] a big part of why they’re still wearing [the rings]. They just want them to be okay.”

US Magazine: Meanie Ben didn’t want the dog at first
The puppy, meanwhile, has also been enduring the split after it was adopted this past May. As reported by Us in the June 29 issue, Affleck and Garner took their daughters to a dog adoption in the Pacific Palisades this spring, shortly before the high-profile couple announced their split in an official joint statement on June 30.

According to an eyewitness at the shelter, Affleck scowled at Garner when she encouraged their daughters to play with a litter of golden retriever puppies. The actor also was rude to a female volunteer.

“Ben was really short with her, like, ‘Yeah, whatever,’” an eyewitness told Us at the time of Affleck’s demeanor. Despite the tense family outing, the couple got their daughters a new puppy.

[From People and US Magazine]

So the puppy was Jennifer’s idea, Ben didn’t want it and now he’s carrying it around like a little prince or princess. That’s what dogs do to people. As hackneyed as it sounds to get children a dog as a consolation for mom and dad divorcing, the kids must get a lot of joy out of that puppy. The only thing this story is missing is an ID on the dog’s name and gender. This PR piece was not written by dog owners because we want to know all about that dog. Maybe those details are being held back by Jennifer for the next story. First we get to see the dog, then we hear a cute story about how it did something adorable with the kids, little Chase or Wiggles or whatever it’s called. The kids probably named it too, and there will be a story about that and the significance of the name. Wait for it, its coming.

Ben Affleck Arrives In Atlanta With A New Puppy!

Ben Affleck Arrives In Atlanta With A New Puppy!

Jennifer Garner Films "Miracles From Heaven"

photo credit: FameFlynet. Garner is shown on the set of her movie, Miracles from Heaven, yesterday

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  1. Crocuta says:

    Puppies <3

    I didn't even read the story, just went "awwww" for the doggie.

    Puppies <3

    • kcarp says:

      So do we think this was a band-aid puppy? the band aid baby didn’t work so maybe a puppy.

      This is over kill. See he isn’t a drunk,gambling addict, womanizer, he loves puppies. It is probably a rent a puppy

    • JWQ says:

      Same. I don’ t give a damn about Affleck or Garner, but that puppy is adorable!

      The only related thing I have to say is that if I were holding that little thing, I would look much happier than him. He has the same face I have when I am throwing out the trash!

      • laura in LA says:

        Ben likes dogs, but I believe the family already has two, maybe his (an adopted Shepherd) and hers (a Lab named Martha Stewart who may be geriatric now).

        So I guess the puppy was Jen’s idea for the kids, and she probably instructed Ben to bring it to Atlanta…

        By the looks on his face, though, he’s none too pleased to be a part of this ongoing PR divorce “rollout” and manipulation of public sentiment either.

      • JWQ says:

        Oh, I wasn’ t suggesting that he hates dogs, and to be honest I think he’ s in the pr divorce stunts just as much as Garner, so it’ s difficult to feel sorry for him.

        I was just saying that if I could play with a little dog, no matter how terrible day I’ ve been through, I would be smiling like an idiot because s/he’ s the cutest thing ever!

      • Sabrine says:

        It’s like buying a diamond ring for the wife when you’ve been bad. Only this time he’s trying to buy off the kids.

    • V4Real says:

      Dog lover here. Though the puppy is the cutest thing my first impulse was to stroll down to see what kind of shoes Garner was wearing. I read so many comments about her collection of ugly shoes that when I open a post about these two I go directly to her feet. Damn yo C/B posters, damn you to hell for doing this to me. :)

      • laura in LA says:

        I like the sneakers! (Not as cute as the puppy, of course…)

        And I’m okay w/the shirt and pants, but you gotta go either baggy on the top or bottom. Not both.

    • INeedANap says:

      IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!!

      • Lauren II says:

        Fluffy Puppy looks like he was at the casino with Ben all night. Both looked whooped.

        Ben cuddles Fluffy Puppy while he counts cards. No one would dare ban Fluffy Pup from the casino.

    • Kelsey says:

      The dog is very cute. Ben NOT cute.

      Another PR move by his peeps.

