Amal Clooney is smitten with St Bernard puppy given to her by husband George for her birthday – but he’s already a real armful
They own several large mansions in beautiful locations around the world — and George and Amal Clooney will likely be extra grateful for all that space, given the newest addition to their family.
The couple just took possession of a St Bernard puppy named Nelson, which was said to be a surprise 46th birthday present from the actor to his wife.
The adorable pup was already more than a handful for civil rights lawyer Amal when the couple took him for a walk through the picturesque town streets of Cotignac in the south of France.
She struggled to pick him up, and it took both her arms to cradle him – although she should enjoy it while she could, as St Bernards can weigh as heavy as 13 stone.
Wearing a belted suede mini dress and black boots, Amal laughed as the pooch rode around the winding medieval streets.
George surprised his wife Amal on her 46th birthday with a Saint Bernard puppy named Nelson
Civil rights attorney Amal looked like she immediately fell head over heels in love with the soft bundle of joy as she carried him in her arms
The beloved couple walked Nelson through the streets of Contingac, a small town 20 miles from Brignolses, on the Var, in the Cote d’Azur, where they now live
Dressed in jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, she and George, 62, visited an art gallery and joined friends for lunch on the terrace of the gourmet Picotte restaurant.
It is speculated that the Clooneys have now moved permanently to the Cote d’Azur and are no longer spending time at their £10 million Thameside mansion in Sonning, Berkshire.
The couple, along with their six-year-old twins Ella and Alexander, are said to have been living at the 18th century Domaine du Canadel for several months.
And they have not been seen at the Grade II listed property in the UK – which they bought in 2014 and spent millions renovating – for two years, according to locals.
Their idyllic French estate includes a 25-hectare vineyard, a swimming pool, tennis court, boules court, olive grove and ornamental lake.
It’s also just a 25-minute drive from Chateau Miraval, the winery that George’s good friend and fellow actor Brad Pitt bought with Angelina Jolie while they were still married.
She has since secretly sold her stake to a Russian vodka oligarch, sparking an ongoing and bitter legal battle over who has the controlling interest.
The couple enjoyed the sun and charm of the picturesque village in the south of France as they took their new pooch Nelson to explore the area
Nelson already appears to be very well trained as he was spotted in front of his new superstar owners
Amol painted with her new pooch Nelson on the streets of Contingac
After a while, Nelson clearly exhausted himself and was soon whipped up by civil rights attorney Amal
The St Bernard puppy looked adorable as Amol carried him in her arms
George arranged a romantic getaway in the village of Cotignac, where the couple were seen taking a romantic stroll
Afterwards, they had lunch at the Picotte restaurant, a gourmet establishment that offers local cuisine with fresh and local products
The Clooneys, who married in Venice six years ago, also have a luxury home on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.
George bought Villa Oleandra from the Heinz family in 2002 and spends most summers at the property, which boasts a basketball court, movie theater and a garage full of vintage motorcycles.
It has hosted a string of stars, including Jennifer Aniston and Matt Damon, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Parts of Clooney’s film Ocean’s Twelve were also shot there. There were reports that Clooney would sell it, which he insisted was untrue.
Nelson is not the first St. Bernard the family has owned. Four years ago, George brought a puppy, Rosie, named after his late aunt, actress and singer Rosemary Clooney.
He is also known for rescuing animals, who end up traveling the world with him. He previously owned cocker spaniel Einstein, who died in 2017, and the couple have since rescued basset hound Millie and Louie, another spaniel.