Amanda Seyfried calls her dog Finn ‘my son, my firstborn… A dog has feelings too’

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Amanda Seyfried had a baby about a year ago and has only started coming to events again this awards season. She’s worn some questionable dresses, but she’s calming down somewhat with her fashion, as seen at the Best Friends Animal Society gala earlier this week. This dress is by Christopher Kane and it’s one of those “scrolldown fug” dresses, to use a phrase coined by Go Fug Yourself. Amanda was presented with the Save Them All Spotlight Award for her animal advocacy work. She’s been involved in animal charities for years and is a proud dog mom to a beautiful Australian Shepherd called Finn. On the red carpet for the event, Amanda told US Weekly that she’s worked to make sure that Finn knows he’s special and that he’s still a part of the family now that there’s a new member. It was really sweet how she talked about him actually.

Seyfried was equally jazzed to talk about about the 13-month-old daughter she shares with her husband, Thomas Sadoski. (The couple have chosen not to share the toddler’s name publicly.)

“She’s dancing now and standing up. She doesn’t walk yet, but she’s rocking,” Seyfried told Us. “She knows some words too. It’s the best.” the Ted 2 star added that she learned about being a parent from being a dog owner too. The mom adopted Australian shepherd Finn in 2011.

“They have different needs in certain ways, physically,” Seyfried said of babies and pets. “But emotionally they need your presence.”

Seyfried, who calls Finn, “my son, my firstborn,” makes sure she carves out alone time for just the two of them. “We have a very, very intense emotional connection and I never want him to feel left out,” she told Us. “A dog has feelings too.”

Finn and his human sister, meanwhile, have developed their own special bond. “She’s very gentle with him and he really likes when she eats because she gives it to him now,” said the star. “It’s the cutest thing in the world.”

[From US Magazine]

Honestly after I had a baby I wasn’t as attached to my two cats. I know cats are different than dogs but it’s like the baby took up all my emotional space. I never thought of the cats as my children or anything, they were just sweet animals who lived with me whom I was responsible for. Maybe I would feel differently if I had a dog though. Do you think Amanda and her husband are planning on having more kids soon? That line “my firstborn” somewhat suggests that. If she has another child and it’s a boy will she call Finn her “first son?”

Also, Amanda said that she wasn’t invited to the Mean Girls musical opening but that she would have loved to have gone. I’ll bet she’ll get some VIP tickets in the mail soon.

How cute is she with this puppy? (That’s not Finn! Finn is below, he’s a star.)
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Amanda did a guest stint on Sesame Street! She hasn’t posted a single photo of her daughter to social media and as US mentions we don’t even know the girl’s name. Props for that although I’d love to see that baby. I bet she brought her with her to the Sesame Street set.

HAPPY #nationalpetday EVERYONE!

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Gorgeous dog!

  2. Clare says:

    My favourite thing about her is how much she loves her pupper.

    And I agree – our dog is my bubba. My husband and I openly admit that he is our priority ahead of each other, because he depends on us 100% and does NOTHING but give us all the love. Sadly our 16 year old Lab died 3 weeks ago, and I can plainly say it was harder than losing a parent. So yea, some people are truly very attached to their pets, its nice. That’s what pets deserve – to be valued like family.

    • Peeking in says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my 14 year old schnoodle last year, heartbreaking stuff. You’ll always feel the loss, but it gets easier. Hugs.

      • Clare says:

        Thanks…tbh it’s been a blessing to have the younger one still running around causing havoc, he’s only 11 months so full of life and mischief (he’s from the same line and they look so much alike, too, its crazy). And no doesn’t get easier, does it? We are finding comfort in knowing that he never went a day without love and cuddles…but it sucks.

    • Hunter says:

      **Hugs to you** I’m sorry about your lab. We also lost our lab a few months back to cancer (he was only 8!) and the void is immense. I spent a week in bed afterward, and coming back into the home from outside and not being greeted by his sweet face is still so hard.

