Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attend the world premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
There is a paw-sibility that Katherine Schwarzenegger’s beloved dog, Maverick, (who has his own Instagram) will be a part of her big day.
USA TODAY spoke with the 29-year-old author Monday, who first shot down the idea that her rescue pup would take part in her nuptials to actor Chris Pratt.
“No, I don’t think so. He’s already such a big part of our lives on a daily basis,” she said, before leaving her options open. “But he could be a part of our wedding actually. We haven’t really gotten that far, so maybe he will. I’ve seen some really cute ways that people have integrated their dogs into their weddings. So, you never know.”
Schwarzenegger previously told Entertainment Tonight in March that her fiancé is taking part in the planning process.
“I feel like we’re all really involved in wedding planning,” she told the outlet. “I think that for me my family is very involved. I’m very involved, (Chris is) very involved so it’s a great combination of everything and just a really exciting and fun (time).”
Pratt popped the question in January, months after the pair had people guessing if they were an item when they were spotted together last June.
Katherine Schwarzenegger hosts a new podcast, "The Dog that Changed Me." (Photo: Azusa Takano)
Schwarzenegger has written three books, including one about pet adoption, “Maverick and Me.” Her latest project also plays to her love of animals, a podcast, “The Dog that Changed Me,” which launches Tuesday. Over the podcast’s nine episodes, five of which are available now, Schwarzenegger speaks with stars like Mandy Moore, Bryce Dallas Howard, Julianne Hough and LeAnn Rimes.
“It’s all centered around animal rescue and dog adoption and just really promoting the awareness around the amazing opportunity that we all have to adopt a dog,” Schwarzenegger said of the podcast, which partners with Pedigree.
The daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver said she’s been “animal lover my entire life.”
She previously opened up life on the farm with Pratt, which both have posted about on Instagram.
“I still have a lot to learn when it comes to the lambs,” Schwarzenegger told Entertainment Tonight. “I already knew they were adorable but…just like getting to hold them is just an incredible experience and seeing them interact with their moms… dogs are the same way. Just being able to see (them) come into the world and be in such a happy and great environment is just really special.”
She told E! News that although the farm feels like home, the couple isn’t there all the time.
“I’ve kind of grown up with a bunch of different animals, so it feels very comfortable and at home, and just a beautiful part of life,” she said.
Schwarzenegger’s love of animals was nurtured by her parents.
“Growing up, we always had a bunch of animals,” she told USA TODAY. “I rescued rabbits, and I rescued a pig and some ducks that needed homes. My parents did a really good job when we were little about kind of creating an environment that really allowed us to feel that we could find a duck or find a rabbit that needed a home and feel like we could bring it home and that it would be loved…”
After she graduated college and moved back in with her mom, she turned her garage into “a little foster center.”
One of the dogs she fostered, Maverick, became what’s known as a “foster failure,” as she ended up adopting him.
“I got him when he was two-and-a-half weeks old and he was really sick,” she said of the dog who will turn six in December. “He really bad worms… and I just ended up getting really close to him because he required a lot more attention that a lot of the other puppies I had had before.
“It ended up being a huge blessing because it’s really what ultimately made me want to adopt him and keep him in my life,” she says, “and it’s been a joy ever since.”
Contributing: Anika Reed
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