After examining the problems of puppy mills and pet overpopulation on her show last spring, Oprah Winfrey vowed that her next dog would come from a shelter.
She made good on the promise over the weekend visited the PAWS Chicago facility on Clybourn Avenue and took home a female cocker spaniel puppy.
Winfrey, who had previously sponsored a dog room at the state-of-the-art no-kill shelter, stopped by Saturday to look at available dogs. She was drawn to the litter of cocker spaniels--the same breed as Sophie, her 13-year-old pet who died last year.
Winfrey returned Sunday with Steadman Graham, and they adopted the goldenish cocker.
"The lobby was full and people were coming up and hugging her," said a source who asked not to be identified. "Everyone was so glad to see her."