      • The other paige says:

        Yes Kelsey!
        “Another sign they are working together”
        WITH BOTH PR FIRMS BRILLANTLY…
        A puppy?? Are you f* cking kidding me??

      • mary simon says:

        Dog is sweet. Ben looks bloated and miserable. Too bad he can’t be bothered to try a little harder. There’s nothing worthwhile waiting for him outside of his family. All the self centered pursuits in the world will never make him happy. His real discontent is just beginning.

    • kimbers says:

      Well it’s not award season…so his career and public image is the prize here…what next pics of hims helping old ladies across the street after being blown by hookers in the alley? His acting isnt that GOOD!

      • pk says:

        I agree mary simon. Unfortunately sometimes people don’t see what they have until its gone.

  2. ell says:

    i have affleck-fatigue now, and I never liked them very much to begin with.

    jen looks good with lighter hair though, much better.

    • Joan says:

      Seriously, it’s overkill at this point. I just don’t understand the seemingly uninterrupted press coverage these two are getting. They seem to be working harder for the marriage now since announcing the divorce than they ever did while still officially together.
      Publicity stunt like for Michael Douglas and CJZ?

      • ell says:

        was douglas and czj actually a publicity stunt or did they separate for real for a while? I can’t quite remember.

        i do remember a lainey blind implying czj had an affair with a younger co-star…

      • Perfectly executed Chewbacca sound says:

        I think it’s the Goop playbook so that Batman can screw twentysomethings without damaging his image. Like these two, Douglas and CZJ actually separated. They have faced a lot of issues recently. And I think in the Lainey blind, CZJ cheated with a director, Julianne Moore’s husband.

      • laura in LA says:

        Oh, no…poor Julianne.

    • The other paige says:

      @ell
      Loving the hair color 2

  3. Tulip Garden says:

    Puppy!!!!!!

  4. littlemissnaughty says:

    That puppy is crazy cute!!!

    But I’m already tired of this divorce story and of these two. I just don’t care because it all seems so fake. If you fake it, at least don’t be so obvious. Plus, he looks like Lucifer sat on him for a few days.

    • Shambles says:

      “Plus he looks like Lucifer sat on him for a few days.”
      Poor, perma-sulky Batfleck. I watched Chasing Amy the other night (spoilers if you haven’t seen it, sorry), and his character ends up suggesting that he, his girlfriend and his roommate all have sex together to clear up the tension that’s between them. He then doesn’t understand why she slaps him in the face and walks away. I feel like that’s a pretty accurate depiction of Batfleck’s true nature.

      • Wren says:

        I remember getting so mad at his character in that movie. I enjoyed the movie all the way up to when he got all weird and dudebroed out on Amy. I get the feeling he plays versions of himself a lot.

      • Shambles says:

        Ugh, I know right?? There was so much potential, and then he goes all man-baby and tries to fix it by attempting to start a threesome and basically continuing to call her a slut, never truly understanding how insulting his behavior is. And then again tries to fix it by writing an emotional comic book about it. C’mon now.

    • Mary Mary says:

      Little Miss Naughty: Thanks for the amusing observation.

      “Plus, he looks like Lucifer sat on him for a few days.”

      Thanks for the chuckle.

  5. Momoko says:

    It’s a girl! The puppy is a little girl.

    • Celebitchy says:

      K I will edit that part thanks Momoko! -edit you can tell from the pics right?

      • Palar says:

        Yep you can.

      • Momoko says:

        Gosh! I am a big fan of your site, you have no idea how honored I feel that you responded :D

        Yep, in the third pic, you can see no rocket even though she is stretched out. The second pic is a decoy, the big bulge is Ben’s thumb XD

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    I used to subscribe to People (don’t tell!) but it is pointless now.

    They are really pushing the Amicable Divorce and Co-Parenting thing. Maybe to deflect from Ben’s addictions?

    • laura in LA says:

      Yep.

    • MediaMaven says:

      I used to love reading it while getting my hair coiffed……..but now, I can just play on my cellphone and tablet. Print publications are always behind the 8-ball.

  7. Fori says:

    She actually looks good when dressed in the casual clothes of her onscreen character, her hair is nice lighter as well.

