Kaley Cuoco adopted a ‘ginormous’ senior dog, a mastiff named Larry

Kaley Cuoco is a big animal lover and you know I’m a sucker for an animal lover. Kaley is, of course, an equestrian who advocates for the well-being of show horses, but she’s also shown up for tigers, sea lions and diva bunnies. Another of Kaley’s causes is rescue dogs and she’s worked with several different organizations to get hard to adopt breeds or trauma cases into good homes. Kaley has a soft spot for senior dogs, something she and Jane Lynch have in common, and has adopted a few older dogs now. Her latest family member is Larry, a nine-year-old grey Mastiff that she and husband Karl Cook welcomed recently. Larry is helping Kaley get over the pain of losing her dog, Norman, who passed away six months ago. Norman and Kaley had been together for 14 years. She named her production company after him. That kind of pain is deep pain. I’m so glad Kaley has Larry to help her through it. Larry sounds like a lovely companion. People tells us a little more about him.

Kaley Cuoco is welcoming a new furry member to her family.

On Sunday, the Flight Attendant star, 35, announced that she and her husband Karl Cook adopted a senior dog named Larry, sharing several photos of the adorable addition to Instagram.

Cuoco said that the rescue dog is a “9 year old ginormous mastiff chunk mutt of love” whom she and Cook are already “obsessed” with.

“When you know you know! Welcome to the family , Larry!” Cuoco wrote alongside several sweet photos with the dog. “Thank you @pawsforlifek9 & @rita_earl_blackwell for the perfect addition to our lives. #seniorsunday #adoptdontshop #rescuedog 🤩😍💗❤️ (also thank you to his previous fosters for taking amazing care of him!)”

Cuoco also shared a series of adorable shots of her first few days with Larry on her Instagram Story. In one picture, the actress pointed out that Larry is the “size of a horse and I could ride him lol.”

Cuoco also said Larry is “already a barn dog” in another photo as she introduced her new rescue to a horse.

[From People]

Larry was adopted from Paws for Life K9, with whom Kaley works a lot. It’s a wonderful organization that pulls hard to adopt/at risk dogs from shelters and places them with incarcerated trainers who train the dogs for socialization and compatibility. The program benefits everyone involved. Larry looks like an absolute love. And Mastiffs are huge. My next-door neighbor has four and nothing quiets my dogs quicker than when they get a good look at the size of those things.

I love this about Kaley. It must have been hard to get a senior dog after losing Norman. Only a few months before Norman, they lost Petunia, whom they’d also adopted as a senior and had not had that long. Kaley also lost a dwarf pony, Fiona, a little before Petunia. Fiona died from health issues, not age, but she had them when Kaley rescued her so she knew it could happen. Mastiffs, in general, live 6-12 years so Kaley might have a few years with Larry. However much time it is, I’m sure Kaley is prepared. Even so, losing him will be hard. But bless her and Karl for opening their hearts and home up to some dogs in their last stage of life. They still have Blueberry, whom they’ve raised since a puppy. And Dumpy, their senior chihuahua that needs a stroller to get around. My gawd, I can just imagine the image giant Larry and tiny Dumpy strolling around together. I hope it’s Kaley and Karl’s holiday card.

Buzzfeed occasionally runs amazing posts dedicated to senior pets. This one came out Monday night.




Photo credit: Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco Instagram

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  1. Fuzzy Crocodile says:

    Larry is adorable.

  2. Eleonor says:

    That’s a beautiful baby!!!!!!

  3. SarahCS says:

    I have so much time for anyone who adopts their pets and those who take on senior animals and those with health issues go to another level. It’s a wonderful thing to do and the more it’s publicised the better for all these wonderful animals stuck in shelters. I also appreciate all the work that goes into educating people about the ones who are perceived as less desirable and the programs to help people and animals improve their loves.

    I’ll stop gushing now, I’m getting a bit carried away but these animal stories always do that to me.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes. I had been following foster kitten accounts on IG and through them found people who’ve taken in senior cats. Seeing them live their best lives during their golden years is really something to behold. It bring a tear to my eye just typing about it.

      Kaley clearly has a big heart. What a sweet gesture.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “Seeing them live their best lives during their golden years is really something to behold.”

        THIS RIGHT HERE. NO dog or cat should die of old age in a shelter…that breaks my heart.

  4. Merricat says:

    It takes a big heart to open it to an older dog. I didn’t know this about her.

