In 2009, George Clooney fell in love with a Cocker Spaniel mix named Einstein that he saw on a rescue’s website.
“So I called and said, ‘I like Einstein!’” Clooney told Esquire in an interview that will appear in the January issue.
“The woman goes, ‘Well, we don’t know if Einstein will like you.’”
She told Clooney she’d bring Einstein to his house to meet him, but said that if the dog didn’t like him, he wouldn’t be staying.
“She sounded very serious,” said Clooney, whose two films, “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March,” just received nine Golden Globe nominations.
Clooney was previously the dog dad to a Bulldog and pig papa to a 300-pound, potbellied porker named Max. After both of his pets died in 2006, Clooney told USA TODAY, “It’s strange how animals become a big part of your family. They really become a big issue with you.”
Three years later, Clooney wasn’t about to risk losing the new four-legged object of his desire.
To ensure that Einstein would adore him back, when the pooch and the woman from the rescue arrived at his house and were ascending his long driveway, Clooney rubbed turkey meatballs on his shoes.
“This woman opens the door, and who knew Einstein was such a food whore on top of everything?” Clooney said. “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.”
Clooney and Einstein’s mutual lovefest is going strong to this day.
“And forever, now, he just thinks of me as the guy with meatball feet,” Clooney said. “He loves me. I can do no wrong. He follows me everywhere.”