The Los Angeles-based dog rescue organization from which Olivia Wilde adopted her Golden Retriever, Gordon, wants to “set the record straight” on what really happened to him.
Amid explosive claims from the actress’ former nanny, Maeday Rescue took to Instagram on Friday to explain the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ director’s decision to “reinstate Gordy.”
They called Wilde, 38, a “great advocate for animal rescue” and a “responsible animal owner” who acted “out of compassion and love for him”.
According to Maeday, the organization “rescued” Gordon – “along with his 4 littermates” – from an unnamed “shelter” in 2018.
Rescue founder Natalie then ‘followed and bottle-fed’ them until the organization was able to find them ‘their perfect forever homes’.
Wilde “adopted” one of the four dogs “at 2 months old” and gave him “lots of love”, “training” and “travel adventures”.
However, according to the rescue center, Wilde “realized that Gordy didn’t like the travel life and wasn’t happy with toddlers.”
Wilde and her ex-fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, share two children: son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 6.
Maeday says Gordon “formed a really strong bond with his dog walker,” who lived in Brooklyn.
“Olivia called Maeday to discuss” the situation, and “after careful thought and consideration”, all parties involved felt that giving the dog to the New York dog walker would be in “Gordy’s best interest”.
“Once in a while the pet is just happier in a different environment and that’s okay,” the rescue center wrote, insisting he “takes pride” in “finding that perfect home. forever” for his animals.
Maeday also pointed out that Gordy’s Instagram page is full of evidence that “he’s living his best life!”
“We thought we should share this because we hate it when the media portrays a Maeday adopter in a bad light,” the organization said without elaborating.
Last week, the former Wilde and Sudeikis nanny made a series of explosive allegations about the exes, including that the director carelessly got rid of Gordon so she could travel more with her new boyfriend, Harry Styles.
“After [Wilde] left [at the start of November 2020]she came for a visit and said, ‘We need to find Gordon a new home,’ nonchalantly,” the ex-employee told the Daily Mail.
“Jason doesn’t really care about animals and wanted him out of their house as soon as possible.”
According to the nanny, who chose to remain anonymous, Sudeikis, 47, once told her that Wilde only had the pet for ‘appearances anyway’ and that she ‘rarely took care of’ him .
“I told Jason I knew someone who loved Gordon and was ready to take him in,” the woman said. “So Jason said, ‘Let’s get him out of here right now. “”
In a joint statement to Page Six, Wilde and Sudeikis issued a comprehensive denial of their former employee’s claims.
“As parents, it is incredibly heartbreaking to learn that a former nanny of our two young children would choose to publicly make such false and scurrilous accusations about us,” they told us last week via their rep.
“His now 18-month-long campaign to harass us, our loved ones, close friends and colleagues has reached its unfortunate peak. We will continue to focus on nurturing and protecting our children with the sincere hope that she will now choose to leave our family alone.