Within in the last 10 days, Kate Gosselin has posted two pictures of the Gosselin family’s pet German Shepherd for Twitter followers, squelching rumors that the dog was given away (or died) after rumors arose about the pet’s suspicious absence.
The most recent picture of the family dog, Shoka, was posted on Wednesday, a day after Christmas. The photo of the previously elusive German Shepherd came a day late, after wishing everybody a Merry Christmas in a thought bubble. Kate acknowledged the untimeliness in a tweet she shared:
“A little late, but a wish for you from our furry family member.”
Questions about the dog’s whereabouts were initially raised by tell-all author Robert Hoffman, whose vitriolic book about Kate titled “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World” accused Kate of animal and child abuse. The book was successfully blocked by Kate Gosselin and TLC’s lawyers in early October citing copyright infringements. The author claims he obtained Kate’s old hard drives from her trash can, retrieving a journal in which Kate speaks of acting out on her many parenting frustrations, allegedly providing Hoffman ample material for the book. Hoffman has been extremely vocal in calling these diary entries evidence of alleged child abuse. Hoffman also claims that Kate has treated their dog Shoka irresponsibly and exhibited behaviors of alleged animal cruelty.
In October, Radar Online reported that Hoffman accused Kate of “[Leaving] the family dogs in their cages behind the house for hours on end with no food.”
Hoffman also alleged that Kate would leave for days, leaving the dogs in their cages to defecate and vomit, without offering water or food. Hoffman claimed that Kate hit the animals as well.
While Kate has not responded directly to the allegations, her new rash of Shoka photos on img.ly which she has recently shared via Twitter, could be her way of saying that her dog(s) are still around. It is not clear if the Gosselin family kept both of their German Shephards as Shoka is the only one who has been referred to by name in the recent postings. The first picture posted after a long dog picture hiatus was at the end of October, shortly after Hoffman’s book came out in digital form.
A picture of the Gosselin’s dog was posted on Dec. 17 as well, with a caption that read, “Aw my furry one just came in for the night…photo by Mady; cute pose thanks to Cara (I was told to tweet this).”
The pictures may not be enough to completely squash the allegations of animal abuse however. The Dec. 17 picture prompted several comments questioning the caption, suggesting that the dog was left outside all day in rain and cold weather.