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Fur-ever friends Holly Carpenter says 'it was love at first sight' when she met dog Max

Model Holly Carpenter is just one of the celebrities whose pawsome best pal is helping to get them through the lockdown days ahead

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GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: Holly and her dog Max are keeping each company during lockdown 2.0. Photo: Frank McGrath

GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: Holly and her dog Max are keeping each company during lockdown 2.0. Photo: Frank McGrath

GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: Holly and her dog Max are keeping each company during lockdown 2.0. Photo: Frank McGrath

Who's a good girl?! You don't have to be a scientist to figure out that walkies and cuddles with a furry friend are good for the soul. But studies have repeatedly shown how the companionship of a pet can reduce stress, ease loneliness and encourage exercise anyway. Here, we celebrate some of the pooches helping their famous best pal get through the pandemic one belly rub at a time.

Holly and Max

Former Miss Ireland and jewellery boss Holly fostered schnauzer-mix Max from the Dogs Trust in April. Six months on, the adoption papers are en route, and the single fur mom says it's a 'pawkage' deal for any potential suitors:

"I got my first rescue dog, called Molly, when I was seven; so it was obviously 'Holly and Molly'. She lived for 16-and-a-half years, so I had her from the age of seven to 23.

"She went from being at the school gates in primary school to being there when I'd come home from nights out, and all the break-ups and everything. I had such a close bond with her. When she died of old age, I was devastated. We still have her ashes up on the mantlepiece.

"I moved into my own place in January. I was like: 'Living on my own with be fine - I'll have loads of friends over!'

"Obviously I didn't know what was to come. When this all started in March, and we went into lockdown, I found it quite tough being on my own that much.

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IT MUTT BE LOVE: Holly Carpenter pictured with her rescue dog Max at the park near her home on Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

IT MUTT BE LOVE: Holly Carpenter pictured with her rescue dog Max at the park near her home on Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

IT MUTT BE LOVE: Holly Carpenter pictured with her rescue dog Max at the park near her home on Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

"I've been an ambassador with the Dogs Trust for nearly 10 years now, so I asked to be put on the waiting list for their fostering programme.

"The minute I met Max, it was love at first sight. He moved in with me in April, and just having that bit of companionship made the whole thing so much easier for me.

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Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2]

Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2]

Frank McGrath

Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2]

"When you're at home alone, and you have a dog, you feel a bit safer too. My family and friends were all like, 'Bet you're going to end up adopting him'. I was like, 'No I'm not', and of course now, the adoption papers are on the way this week.

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Holly walking her dog Max. Photo: Frank McGrath

Holly walking her dog Max. Photo: Frank McGrath

Holly walking her dog Max. Photo: Frank McGrath

"Max is a bit mischievous but very loveable. Even if he does something bold, you can't stay mad at him. With schnauzers, they have these big eyebrows that make them look like they're always a bit angry.

"It's really funny - he always looks like he's giving people dirty looks, and I've a resting bitch face, so I know what that's like! Me and him are going around Stoneybatter looking like we're about to start a fight, when we're actually in great moods.

"Sometimes having a dog can give you another purpose outside of work. It's always a good feeling to be taking care of something, even if it's just a plant. In the first lockdown, we had the heatwave and we were able to go outside and have a glass of rosé. Now, with the darker days, I'm a bit more nervous about it.

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Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2] at the park near her home

Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2] at the park near her home

Frank McGrath

Model Holly Carpenter pictured with her dog Max [2] at the park near her home

"I'm trying to get into some sort of routine and make sure I'm getting out - and Max will help with that too. There are days where it might be rainy outside, and you don't want to go out, but you have to. You also end up chatting to other pet owners while the dogs sniff each other!

"I have been on a few socially-distanced dates over the past while. I actually think it's good because, before this, it seemed like such a big commitment to go on a date. Now, if you're not that into them, you've a good excuse to call it a night.

"I think it has reframed in people's minds what they want from a person. Before, when you were on nights out, you might just be physically attracted to someone or having the craic, and that might be enough. Whereas now, things are just a little bit more serious, and you want to be able to chat with someone about real stuff, to meet in the sober light of day for a stroll.

"At this stage, dogs are such a big part of my life that I wouldn't be able to cope with someone who doesn't like animals. If they were rude to Max, that would definitely be a deal-breaker!"

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