      Dear friends sent cards, flowers and one even had a beautiful portrait done of our sweet boy that proudly hangs on the wall. One friend I though I was close to scoffed when she saw it and the flowers. She then got very irritated with me when I later pulled the car over to pick up a turtle someone hit on the road. Needless to say, the relationship has been re-evaluated and re-prioritized in favor of those more tender-hearted. I’ve never had much of an opinion on Amanda Sayfried, but this post changed that.

      • bre says:

        My husband and I decided when we got married that instead of kids, we wanted to dedicate our lives to rescuing dogs and cats. when we lose one of our babies, we grieve. My husband usually has to take a couple days off work. We have had some people who have had the attitude like your friend and I just tend to distance myself from them. I mean, is about empathy.

        We have a friend who is an artists and we always pay for her to paint a portrait of our babies when they pass. She usually asks for something they loved (like a blanket or toy) to have while she is painting.

    • Kelly says:

      I’m sorry for your loss, Clare. I lost my Am Staff Maya over a year ago and it still hurts. I have her collar hanging on the bedpost by my head. For me, life would be hardly be worth living if it weren’t enriched by my pets.

    • Wren says:

      Yes! Dogs psychologically view themselves as a family member, and honestly it breaks my heart how cavalier people are about them. They themselves believe they are our children, or something much like that, and not to honor that is cruelty in my opinion.

      I have a rescue puppers, and his constant need to reaffirm the pack/family bonds is heartbreaking. It’s annoying sometimes, but I can’t tell him with words that we are not going to dump him by the side of the road like the last people.

    • imqrious2 says:

      So sorry for the loss of your beloved Lab, Clare. It is heartbreaking to lose your pet. When I had to put our dogs and cats down over the years (due to illnesses that would’ve been too much for them to go through at their ages), I cried so much, my Vet’s office asked me if I wanted a referral to a grief support group. To me, they were my furry babies.

      My dad got my nephews a Golden Doodle for their birthdays when they were 7 and 9 respectively. Pup’s been with us now 10 years, and he is such a joy. He sits at the table (up in the banquet between us) for meals, and at Shabbat, he gets his challah and his own matzo ball (which he loves! lol).

      When I was hospitalized for almost 2 months, the first time he saw me when I got home, he was whimpering while licking me, his paws on my shoulders literally hugging me, and he wouldn’t let me move for almost 10 minutes (and it was all reciprocal 😊 ).

      Pets’ love is totally unconditional. I completely understand where Amanda is coming from. Kudos to her for her commitment to her pet.

    • Milla says:

      Omg… So sorry. I know my senior isn’t gonna live forever, but the love we share is gonna stay until i die.
      I believe in dog heaven. I love people who love dogs and see that they are so sensitive and bring us so much happiness…
      Kisses to your fur baby over the rainbow bridge.

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      Honestly, dogs have such a level of emotional intelligence that I cannot imagine anyone not seeing them as an equally important member of the family. I’ve had dogs growing up and they were my rock, my life. They knew how to comfort me in the darkest times. Like I cannot relate in any way, shape or form to anyone who can so easily let a dog go to the SPCA or worse, just discard them on the side of the road so to speak, without absolutely exhausting ALL possibilities. I get that there may be situations in which it’s undeniably difficult and some unforeseen circumstance compels people to put them up for adoption but my first thought is always, “would you discard a child in that way?” No. When you get a dog it’s part of the family for life as far as I’m concerned – you figure out a way, you make it work!

    • Applepie says:

      Everything you said. So sorry for your loss. I lost my soul mate 15yrs ago and still love her. I didn’t think it could happen again but now I have another, she’s actually not that different and again owns my heart….sending you love x

    • Sabrine says:

      awwww…..they love each other. It’s nice to see a pet not become second best once the baby arrives.

  3. drea says:

    I’ve had had dogs, I have two cats. Love(d) them all. Thought I would feel differently about cats, nope, AWESOME!
    Sorry you don’t feel as attached to your kitties, but they still love you I’m sure!

  4. Anastasia says:

    I totally get it. I have an adult daughter, but she’s flown the nest. I have three dogs who are my EVERYTHING. They’re like my furry babies. In the mornings, the last thing I do before I leave for work is get some “puppy therapy” by cuddling my dogs on the couch. Oh man, now I miss them badly. When I leave, I put a classical music station on the stereo and tell them what time I’ll be home.