    • Killfanora says:

      I didn’t either but kudos to her! What kind hearts she and her husband have. And what lovely karma they will both receive back in time.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Larry is a handsome boy

  6. Jocelyn Cox says:

    We adopted a 9 year old boxador. I still think about him every day.

    I have a theory that he belonged to an elderly person tbat passed away and their crappy kids couldn’t be bothered to find him a home. His manners were so lovely and he was so well trained. Just the bestest boy.

    I adore looking at puppies, but that amount of work is not for me any more. Senior dogs can make wonderful companions.

  7. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    The sheer adoration in the one pic of him looking at her? He knows who his person is.
    My snuggle bunny looks at my husband like that-he just lays on his chest and stares at him even after 4 years together. It’s like he knows who picked him out from the rescue and brought him home.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah – he’s looking at her like ‘yeah, this old dog stuck gold with a hot young chick’. LOL j/k.

      He is adorable.

  8. AnnaC says:

    I think it’s wonderful anytime a senior dog is adopted from a shelter. I do wonder if this dog will soon end up living and being cared for by the staff at the ranch Karl’s family owns, as the last two senior dogs they adopted did (Petunia and before that Barney, an elderly lab). Either way it will end up being a fabulous life for the sunset season of the dog’s life.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    Aw, that is so sweet.

  10. original_kellybean says:

    That is a gorgeous dog but I don’t know if I could adopt a nine year old mastiff. They are lucky if they make it to 10 years old and losing him would break my heart. I lost my 8 year old boxer four weeks ago and I still cry almost every day.

    • SusieQ says:

      @Original_Kellybean, I feel your pain! I lost my senior cat last September, and I still cry about him once a week. He was just shy of his 15th birthday, and I had him for 12 years. He was my sweet Orange boy, and he got a pretty adorable old man meow in the last year of his life.

    • Elle says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. Boxers are the lovingest creatures on earth. X

    • Jaded says:

      Damn it’s hard getting over a beloved pet’s death. I had the most wonderful, intelligent, funny and compassionate cat for 14 years and when I had to put him down due to congestive heart failure I was a fekkin mess…for weeks. I still get teary-eyed looking at pictures of him and that happened in 2004. I’ve had some wonderful cats since then, and the fellow I have now is amazing, but I still miss Basil. Sorry for your losses @original_kellybean and SusieQ.

  11. Ariel says:

    Love her for this.
    I just adopted a senior dog last month. His name is Walter, a shih tzu mutt, who had been terribly neglected. He is incredibly sweet, a little wobbly (his back legs are atrophied from being matted and barely able to move for a period of time), and happy to be chilling in the air conditioning and sniffing everything on his walks.
    I know i will have him less years, because he is already 10.
    But i love that he gets to be a spoiled dog from now on.
    (the vet bills may kill me- doggie dental work- yikes!!)

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      Doggie dental work is no joke. My oldest needed 2 root canals and a crown and it cost me over 5k and he had to be sedated 3 times. He really doesn’t do well being sedated. He’s no longer allowed to chew on bones because that’s what caused the fracture that ended us up at the dentist office.

  12. Alexi says:

    I have all the time in the world for people who adore animals. Everyone who opens their heart to a rescue, works with rescues, fosters or donates to shelters are AMAZING people!
    Hers is a social account I could follow 🙂

  13. KNy says:

    So wonderful that she gave this senior animal a home! It’s my goal to do that, adopt lots of senior pets so that their last home is loving and they can live their last years in peace. My rescue dog now insists on being an “only child” unfortunately. She was pretty badly abused and so I am one of those awful permissive pet parents, raising Veruca Salt in dog form.

  14. Mina_Esq says:

    Senior dogs are the sweetest! Bless her for adopting them.

  15. BB says:

    He looks alot like my 3 year old cane corso, which is considered an Italian mastiff.

  16. Gippy says:

    Aw more puppy posts🤩😍!! We have a 9 year old German Short Hair Pointer and she is a total princess and the prettiest dog I’ve ever seen. Sadly right after Easter we had to say good bye to our good boy Javier, he was a tri-paw rescue and the sweet dogs ever. He was so fluffy and my permanent shadow. Nothing makes me happier than a sweet old puppy🥺

  17. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Merlin was rescued from a horrendous animal hoarding situation by a fantastic feline rescue group. When he picked us to live with, it took him literally MONTHS to warm up and trust us. Now????
    He runs this outfit like the boss he is!
    We’re seriously considering a senior dog, because MerlinsDad is a doggo person from the word go.
    Bless Kaley and her husband and Larry is a hot babe!!!!!