    That puppy is cute. I wish they’d stop the whole pr thing and just move on. They’re getting divorced, the public knows, no need to wear wedding rings (and stop pretending it’s for the kids, there’s not a child on the planet who has an emotional attachment to what their parents wear on their finger) or pretend to continue living together ( I don’t believe for a second they are and probably haven’t for quite a while). Their whole public pretence of a relationship has been exposed as a fraud by their own pr post divorce. They need to stop selling that nonsense because it’s insincere and annoying.

  8. Chloe says:

    I don’t care about Ben, the puppy is soooo cute! I think its a male puppy!

  9. blue marie says:

    I want that puppy!!

    • Kitten says:

      That puppy is just stupid amounts of cute. I have puppy fever and these photos are just exacerbating it.

      Not as cute as Hardy and puppy but still very cute.

    • j.eyre says:

      Me too – its precious.

      What the hell, if I get divorced will I get a darling puppy and a trip to the Bahamas too? If you will excuse me, I need to go start a fight with Mr. Rochester.

  10. MrsBPitt says:

    Jennifer looks great! Ben looks rough! The puppy looks adorable!

  11. Blarg says:

    I am not a child of divorce, so I have a question. Wouldn’t wearing the rings and acting like a happy family who still lives together do MORE damage than helping the kids adjust to reality (ie, you can still create a happy home – two, in fact! – living separately and co-parenting)?

    • Jayna says:

      She’s in Atlanta for at most two months. When he’s there, he’s out in the guest house. Hardly a family still together. By fall, he will be in Atlanta filming and after that on to the next movie off on location also. She will be back home with the kids and the kids will be in school. When he gets home on the weekends he will stay out in a separate guesthouse. It’s clear they are not together but isn’t such a jolt. I doubt they he and Jen are together much at all in front of the kids. Just enough to show they aren’t enemies and get along and ease the children into this, and that’s about it. Ben will get a home. It’s not like this is forever.

    • Blackcat says:

      ^Blarg

      Thinking the same thing. All families are different. But isn’t it confusing to the kids to know their parents are divorcing, but then seemingly everything stays the same? I see Jennifer telling the kids they are divorcing but then acting like everything is fine–the status quo.

      Happy they got their dog from a shelter and not a puppy farm.

  12. Who ARE these people? says:

    And not just any puppy, but *this* puppy. The ultimate puppy. So cute.

    • Erinn says:

      Goldens are like THE classic puppy. My parents totally got a Golden mix when I went to college. Pretty sure they were replacing me with a puppy haha.

  13. Mia4S says:

    Yep with a family in turmoil and you both disagreeing it’s the perfect time to bring in an innocent life to use as a distraction she said sarcastically.

    You’re getting divorced, your children are sad, it happens. Let them work through it and deal with the tough stuff so they can come out stronger. These games are to make Garner and Affleck feel better, not the kids.

    • Know-it-all says:

      you mean to make Garner feel better about losing her dream guy n Affleck to lose the guilt of never been properly inlove right.

    • MBP says:

      Bingo.
      Puppies eat everything and poop on what’s left, hardly what you need at a distressing / stressful time, never mind it picking up on the general emotions and mood of the house(s).

  14. MG says:

    Why does it seem like this dude always has a jacket on or a hoodie? It’s July for God sakes and he’s in the south. It’s freaking hot as hell!

    Puppy!!! So darn cute.

  15. Loopy says:

    Ben looks terrible, so bloated and pink, he looks like he has been sleeping in a beer keg.

    • Eleonor says:

      Agreed.

    • Tate says:

      So bloated and rough looking

    • Cindy says:

      Yes, he really has a beer belly bloat face happening here. Jennifer garner on the other hand looks really really pretty. Am I seeing a grey streak in her hair, not like grey showing through, but an actual deliberate grey streak? I like it. Now I kinda want to try it.

      At the risk of sounding cynical, shouldn’t Ben look happier now that he is soon to be single?

    • Liberty says:

      Why does he always have an expression like those prisoners who have to do the rowing on ancient Roman boats in old movies?

  16. Kiddo says:

    I did not know of the international sign. Why, then, wasn’t Obama carrying a puppy when he negotiated the nuclear deal? Hmm? Canine believe that he was genuine now.

  17. Lilacflowers says:

    I dub the puppy Enza. Boston Herald readers will understand.

