In 2010, George Clooney rescued his cocker spaniel mix Einstein from a shelter after seeing his picture and story online. Before Clooney could adopt him, the shelter staff brought the dog over to see if the two would get along. "I start to panic that Einstein is not going to like me," he told Esquire. "So I run into the kitchen, where I have these turkey meatballs, and I rub them all over my shoes. This woman opens the door, and who knew Einstein was such a food whore on top of everything? He throws himself at my feet. She says, 'I've never seen him react like that, ever!' And she left him with me on the spot. And forever, now, he just thinks of me as the guy with meatball feet. He loves me. I can do no wrong. He follows me everywhere."
Einstein now has a couple of companions. Clooney adopted another cocker spaniel, Louie, before he and his wife, Amal, also rescued a basset hound named Millie.