September 14, 2015 | Posted in Breeds and Stars


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Even though Penelope Cruz is a huge fashionista, she would NEVER wear fur. She knows about the horribly cruel deaths that animals receive at the hands of fur farmers so when her and her sister designed a fur-free fashion line, they worked with fur-free Spanish retailer Mango.”

Who is Penelope Cruz?  Known outside her native country as the “Spanish enchantress”, Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser). As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family’s amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. The resulting contract landed her several roles in Spanish TV shows and music videos, which in turn paved the way for a career on the big screen.

Cruz made her movie debut in The Greek Labyrinth (1993) (The Greek Labyrinth), then appeared briefly in the Timothy Dalton thriller “Framed” (1992). Her third film was the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque (1992), in which she played one of four sisters vying for the love of a handsome army deserter. The film also garnered several Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. Her resume continued to grow by three or four films each year, and soon Cruz was a leading woman of Spanish cinema. Live Flesh (1997) (Live Flesh) offered her the chance to work with renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (who would later be her ticket to international fame), and the same year she was the lead actress in the thriller/drama/mystery/sci-fi film Open Your Eyes (1997), a huge hit in Spain that earned eight Goyas (though none for Cruz).

Her luck finally changed in 1998, when the movie-industry comedy The Girl of Your Dreams (1998) won her a Best Actress Goya. Cruz made a few more forays into English-language film, but her first big international hit was Almodóvar’s All About My Mother (1999), in which she played an unchaste but well-meaning nun. As the film was showered with awards and accolades, Cruz suddenly found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Her next big project was Woman on Top (2000), an American comedy about a chef with bewitching culinary skills and a severe case of motion sickness. While in the US, she also signed up to star opposite Johnny Depp in the drug-trafficking drama Blow (2001) and opposite Matt Damon in Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses (2000). Cruz says she is cautious of being casted as a beautiful young sex symbol, but it is hard to imagine disguising her wide-eyed charms and generous nature. Fortunately, with Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky (2001) (a remake of Open Your Eyes (1997)) and a John Madden collaboration looming in her future, Penelope Cruz has a very successful acting career awaiting her in the future.

Did you know…?

Penelope asks fashion designers to join her to “give fur the cold shoulder.”  Penelope’s true passion is to stop animal cruelty.  She does this by not wearing or designing anything that has fur in it.  She created her anti-fur line with the famous anti-fur free Spanish clothing retailer Mango and she encourages her fans to become ant-fur through her advocacy.

Penelope Cruz’s Fights to Stop Animal Cruelty

Penelope will always be anti-fur because of the extreme cruelty that fur production causes millions of animals around the world. Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals raised on fur factory farms, where they spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, only to be killed by the cheapest methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Animals trapped in the wild do not have it any easier, as they can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, and gangrene as well as from attacks by predators.

Penelope Cruz’s Welcomes Rescue Dogs into Her Home

Penelope and husband, Academy Award–winning actor Javier Bardem, not only welcomed an adorable son, Leo, into their family last year but also opened their home to an array of rescued dogs and cats. Penélope loves her rescued animals so much that she has been known to take them with her to interviews! She wouldn’t dream of wearing her cats or dogs, but Chinese fur farms round up and kill millions of these animals, even skinning some alive and mislabeling their fur to sell to unsuspecting shoppers around the world.

WooFStoria Tip for Day

It is very sad that thousands of animals suffer abuse of some kind during their lives. Animal abuse can be caused by physical assaults or punishments – but many pets suffer from the silent abuse of neglect. When abuse occurs during a sensitive stage of a pet’s development, it can have a profound impact for the rest of its life, even if the pet is subsequently removed from the abusive environment.

An older animal may bounce back from a bad situation, but a young, impressionable dog will show lasting mental scars. Usually, the dog will have to be sweet-talked out of a shell of resistance and will likely never be fully trusting.

How to Help a Dog that Was Abused In The Past

First, do not expect things to turn around overnight.  It’s going to take time and they may never fully recover emotionally. It usually takes a year to transform a reclusive, abused pet into a family-friendly companion.   It can be challenging at first, but new owners who have had success transforming their new dog made a previously unhappy pet happy and saved its life by bringing them into their home and showing them lots of love.
Here is how to help your dog transform from an abused lifestyle:

  • Make your dog feel needed and loved
  • Allow your new dog to become accustomed to you at his own pace – never try to force the issue
  • Protect your dog against whatever he fears
  • Build the dogs confidence by introducing him to situations in which you arrange for him to be successful (arrange a positive outcome)
  • Strive for clear communication with your dog
  • Always ensure adequate exercise and a healthy diet
  • Give your new dog a safe place where he can go to get away from it all
  • Always speak quietly and encourage others in the household to do the same. Whisper “commands.” There is never any advantage to shouting. It does not make the message any clearer.
  • Try sitting in a quiet room at night with your new dog. Prevent him from totally dismissing you and avoiding your company completely by strategically closing certain doors. Sit quietly on a couch or bed and read a good book. Make sure the dog is hungry before you start and arm yourself with delicious food treats (hot dog or freeze-dried liver for most dogs; Pounce food treats for cats). Toss or slide the occasional food treat across the floor toward him. When a paw emerges from beneath the sofa he is hiding under you are on the right track. When the dog takes a pace or two toward you this means, the dog is gaining trust in you.  You should give your dog rewards with treats for taking “Little steps.” It is the best way to engender confidence and trust. Never try to hurry things along.
  • If your dog shows separation anxiety, arrange for him to have plenty to do when you have to go out.
  • If strangers terrify your dog, protect him from their well-meaning advances.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise and a healthy diet. Dogs need 20 to 30 minutes of running exercise (not just walking) every day. A tired dog is a good and happy dog!