    • laura in LA says:

      I was thinking more Elsa (from Frozen)…

      But maybe Gayle can say that Ben keeps calling the puppy Enza.

  18. Eleonor says:

    Nothing screams DIVORCE more than a brand new consolation puppy. I got mine too.
    But it is totally adorable.

    • V4Real says:

      Didn’t they get the puppy back in May before they announced their divorce? They knew they were divorcing but at that time we didn’t know as fact.

      I’m wondering what happened to the Jennifer who was in court fighting for her kids not to be papped. I thought the law was passed in CA that you couldn’t take and publish pictures of celebs kids. How many times have we seen photos of the Affleck kids since that law?

      • laura in LA says:

        Yes, I think they selected the puppy from a litter that was at an adoption event at the PacPal farmers’ market and maybe had to wait a few months for it to complete its shots?

        (It sounds like it was Jen’s idea; Ben was probably pissed off because he knew then that they were soon divorcing…)

        Anyway, I think they were fighting against the paps yelling at and harassing their children to get a reaction or otherwise blocking and driving to endanger.

        Because I also don’t see any difference in the number of photos and thought the children’s faces had to be brushed out, but the DM is the only pub I’ve seen actually do this.

      • Neah23 says:

        Yes they were fighting against the paps yelling at and harassing their children to get a reaction. The fight against celebrity kids photo was starter by Kristen Bell and husband not Jen or Ben.

        In the end it’s up to each site owner to decide what they want to do about showing or not showing the kids faces. The DM only bashed out kids face once in a blue moon, but their are some site that do it all the time.

  19. Karen says:

    Ben looks miserable: I don’t see him fawning over the dog like you say. The puppy is an innocent party in their divorce PR. Of course it’s the all American dog for the all American couple too. Puppys are not props. Bad PR, so let’s get something fuzzy? Its over kill.

    • Beatrice says:

      Yes, I thought that too. Puppy is adorable, but Ben looks miserable and like it’s a chore to haul that sweet dog around. Sick of these two PRing their divorce to bits. Give it a rest!!

    • Emma - The JP Lover says:

      @Beatrice and Karen …

      Agreed.

  20. Hawkeye says:

    Geez Kiddo, everyone knows that it’s a basket full of kittens that seals nuclear deals!

  21. Tulip says:

    You have a picture of him holding his kid which is unfair to the kid, because no kid is going to look more adorable that that puppy here.
    Ridiculously cute!!!

  22. Know-it-all says:

    I give them the title of fakest couple in the whole existence of hollywood.Anybody who cannot see that Ben is at his wits end and Jennifer is just clueless is delusional.But I have to say they are truly entertaining.

    • Know-it-all says:

      I take back Jen is clueless she is very manipulative and evil she is no sweet nice person she is devious.

  23. QQ says:

    I’m gonna just assume His/her Name is ChubbyFluff Affleck

    also Look at that New Fun Lady Hair to go with her Golden Girls fashions!! Huzzah

  24. The Original Mia says:

    Knew there was a pet somewhere in the mix. They weren’t at a party supply store. They were at Pet Superstore. That should keep the kids occupied. Surprised the home they are renting is allowing a new puppy to live there, though.

    • pk says:

      Jennifer was carrying balloons with paw prints too. It looks like they were throwing a welcome party for their puppy.

  25. NewWester says:

    What a cute puppy!!! She looks like she will be a big dog. Does Ben ever smile?

  26. Know-it-all says:

    Ben thinking what would I not to do for my career n mmm kids and image re establisher.

    • V4Real says:

      I don’t think getting a divorce will hurt his career maybe Batman v/s Superman might do the trick if it fails.

      A lot of celebs get divorced and their careers are just fine.

      Also I believe it was more Jen than Ben who was pushing for that wholesome family image.

      • Jayna says:

        Ben is at the peak of his career. He’s fine. People don’t care about divorce. Plus he’s getting ready to direct two movies. Comic book fans don’t care about his divorce. They care that Batman v. Superman is amazing, is all. And if the next Batman he co-writes the script for and also directs is acclaimed, he’s sitting sweet powerwise. The other movie is a thriller. A great thriller will do great at the box office.

