Why Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield gave away their Golden Retriever

Melissa Gilbert and her husband Timothy Busfield have always had dogs. They currently have a rescue dog named Chicago, and who can forget the little house on the prairie actorIt is the little bulldog Josephine, the inspiration for her children’s book Marguerite and Josephine. But the couple had a golden retriever named Chevy. Here’s why they thought it best to rehouse the dog.

Melissa Gilbert with her dog Josephine.
Melissa Gilbert and her dog Josephine | Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

How Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield came to adopt Chevy

Today, Gilbert and Busfield live in the Catskills. But before that, they lived in Michigan, Busfield’s home state. It was a welcome adjustment for Gilbert, who had spent his entire life in the Hollywood fast lane. She was ready for something quieter and slower. That’s exactly what Michigan provided. While living in Michigan, the couple adopted a golden retriever, Chevy, from their friends, the Smiths.

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