Holly Madison is a well known American TV personality known for shows such as The Girls Next Door and Holly's World. After spending some years headlining her own show in Las Vegas, she decided 2012 was time for a new challenge and will soon launch her own pet range, Lucky Pet Products.
Kim O'Meara caught up with Holly to find out all about three of the big loves in her life, her rescue dogs.
Tell us about your dogs - we'd like to know everything about them!
I have three dogs, all rescues from Las Vegas. The oldest is Napoleon, then I have Josephine and Louis. They're all little yellow cross-breeds and are so cute.
I'm a big advocate of rescuing dogs. I think buying from a pet store is such a bad idea, it's unethical and the dogs are so unhealthy because of how they've been bred. I would only ever rescue because there's so many in rescues looking for new homes.
When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
I grew up with dogs and cats, I've have had my own since I was in my twenties.
You're about to embark on a really exciting new launch with your range of Lucky Pet Products. Tell us a little about the sentiment behind their development.
I'm super excited about it! This season to launch we have some fantastic pet toys, treats, bowls and fashion, t-shirts. I love them all! I was really lucky to be hands on working with a great team to develop them. A portion of the profit will also go to Lied Animal Center (also known as The Animal Foundation) in Las Vegas.
We spent a lot of time getting the range just right, getting products that will last and are durable. I'm excited about next season range as well – we'll do more.
While we were developing the products I would bring them home for my dogs to try out and we'd take them to the shelter for the larger dogs to try out and see how they got on.
In fact one of the products we have is an au natural ball and my dogs took it apart so we've worked on it and made it especially for cats, so Napoleon, Josephine and Louis had a really important role.
Photography by Denise Truscello
Your job must mean you travel quite a lot. Where is the most pet friendly place you've visited?
I think Paris is really pet friendly, there's always lots of people with dogs. Although I live here so it's not exotic as such, I think LA is really pet friendly. Everyone takes their dog with them wherever they go and it seems like pretty much everyone has a therapy dog license, even it their dog isn't a therapy dog already. People in LA seem to treat their dogs like their babies so it's got to be one of the most pet friendly places there is.
Many readers will remember you fondly from your time on E!'s The Girls Next Door show before you moved onto your own show, Holly's World. Both were popular and The Girls Next Door was a hugely pet friendly show thinking about Hef's zoo and Kendra and Bridget's own dogs. What's your favourite memory from the show?
It has to be the time I got to spend, bond and learn so much about Coco the monkey in the zoo. I feel privileged to have spent the time I did with her and build up a good rapport. I loved learning all about the animals.
I also really loved seeing the moments I wasn't there for at the time, like Bridget dressing her dog, Wednesday, up. All of those fun moments.
One thing people might remember about your time on both shows is your involvement in the business side of things, from the magazine, to co-producing the shows themselves. You seem to be someone who likes variety in what you do. Do you think that's pretty fair to say?
Definitely. I like to have new projects to work on every couple of years that take me in a new direction to learn something completely different and have lots of fun along the way.
Finish the following sentence, my dogs are... crazy!
And finally, this is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….If your dogs had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
Oh wow! We'll I'd ask Napoleon why he won't leave me alone at night. At night I put them in their air conditioned house to sleep. If Napoleon was inside he'd be constantly waking me up, at night he gets so hyper and I don't know why, so I'd love to ask him that but I've no idea what he'd say.
I'd ask Louis why he won't pee outside. He seems to choose to mark his territory inside rather than outside and so I'm constantly cleaning up behind him. I'd love to know why.
And, well it's not so much a question more a favour, but I'd ask Josephine to keep the boys in line.
Many Thanks Holly!
Holly Madison Was Speaking With Kim O'Meara