      • laura in LA says:

        I don’t think it’s divorce per se that they’re worried about as far as Ben’s image is concerned…

        But the details of which (his drinking and drugging), if true, may affect his career, and this has the studio concerned.

        I do think all the PR is mostly Jen’s way of keeping him involved/attached or manipulating him by threatening to expose his transgressions…

        Thus forcing him to fight for custody?

      • Aren says:

        This is very true, it didn’t have to hurt his career in the slightest. I think they just have a really unhealthy relationship and it seems he’s in a lot of pain for some reason.

  27. Juluho says:

    I think a puppy is the perfect thing for the kiddos. Dogs heal all wounds.

  28. JoJo says:

    See this National Enquirer story from yesterday – ring of truth? I know it’s the Enquirer, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all,. I really don’t believe she wants to let this marriage go. Radar posted a similar story a few weeks back.
    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/jennifer-garners-desperate-bid-save-marriage-ben-affleck

    • laura in LA says:

      I think she’s the one dragging it out – “for the kids”, of course – whereas once divorce was threatened, he was done.

    • Neah23 says:

      I just read this story and one thing that stood out to me was that this didn’t feel like a normal
      National Enquirer story was not usual drama filled BS story they normally print. My guess is that this came from someone on Ben side not his PR agent but maybe a friend or family member.

      This story also seems to have a ring of truth to it, which is another reason why I think someone on Ben said is talking and not the National Enquirer normal BS.

    • Beatrice says:

      I believe this story and all the “ring wearing” and co-parenting PR suddenly makes sense. Yeah–keep up the happy family facade and maybe Ben will realize he doesn’t want a divorce. Sorry Jen, don’t think it’s gonna work. Ben smells freedom.

  29. MediaMaven says:

    He doesn’t smile when he’s holding his gorgeous children, he doesn’t smile when he’s holding his gorgeous puppy – hell, he doesn’t even smile when he’s holding a tasty Starbucks. This guy has terminal BRF (Bitchy Resting Face).

    • Jayna says:

      He hates the paps and always has. He is like Russel Crowe and Alec Baldwin where the paps are concerned. He could be playing with his kids and once he looks over and sees paps he’s pissed and doesn’t hide it.

      • laura in LA says:

        Who can blame him w/the way he’s been treated in the tabs for years?

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        @Jayna …

        Ben Affleck has always loved the attention from the Press. I believe once he’s finally free you’ll see a different Ben.

      • Neah23 says:

        The paparazzi are no where near Ben so their no excuse for the grumpy face while holding the cute puppy. Ben had no problem smiling for the paparazzi during his Oscar campaign.

        @ laura in LA

        While he has no problem with the tabloids now that his PR agent to running to them every couple of days with new information.

  30. Zinjojo says:

    I’m giving some side eye to the “adoption” story. It’s virtually impossible to find a pure bred golden retriever puppy for adoption. My take is they got the pup from a breeder but it sounds better to say she’s adopted, and we know they’re all about the image, not the facts.

    But that pup is adorable!

    • laura in LA says:

      Zinjojo, I’ve volunteered for shelters/rescue for the last ten years in/around LA…

      And while I side-eyed this at first as well, since I hear the word “adoption” used all too often interchangeably to describe buying from breeders, I can confirm that they really did select his pup from a rescue event in PacPal.

      There are plenty of puppies available in shelters/rescues here, many of them “purebred” from breeder dumps, sad to say, though this one appears to be a GR mix of some kind because she’s going to be a very big dog when full-grown!

      (Sidenote: I actually met Matt Damon and his lovely wife Lucy at a small adoption event here some years ago, nice people.) :)

      • Jayna says:

        Laura, does Lucy have an accent? I’ve never seen her speak once at any red carpet interview Matt does.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        If she doesn’t speak it’s surely not for fear of speaking in Spanish-accented English, which is how I’m reading your question. There’s no “accent,” only ways of speaking that are different from our own.

        She may be silent because she is not the movie star/focus of attention. And if no one asks her questions, why talk?

      • laura in LA says:

        Jayna, no accent that I can recall. She was softspoken but very sweet, and they were both friendly.

      • Jayna says:

        @Who ARE these people? says, You most certainly are reading my question wrong.

