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'He's Been Great for Me': George Lopez Loves His Rescue Dog

George Lopez met his Chihuahua while he was hosting the World Dog Awards in 2015



    'He's Been Great for Me': George Lopez Loves His Rescue Dog
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    Actor and Show Host George Lopez attends "The World Dog Awards" at Barker Hangar on Jan. 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.

    Comedian George Lopez says his rescue dog changed his life.

    Lopez, 55, met the 1-year-old Chihuahua while he was hosting the World Dog Awards, he told People Magazine. The pup, Owen, had been rescued by Wags and Walks and was looking for his forever home.

    "Owen had been turned over a few times," Lopez told People. "People had kind of looked at him and passed on him."

    The comedian described Owen as loving, affectionate and "a master at getting you to pet him."

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    Kevin, a teen with autism and cerebral palsy, knew he found a forever friend when he met Yukon, an eight month old great dane, at a kennel. Kevin's mother, Tabatha Branch, said the feeling was mutual.

    "It was really amazing when we got there to the rescue shelter when they brought Yukon back out he immediately just walked up to Kevin and wrapped his arms around and laid his little head on him, it was so precious. It was just like instant," Branch told NBC affiliate WBBH.

    Branch said she believes Yukon would know if her son was going to have a seizure and alert them, adding that the family is happy Kevin has found such a loyal best friend.

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    "This guy's all about people and all about connecting. I thought, 'Wow, what a special dog,'" he told People.

    He said Owen helps keep him active and enriches his life.

    "He's been great for me," Lopez told People. "This business closes you off, and a dog opens you up."

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