PetStyle Exclusive: Holly Madison's Puppy Love & Loss

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Holly Madison

By Christopher Ameruoso
PetStyle's Entertainment Correspondent

They call it puppy love... and with good reason.

When we bring a pet into our lives, we want to believe it's forever. We prepare ourselves for the good, the bad and the ugly -- from wee wee pads to all-nighters to naughty nips. We fall in love with man -- and woman's -- best friend and can't imagine life without our four-legged friends. What we don't focus on is the short amount of time we really have with our pets. The average life expectancy of a canine is 9 to 12 years, but even then there are no guarantees.

And tragedy can strike even the biggest-hearted pet advocates. Just ask The Girls Next Door star Holly Madison. A close friend of mine, she recently experienced the agony of losing one of her beloved pets.

A huge advocate for animal rights, it's one of the blonde bombshell's biggest causes. Throughout the years, she has used her celebrity status to get the message out about animal rights. She's appeared in campaigns for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as well as doing many public service announcements including Last Chance for Animals.

During her time at the Playboy mansion, Hugh Heffner's number one gal grew attached to all creatures great and small.

Holly's personal dogs at the mansion were Duke and Duchess. Duke, a Chawawa, was as wise and as smart as they come. He was a star in his own right. This Hollywood dog demanded the attention of his owner and most of the staff at the Playboy mansion. As much attention that Duke demanded, he was also Madison's little funny boy.