        Thanks, Laura.

      • Zinjojo says:

        Thanks Laura for your clarification! This pup has obviously landed in a good home, and I’ll save my snark for another day 😄

      • laura in LA says:

        Zinjojo, in the case of animal issues, if the snark is well-deserved, I’ll be right there with you!

      • Neah23 says:

        @ Laura

        Are you Ben or Jen PR agent or friend that you can confirm that they really did select his pup from a rescue event in PacPal?

      • laura in LA says:

        No, Neah23, I’m not PR for them, nice try…

        If you read anything I wrote above, you’d see I’ve volunteered for many LA shelters/rescues in the last ten years and know the group that adopted this pup to them.

        Also, if you actually read the piece about them, you’d also see that it mentions this “shelter” event where there were plenty of eye witnesses, though I wasn’t there myself.

        So, believe what you want to believe, but my my, you really are bringing on the “bitchy” today, aren’t you?

    • Bethy says:

      I volunteer with two purebred rescues. We just placed some of the cutest Siberian Husky puppies ever, although this puppy is pretty stinking cute! Adult dogs are certainly more common in rescue but puppies definitely happen.

  31. Size Does Matter says:

    Armageddon was on HBO yesterday. My Gawd in heaven was Ben Affleck hot in the 90s. Now he just looks gray and bloated and like he’d rather be sleeping or gambling (or maybe he has been up all night gambling online which could explain all the above). I just hope the heroin blinds are not true.

    • Kiddo says:

      I never thought he was super hot. Attractive, yes, but in a small town good-looking guy from slim-pickin’s sort of way. Not exceptionally handsome nor charismatic by Hollywood standards. JMO.

    • Aren says:

      I never found him attractive in the slightest, but after seeing his pap photos almost every day for the last 2 weeks he’s starting to look kinda hot to me.
      Maybe because I like the “messy” look.

  32. Jayna says:

    I don’t think Ben has a side girlfriend he left Jen for. Men in the thick of an affair look fantastic, out exercising, looking good. Ben is none of those things. He’s downsliding in the looks department, weight gain. I think he’s just drinking his way through this divorce and probably gambling as his crutches. A main girlfriend he will go after later when he can come up for air and the children and life is more settled. Now, he might go bang one here and there over the next months, but girlfriend in the wings hiding, I don’t think so.

    I want that puppy.

    • laura in LA says:

      Yeah, I don’t think he’s got someone on the side (unless he left her waiting in the car like Don Draper did Sally’s teacher…)

      He looks like he’s lost his mojo, spending more nights at the casino tables than with any sidepieces, and has aged pretty horribly in the wake of this split.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Men can look schlubby and still have a side girlfriend.

      • laura in LA says:

        True, and Leo’s certainly proof of that…

        But can they get it up (or even summon the interest) if they’ve been drinking, drugging and/or gambling all night?

        Okay, maybe they can, though I think Ben’s too busy chasing that high and getting wasted somehow, and he brings this same obsessiveness to his directing work.

        So, cocktail waitresses? No. Co-stars? YES.

      • Kiddo says:

        +! for schlubby alone.

  33. kri says:

    That adorable dog deserves better than being a prop in the Hearst and Minds Wars of these two nitwits, but I’m sue that the kids will love her and treat her well. That wedding ring is like waldo to me now. Where and when will we or won’t see it next?! I have seen less propaganda from North Korea than what these two are giving us.

  34. Patty says:

    These two are ridiculous. There, I said it. All of this happy family crap, um….they are getting divorced. Clearly one or both of them wants to get a divorce, as if they had put half the effort into staying married that they are in this pap show; they’d obviously still be together. This whole thing is soooo bizarre and I don’t see how this is going to help their kids in anyway. Wouldn’t it just be confusing.

  35. Christin says:

    Be good to the dog, Ben. She will be loyal and loving to you no matter what. That’s just how dogs roll.

    • Jayna says:

      Ben has a German shepherd he loves and always has with him a lot, walking him, taking him with him for drives into town, even when he’s getting coffee. He’s papped a lot with him. So I think he’s a real dog lover.

