Did Kate Beckinsale choke her tiny, adorable little dog?

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This is not the picture we’re referring to. You can see it on Crazy Days and Nights

Earlier this week, I did a post about Kate Beckinsale being named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman of the year. Though I usually dismiss Kate as a barely talented actress, she grew on me over the course of the Esquire profile, and I ended up liking her. After that, I’ve spent a little time looking at recent pictures of Kate out and about in Los Angeles, and I’ve noticed something interesting: she has the cutest little dog in the world!

I can’t even figure out the breed on this little puppy. Is a Jack Russell mix? Or some dog that I’ve never even paid attention to when I watch the AKC shows on Animal Planet? I never watch the toy division, because generally, I don’t care for little dogs. But Kate’s dog is the size of kitten! Must. Snuggle. He also looks very “alert” in all of the pictures I’ve seen – he likes having his picture taken. Like he saying, “Mummy, look at the cameras! Fluff my ears! How does my collar look?” That puppy is a star!

Anyway, the other day Crazy Days and Nights ran a weird story with a disturbing set of photos. We don’t have access to the pictures, but you can see them here. They show Kate and her daughter Lily out with the puppy, who is on some kind of leash. Unfortunately, Kate is lifting the puppy several feet off the ground by the leash! I took a closer look at these photos, and it does seem like the “leash” is a body harness, so it’s not necessarily like she’s choking the dog. But what she is doing is still dangerous and cruel, and I hope someone calls her out on it. She was probably mad at the puppy because he’s more gorgeous than her.

Kate Beckinsale, her daughter, Lily, 10, and friends are shown out on 9/27/09. She’s also shown on 10/1/09. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. Jillian says:

    According to Us Weekly the dog is a Maltese/Chihuahua mix.

  2. sarah says:

    I don’t think she’s hurting her dog here at all. The dog looks fine. It’s in its harness, so it’s basically like picking it up under the shoulders. The picture looks awful to begin with, but when you realize it’s a harness, the controversy should end there. NON-STORY.

  3. GatsbyGal says:

    It’s like picking up a gerbil by the tail, you just don’t do it! She was just too fucking lazy to actually bend down and pick her poor dog up the normal way. What a stupid bitch.

  4. Bodhi says:

    It doesn’t matter, she should not be demonstrating that kind of action in front of her daughter. All she had to do was bend over & pick the puppy up.

  5. crash2GO2 says:

    Well that was a stupid thing to do. Reminds me of the mother dragging her kid through the Qwest store. It’s lazy and irresponsible. The only time you should lift a dog by its harness is if its in danger, which this one clearly was not. And it doesn’t even look like one of those cushy web harnesses either.

  6. pebbles says:

    My God, that dog is the cutest thing.

  7. kristin says:

    It’s a harness, and it is absolutely fine to lift up a small dog with a harness. They make harnesses in part so that you can lift up a small dog when you need to – i.e., if there is some danger to the dog. When my dog was a small puppy, I walked him on a harness and lifted him up whenever a big dog walked by (just in case – - I was a very overprotective ‘parent’ :) )

    I don’t see any scandal here – people are making drama out of nothing. She didn’t do anything wrong, far as I can tell. As for – - “you only lift a dog up by the harness when it is in danger” thing – - while I agree that you shouldn’t haul a dog around by a harness all day long (although with a dog this small it probably wouldn’t hurt it), I see nothing wrong with lifting it up by the harness occasionally, regardless of the reason.

  8. Loves Jasper says:

    it’s a harness….look closely, it’s lavender and a bit hard to see.

  9. Maritza says:

    Sarah is right, to much drama about nothing!

  10. TaylorB says:

    That looks like a Malchi. I have only seen one or two over the years, very energetic to say the least. As for the harness issue, most people (wrongly) don’t think they need to train little dogs because they are so tiny they are ‘harmless’, so a harness or a halti is a better way to go as they have never been trained to walk on a loose lead and will sometimes pull so hard on a regular collar they can easily sustain spine, neck and trachea injuries.

    edit: I was unable to link to the photos at first…I originally assumed the dog was pulling itself off the ground, as untrained dogs will do. Now that I have seen them, she is a moron and doesn’t deserve to have an animal.

  11. Rachel says:

    People make mistakes. Since Kate is the farthest thing from Paris Hilton, we should just move on. I don’t agree with yanking a dog by the harness, but I do see the necessity when you don’t want Fifi to be a snack for Bluto the cranky pit bull :)

  12. Kikker says:

    oh plzzzz its a harness. you can briefly to do this with light puppies when they are acting up to calm them. he was probably dangling for a total of 3 seconds

  13. Aud says:

    There may very well be a good reason. He’s lookin like he wants something, he may have been squirming and wriggling to get at said something. If it came down to carryin a dog like that or dropping it cuz it was squirming, I’d rather carry. There’s always more to a story than pictures show

  14. HashBrowns says:

    Awwww, what a cute little puppy!

    If the dog is in a harness, it’s fine, especially one that small. My friend has a chihuahua and she has a little pink harness that every now and then my friend picks her up with.

    Kate’s dog isn’t wriggling or looking to be crying or anything, so to me, it’s fine for her to pick the dog up like that.

  15. Ana says:

    I like her jacket.

  16. Violet Gray says:

    My dog can give Beckinsale’s dog a run for its money.

  17. TwinkleToes says:

    Esquire is irrelevant.

  18. jayem says:

    I do that to my roommates miniature dachshund all the time. He gets crazy and starts spazzing, so I use the harness to lift him so I can grab him. It doesn’t hurt him at all.

  19. TexasSinkholeFan226 says:

    Who cares if it’s a harness. What she’s doing is outrageous and she’s an awful jackass. Plus she’s not sexy, she’s gross. And for all you people lifting your dog’s with harnesses, you all aren’t sexy either.