I have never quite got over a claim in the Guardian back in 2003 that the actress Naomi Watts’ pet dog had to be hospitalised after wolfing down a pile of marijuana left lying around. She denied it claiming that the beast suffered from narcolepsy. How I laughed.
Now I learn from a reliable source that she’s done a good turn for the canine race. While in Beijing filming The Painted Veil recently, she spotted a shop full of caged dogs. Told that they were due to be shot and sold as an accompaniment to pot noodles, she bought up the entire stock and had them flown back to the States for care and keeping. There, you don't have to become an international ambassador for UNICEF to be rich and caring.
In The Painted Veil, generous dog lover Naomi plays a character called … Kitty.