      • laura in LA says:

        Ben’s a dog-lover, despite these photos here, and I think his Shepherd was also adopted, perhaps from one of these events in PacPal…

        But I wonder what’s happened to Jen’s Lab, Martha Stewart? That dog must be in her teens, if she’s even still alive (*gulp!*), maybe why she got the puppy for the kids now?

      • Jayna says:

        @Laura, I thought about that too. Jen’s lab is older. I hope Martha Stewart is okay and still around..

      • laura in LA says:

        As I look at my own guesstimated 13 and 15 y.o. dogs here (*sob!*), I’m assuming that Jen’s Martha is about 10 and still alive because I found no mention of her otherwise…

        (Ben’s shepherd, by the way, is Gandhi.)

        So given that wide cultural disparity, I think the new puppy will be named after a Disney character by the kids, of course, maybe something like Elsa?

      • JoJo says:

        @jayna and @laura in la, I’m from Boston, and also a huge dog lover – maybe the former is why I tend to cut Ben a little more slack than some others. I do see how his very Boston personality (witty, self-deprecating, sarcastic) could totally clash with Jen’s goody southern personality. :/

        Anyway, was going to say, Jen had Martha Stewart when she and Ben got together, although not sure how old MS was then. So she must be at least 11-ish by now. I hope she’s still around too! They don’t seem to take her out on family outings with the shepherd, etc.

      • laura in LA says:

        Hey, JoJo, I knew there was something I liked about you (I’m from Boston, too)…

        So I guess I also tend to cut Ben some slack, maybe because of his “smahts” and “chahm”, which I realize others may not appreciate.

        But, I swear! I’ve never really taken much of an interest in his career since GWH, except in the last few years – or his personal life, until recently.

        Anyway, as one dog-lover to another, good on you. ;)

      • jwoolman says:

        I doubt it’s about PR. If his dog is a German Shepherd and he may be taking the dog with him and her dog is a geriatric golden retriever- more likely they wanted the pup to help the older dog stay active and non-lonely when Ben’s dog is with him. Also if her dog is old, it’s nice to bring in a pup to start the next generation (and let the pup have a foster parent of the same species). It’s a nice distraction for the kids also. And when the older dog does pass, it will help everybody with the grieving to have another doggie companion to focus on.

        I certainly get a kitten for an older cat when he or she loses a feline companion. Win-win for both cats, the older one gets some excitement and a chance to be nurturing and adored by the kitten and a new wrestling partner, and the kitten gets someone to help substitute for the mom and siblings she lost. And I get much needed help dealing with the rowdy youngster. When completely catless, I prefer to repopulate with older cats – the last time that happened, I ended up with a four year old and an eight year old who had lived together for a couple of years. But I think a kitten is best if there’s an older cat in the house, for the older cat’s sake. Most likely they are doing the same thing for their old dog.

  36. Neah23 says:

    Just when I was giving them credit for being on the DL for the last couple of days they go and pull this.

    I’m starting to think he/she or both of them what this media attention because Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert gave them an out with their divorce. All Ben and Jen had to do was stop running to the media giving them info, but no we get this pluff piece from their PR agents about a puppy. I mean really why are they running to People magazine giving them info on the new puppy. Hell since Ben looks so miserable maybe it’s Jen pulling the strings.

  37. Miller621 says:

    Who care if it’s a stunt look at that cute squishy puppy! Puppy puppy puppy…oh Sh!t I guess it worked. I am sure we’ll hear about how it was named too, and I totally want to know all the details about how the kids picked a name.

  38. Bethy says:

    If you can’t look happy carrying a sweet, fluffy puppy…

  39. Stephanie says:

    I love Jennifer Garner. She always validates my own poor style choices.

  40. Blue says:

    A www that is one cute puppy, Affleck on the other hand looks rough like he has been on an all night bender in Vegas, for his sake I hope those heroin rumors are not true.

    • laura in LA says:

      He was *supposedly* seen in Vegas this past weekend…gotta get it all out of his system before going to play “happy (divorcing) family” in Atlanta for the rest of the summer.

  41. Snappyfish says:

    Feel bad for the puppy

  42. net22 says:

    People usually hurt when they divorce and the affecks/garners are no different. Yes, some celebrities get married for the televised drama or ratings – and in that case I doubt they are hurting at all, but I thought or hoped this was a solid marriage.