    • greenmonster says:

      I tell my cat what time I’ll be home, too. I also apologize when I’m not on time.

      • lucy2 says:

        I do the same thing. I lost my 18 year old fur baby a few months back and now have two kittens, who always look so bummed when I leave for work. I always tell them when I’ll be home! My whole family has cats, and they’re all part of our family.

        Amanda’s dog is awesome and I love that she talks about him this way. Too many people ignore or get rid of pets once they have kids, and that’s awful.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Every day before I leave, I always say, “Be good. Mommy loves you.” If anything happens to me while I am away from home (or God forbid something happens to them while I am out), I want them to remember the last words I said were that I loved them.

      • Kelly says:

        That’s incredibly sweet. I used to say aloud before I left – Break in and take everything you want, but please leave my pets alone.

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      + Anastasia
      OMG, that’s adorable. I miss having a doggie. I work long hours right now so I know it’s just not fair to have one but the moment that I am in a situation where it can work, I will jump at it!

    • Sabrine says:

      My son gets home from work and first thing he does is scoop up his sweet rescue dog, a chihuahua mix, into his arms and they have a cuddle fest on the sofa. He says he can feel the stress leaving him from all the unconditional love she gives him. It’s like she knows he’s stressed. She was a rescue from the streets of Los Angeles

  5. OriginalLala says:

    We are absolutely smitten and deeply attached to our cats. They are our family!

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      My cats are my babies, especially my Bengal. She follows me everywhere (including the shower) and wakes me up every morning with purrs and cuddles. She is the ultimate love cat and I cannot live without her!

      • Sabrine says:

        Cats are smart and loaded with personality. We had a mother cat on the farm when I was a kid and she thought I was hers. She took me hunting one day and we sat quietly in an abandoned building, her on one side of the room, me on the other, waiting for a mouse. How smart is that, a cat teaching me how to survive in life.

  6. OSTONE says:

    My dog is also my child. I don’t care what people think, but I adore my puppy.

    • Peeking in says:

      Same. I lost one of my boys last year, and I cherish his two brothers even more.
      I love how Amanda loves Finn, I follow his IG page, he’s so handsome.

  7. lightpurple says:

    Finn is glorious. More Finn. More Dodger too. Finn and Dodger need to get together and do doggy things and have their own reality TV show.

  8. Kelly says:

    I love Amanda and Finn.

    The water bottle with Finn has the logo to Best Friends Animal Society which is a great organization.

  9. Aang says:

    I had a cat that I loved beyond words. She died when I was 6 months along with my first baby and I grieved hard. While my kids where little I didn’t have as much energy to invest in a relationship with an animal. They were around and I took care of them but it wasn’t the same. Now my kids are teens and less needy. I rescued a cat a year ago that has captured my heart completely. I’m also nuts about my dog but there is something about needing to work at a relationship with a cat that makes it feel deeper. My dog loves me no matter what and that makes me feel sad and guilty sometimes. My cats feel more like my emotional equal.

    • OriginalLala says:

      you’ve just captured why I love cats so well! I am a animal lover (all animals from dogs to goats, to cows, to deer and coyotes) but cats are an emotional investment, getting them to trust, love and open up to you is an adventure, and I love it

      • Dazed and Confused says:

        Same here! I had a tortie cat who I had the closest bond with and when she passed I was heartbroken. I sobbed for weeks and never thought I would be happy again. My other cat also mourned her. Condolences to all of you who have lost pets. It’s an acute pain. Just reading everyone’s stories has my weeping.

        Incidentally, it was Scott Wolf who helped me find my way out. He was on a talk show and said his wife believes the best way to honor the life you shared with your pets is to save another one after they have left. I needed some time and adopted another tortie a bit later. I still miss Bébé, but it’s not as sharp as 20 months ago.

  10. Lori says:

    Growing up we always had cats. I now have a dog, and its not the same at all. Cats are fine doing whatever. Dogs wanna be with you, they love you, they interact with you in a very human way. Amanda sounds like a great owner, Finn is a lucky boy.

