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Healthy Pets

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Nikita Star Maggie Q Fights for the Rights of All Animals

From puppy mills in Los Angeles to bears in Vietnam, the young actress has made helping animals her primary mission.
By Melanie D. G. Kaplan
WebMD Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Audrey Cook, BVM&S

Imagine a world in which none of us hid our flaws, and all it took to see others' souls was a deep look into their eyes. When actor Maggie Q (Maggie Quigley), star of the CW spy drama Nikita, gets going on her favorite topic -- dogs -- she wonders why we can't all be more like her four-legged best friends.

"If I have a pimple, I don't want to leave the house," says the former model, 32. "But my son Cesar [her 9-year-old shepherd mix, one of three dogs she rescued while living in Hong Kong] has this deformity that was so bad they were going to put him down before I adopted him. And the minute he meets you, the first thing he does is stick out his handicapped leg so you can shake it, saying, 'Look, here's my flaw!' And you love him even more because of it. Why don't we all understand that it's OK we're not perfect?"

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Born in Hawaii to an American father and Vietnamese mother, Q now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not learning life lessons from her dogs, she splits her time between Nikita and a broad range of film roles -- credits include Mission Impossible III (2006, her first leading action role in an American film), Live Free or Die Hard (2007, with Bruce Willis), and Balls of Fury (2007, starring opposite George Lopez).

Maggie Q: Saving, Training Unadoptable Dogs

Most recently, she played a priestess in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Priest, trying to track down a murderous band of vampires. Before it hit the theaters in May, Q did some promotional interviews at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Cesar was at her feet, greeting reporters while his siblings, Lady, a shepherd mix, and Pedro, a chihuahua, both 13, were at home.

"These are dogs I used to not be able to take into public," Q says. "I always go for the large-breed aggressive dogs that people won't adopt, but you can't just adopt them -- you also have to rehabilitate them." At one point, Q had eight rescue dogs and says the pups were constantly fighting, getting hurt, and heading to the vet. "People say, 'You're so tough in your movies.' Well, you have no idea. I have broken up like five dog brawls. Girlfriend is tough!"

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