    They should make their kids their priority. I feel sorry for Ben that he couldn’t get his act together (assuming that is the reason behind the split). I don’t understand why all this media coverage , they should try to stay out of the public eye and heal. In the end they are two people who fell in and out of love and it’s sad.

    The puppy is too cute.

  43. funcakes says:

    Dammit! I swore I wouldn’t be manipulated by the dog in the picture and here to ccomment. I love that picture.
    The only reason I’m not worried about her is because I’m sure Jennifer will take care of it.
    The world is now watching.

    I used to hate the thought of having a pet. I use to make fun of people that treated them as if they were kids. Now I have two dogs and two cats. They are the best thing to ever happen to me.

    • jwoolman says:

      A friend of mine was always sneering at people who kept telling stories about the cute things their cats did. Until his family got a cat. He became what he mocked.

  44. Amy M. says:

    I swear Ben could be surrounded by 10 golden retriever puppies, along with unicorn and rainbows and still look like he just sucked on a lemon. Maybe he has resting bitch face
    (?) and the divorce must be tough but you’re holding a cute pudgy puppeh!!!! He always looks so miserable. Someone just enlarge the puppy in the pic so we don’t have to see his grumpy mcgrumperson face.

  45. Know-it-all says:

    Scoop revenge JLo vs Jennifer Garner.

  46. Know-it-all says:

    The rings are Jennifer Garners way to keep JLo at bay but she will lose #the fosters#revenge #Ben ‘s rebellion

  47. Jayna says:

    Someone above said the puppy is a little girl. I hope they name her Goldie.

    She’s such a butterball.

  48. Know-it-all says:

    Look at the tweets I said it first Jlos is the problem but JLos going to win.Bennifer 1 2016

  49. Know-it-all says:

    Ben Afflecks last tweet team JLo do not mess with JLo talking about Ben when he was engaged to JLo karma s a bitch

  50. Dee Dee says:

    Who cares about the Ben/Jen story? That puppy is way, way more interesting.

  51. serena says:

    Just when I was thinking I couldn’t find this guy more attractive… He is smoking hot. His arms are gorgeous. And that dog. Love love love all of this.

    Jen’s new hair color looks stellar.

  52. Tracy says:

    Cutest damn dog ever. Looks like a soft little baked potato. Awwww

  53. FWIW says:

    Puppy is the cutest! And this photo has Ben Affleck and his pr team written all over it. Next we will see Ben, the kids and the puppy! Of course!

  54. MSat says:

    Golden retriever puppies are the cutest puppies in the history of forever!

    It’s SCIENCE.

    I also think it’s hilarious that the guy who didn’t want the puppy is now carrying it around like a little furry baby. Haha!

  55. meh says:

    Wow. This is literally something screenwriters do with their protagonists to make them more likable. His PR team is so transparent.

  56. serena says:

    He should date Charlize. They would make the hottest couple. She is gorge and he seems he can use a great woman right now.

    • Fori says:

      For all his alleged faults he is famously nice and polite to people, that’s why he’s so liked in Hollywood. Charlize is not nice, I don’t think they’d have anything in common. He should date that Olga woman he did a movie with a while back, she speaks four languages and is super smart and beautiful. He’d be able to respect her for being better than him.

  57. aga says:

    Today we are going to have news here about renting the new house. Why can’t they do anything without public knowledge ? What happened to them ? I lost any respect I had for both of them.

    • JoJo says:

      @aga I know! Page Six is reporting that Ben is renting Brooke Shields’ house when they return from Atlanta, down the street from their Pacific Palisades property while it’s being renovated. It’s not clear whether it’s just Ben or whether Jennifer and the kids will live there too. “Sources” say the family will live there. Honestly, I find this whole thing completely bizarro. They’re supposedly divorcing, yet they wear their rings (him only sometimes) live in all the same houses as they move around and go on vacation together. Um…ok. I don’t get it.

      • jwoolman says:

        They’ve got kids, so it’s not that odd. They live in big houses so it’s no stranger than poorer folk still living in the same apartment building. They don’t hate each other.

  58. dippit says:

    I’m seeing Ben as morphing into Alec Baldwin somehow. I do not like this.