    • Wren says:

      Omg yes! I too only had cats and now I have a dog and they are soooo different. Cats will happily fuck off and let you do your thing, unless it’s time for kitty, but mostly they’re fine simply coexisting. Dogs not so much. Whatcha doing? Where we going? What’s that? Can I eat it? Let’s play!

      • imqrious2 says:

        My cats used to use me as furniture! I always asked them what they sat on when I wasn’t home lol. I had 3 cats when I lived alone (got one, then adopted 2 more to keep her company). One used to sit on my shoulder, with her nose in my ear, purring. One was on my chest most of the time, and my boy would sit next to me with his arm on mine.

        Funniest though, was when I was on my computer, and he wanted attention he would just lay on the keyboard lol. He’d also tap on my cheek with his paw, and if I didn’t respond, he’d tap again and try and turn my face to his with the paw.

        I loved them so much 😊. They are very missed.

      • Kelly says:

        I sleep on my side, therefore my kitten sleeps on my side. She’s learned to balance and move with me as I turn to the other side.

      • Wren says:

        I love my kitties too, and I am definitely used as pre-warmed furniture that doles out pets and scratches. When it’s time for kitty it is Time For Kitty and they are extremely persistent. But if it’s not time for kitty they are very annoyed that I have interrupted their important cat business. It’s always Time for Puppers though and he’s never too busy doing his dog thing to pay attention to me.

    • Ange says:

      Depends on the cat really. I have one very independent one and one total love bug who needs to be near me at all times. He has a set of snuggling positions that have their own names depending on just how close he’s trying to be with me. Maximum closeness is called The Super Snuggle.

  11. Claire says:

    Yes, my dog is absolutely 100% my child. I don’t have human children, so she is all I will ever have and I love her with every fiber of my being. She is also the first priority of my husband and I, to the point where some people think we’re nuts because we go to such great lengths for her. She will be 13 in August and has late stage heart disease so we’re on limited time with her, which I still can’t come to grips with. *sigh* They’re just the best.

  12. Lizzie says:

    we make sure to make our dog and cat feel extra loved now that we have a child. like – one of us still try to take the dog on long walks without the stroller. we play with the cat for at least 20 mins after the baby goes down at night to get some energy out. our vet suggested it so they didn’t develop any behavior issues (especially the cat) and it has worked out really well. they are all so sweet together. it melts my heart.

  13. MellyMel says:

    Finn is the most gorgeous dog!

  14. Other Renee says:

    Clare and others who have lost beloved pets, I’m so sorry. I lost two dogs within a year of each other to illness and I still miss them. One had been abused and to this day I believe someone deliberately took him from his home and brought him to a shelter. He had a swollen eye that had to be removed and needed other surgeries. The rescue organization that took him from the shelter paid for everything. I was the volunteer who drove him from the shelter to the surgeon and I fell in love and adopted him. My angel.

    Now I’m still in bed with the two little dogs we have now all curled up against me. They were born in an animal shelter because someone dumped their mother there three days before she gave birth. She and her babies were rescued by an organization and eventually all were adopted. I love my dogs so so much. They are loving and needy and that’s ok with me. We have lots of love to give to them.

    Please adopt through a shelter or rescue organization. These animals are desperate for loving homes. And btw shelters need blankets and towels and other items.

  15. Morgan says:

    I wish I felt more this way. I was obsessed with my dog until my first baby and then I was overwhelmed, touched out, and he dropped way down my priority list. Two more kids and I know that when he goes (he’s 14) we won’t get another dog for a while until I feel like I can give one the attention it deserves.

  16. MostlyMegan says:

    I love our dogs a lot! But I also think it’s true that people who don’t have children tend to turn their pets into children more than those who have human children. I also have kids and as much as I LOVE our dogs (and I do!) I don’t love them like my children – not even close.

    • Anastasia says:

      People with empty nests do this, too. My husband and I both realized and freely admit we infantilized our dogs.

  17. psl says:

    My dog is my everything!!!
    I had a female JRT for 17 years, now I have a male JRT for the past 4. I love him so much, sometimes it hurts.

    Dogs are life!

    • Anastasia says:

      Yes, the loving so much. I’m serious when I say I’ll probably have to go into counseling when any of my pack of three passes away.

