Bedtime at Katherine Heigl’s house can take a while. As a mom of two daughters and seven other kids of the four-legged variety, she likes to give each one special attention.
The Emmy Award winner says first she tucks in her girls, 4-year-old Naleigh and baby Adalaide, who turns 1 in April. Then she takes her seven dogs through their own nighttime ritual.
The actress has channeled her love of animals to ending animal abuse. She’s launching a line of pet products called Just One where portions of the proceeds go to help programs that foster, train, neuter and rescue animals.
Heigl says she bought her first three dogs – miniature schnauzers – because “I just didn’t know any better.” Since then, she’s been turning to rescues. “One dog I rescued from Rhode Island while filming ‘27 Dresses.’ I love older dogs. I think people don’t realize how much easier they are than puppies. I think they just sense or know that they have you to thank.”
Alabama Shakes lead singer robbed
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes is unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.
Nashville police say Howard and four others were robbed Sunday night in east Nashville by two teens wearing hoodies.
Howard and Shakes are up for three Grammy Awards in February, including best new artist, after releasing their debut album “Boys & Girls” earlier this year. A spokeswoman says the 24-year-old singer from Athens, Ala., has no comment.
The thieves were both armed with handguns and stole cellphones and a small amount of cash, but didn’t harm anyone before taking off.
Sam Donaldson charged with DUI
ABC News veteran and former correspondent Sam Donaldson is facing a drunken driving charge in Delaware.
Police in the southern coastal town of Lewes say the 78-year-old Donaldson was stopped Dec. 1 for a traffic violation. Police say the officer determined Donaldson had been drinking and gave him field sobriety tests.
Donaldson was arrested and later released. An arraignment is set for Friday.
Donaldson was twice chief White House correspondent for ABC News, covering Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
The birthday bunch
Actor John Hillerman (“Magnum P.I.”) is 80. Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 67. Singer Billy Bragg is 55. Singer Chris Robinson of Black Crowes is 46. Singer David Cook (“American Idol”) is 30. Actor Jonah Hill is 29.