Meet the newest training partner for Bob Harper of ‘The Biggest Loser’: Karl (as in Lagerfeld)


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Bob Harper wasn’t in the market for a dog.

He has more than enough on his plate with ‘The Biggest Loser,’ trips back and forth to New York as part of his consulting gig on ‘Dr. Oz,’ a newly revamped version of the NBC show’s Wii fitness game and his own on-line fitness program at My Trainer Bob. (Check out the video for his new crop of fitness videos. My quads got sore just watching.)

So he said that when a friend called a few weeks ago and told him ‘You have to see this dog, you will fall in love,’ his reaction was ‘No way, absolutely no way.’


‘But my friend insisted. I said OK, OK, I’ll look at him, and, of course, there was no turning back.’

The rescue pup is from the Animal Advocates Alliance in Baldwin Park and was already housebroken. When it came to picking a new name, Harper said there was really only one choice for the black-and-white pup: Karl.

As in Lagerfeld.

As in one of Harper’s favorite designers and a man instantly recognizable for his own black-and-white look. (And if anyone thinks that this is an insult rather than the highest form of flattery, you are clearly not a dog person.)

Harper said he is especially proud that Karl is from a shelter. ‘It just kills me when people spend money on a dog when there are dogs in shelters waiting for someone to take them,’ her said. ‘I want to tell them, ‘No! Those are puppy mills!’’

--Rene Lynch

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