  18. Lyka says:

    I used to think this mentality was INSANE, but then I got a dog 🙂 I don’t quite see him like a child, but I fully understand the deep emotional bond that forms between people and pets. We’re all just animals barreling through space, looking for a bit of love and comfort.

  19. G says:

    I met her and Finn at the dog park a few months back – Finn is absolutely adorable and she is very low key and charming.

  20. Mar says:

    I’m obsessed with her dog. He is beyond beautiful

  21. Léna says:

    My mom has a cat and my dad & stepmom have a dog and they definitly feel like their children for them. The dog (a schnauzer) is the best thing that happened to my family. He arrived at home the day I left for University far away from home. I miss him so much. I like my mom’s cat but she only has a special relationship with my mom, while our dog always recognize me, especially because when I’m home, I spend entire days with him. He’s almost 4 now, and I am sure I want to adopt a dog after I finish my studies and I have enough space for a dog.

    PS: If someone from Croatia can explain me why there is so many schnauzer here… They are everywhere! It’s amazing! We don’t have a lot of them in France.

  22. Happy21 says:

    I’m so happy to see my fellow Celebitchers are such pet lovers!
    I have two cats currently and they are my fur babies. I would do anything for them. My one cat loves me more than I think anyone ever has and even my husband admits that, yes, the cat may just love me most. LOL!

  23. serena says:

    Finn is a gorgeous boy and I just freaking love his relationship with Amanda!

    CB, I don’t think it’s a matter of cats vs dogs. Maybe you just have a different kind of relationship with them (every relationship is different, even with pets).

  24. ms says:

    I was expecting her to get hit on this comment. But I’m glad to see so many pet lovers here on Celebitchy. Dogs are such emotional creatures. I’m glad she knows to make sure her dog’s emotional needs are met, too. That’s great pet ownership.

    He is SO gorgeous. I have an Aussie too (among others) and I admit he is usually my favorite – he’s always up for a cuddle and a pat and takes care of me when I’m sad. All of my dogs are amazing, but I have the most emotional connection with him.

  25. Saucy says:

    I am an animal lover and when I was growing up I had two cats and rabbits (not at the same time and we grew up in the countryside). I’m glad my mom never said no to me having pets when I was a kid (she wasn’t against them but she wouldn’t have suggested herself that we get a pet; ditto my dad). It’s a good way to learn about the life-cycle (life, good times, bad times, death) and when I have children I will get them pets. However, the anthropomorphism of animals doesn’t sit well with me. It’s a dog/cat/rabbit/fish etc and to be cared for in the best possible way but the ‘it’s my fur baby’ crew really get on my nerves!

  26. Case says:

    Finn is a beautiful dog and I feel like she has had him for a very long time. Of course they have a special bond, and it’s sweet that she honors that even with a new baby.

  27. magnoliarose says:

    I have a dog, cats, bird, guinea pigs and I love them all. I grew up with lots of pets so I don’t feel a house is a home without them. They are part of the family and beloved totally. We spend a lot of time with them, and we plan our life with them in mind.
    I understand Amanda’s feelings. 🙂
    I too am glad to see so many people here are pet lovers.

  28. Bug says:

    Anyone who loves dogs that much is OK in my book.

  29. Naddie says:

    I love her and Finn. Pets deserve all the love in the world.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I do senior rescue and I love my animals so much even though I only have a short time with some of them. We’ve lost 6 since July and my cat Walter White just was diagnosed with cancer today. It never gets any easier. I don’t think of them as my kids because I don’t want kids so I don’t really want that kind of relationship. They are friends that I love so much and they have been the only thing keeping me alive at several points in my life. I’m glad that other people understand that bond.

  31. Tata Mata says:

    Sorry but a pet is not a human being and therefore not a family member like a human being.

    • Chloeee says:

      There are some pretty garbage humans out there who can’t provide the love and support pets can in a lot of ways. I’m a firm believer that if your blood family is toxic, build your own family. And that includes animals.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Yeah, my dog has never purposely burned my face with a curling iron like my mother has. Guess which one I actually consider part of my family.

  32. Dita von Katzhausen says:

    I call my cat my firstborn too.