Besides being part of a highly-acclaimed series, many cast members of “The Karate Kid” reboot share another thing in common: They’re dog lovers. In fact, there are so many dog owners in the cast that Woof Republic even compiled an article entitled “The Dogs of ‘Cobra Kai.'” Ralph Macchio is no exception, having a soft spot in his heart for fur babies.
When Macchio raised his family, they had a Shih Tzu, Ginger, at home, and when his brood’s beloved canine passed away, he didn’t want another. However, when his wife showed him a photo of a Yorkshire terrier from a shelter on Long Island, New York, where they live (via Newsday), things changed. The dog was brought to the shelter in need of medical care (via Newsday). And, although he had never adopted an animal before, once he became smitten with the little guy, named Oliver, who later became part of his family, Macchio’s outlook changed. “There are thousands if not more of these animals, so the concept of rescuing feels good, and as a family it feels like a positive thing,” he told People.
Another interesting part to Macchio’s adoption story (per Newsday) is the fact that another celebrity, Adrian Grenier, adopted from the same place: Kent Shelter, “a private nonprofit humane society to care for abused, abandoned and homeless animals.”