WINNING Streak presenter Geri Maye hit the jackpot when she picked up an abandoned, mistreated dog nearly four years ago.
The Limerick lass, originally from the Ennis Road but currently living between Castleconnell and Dublin, discovered the dog on the road in from Killaloe late one night in sub-zero conditions.
Taking him in for one night, she ended up falling in love with the Jack Russell, who now follows her everywhere.
Geri and Clooney were captured by Cormac Byrne for his Faces of Limerick exhibition, currently on display in the Strand Hotel.
“George Clooney is his name, it is the nearest I will ever get, one can dream,” laughed Geri. “I said I would keep him for one night - I figured you would only ever have a one night stand with George Clooney and then you would have to get out before he dumped you - but the little dog had the most beautiful little face.
“I brought him to the vet and he said the little mite had been tied up for four years, had severe throat and gum damage, had not eaten a proper meal in his life and I would need to be very careful where I put him, he really needed a good home. So I looked around for a couple of months and I got it into my head that no-one was good enough. I was vetting people - literally - and as the months went on I kept him.
“That was nearly four years ago, he has been in my life ever since and is the best little fella, he is just fabulous,” laughed Geri, who got married to Peter Collins, from Castleconnell, in January.
“I bring him everywhere, he is the most well travelled dog ever,” laughed the Winning Streak presenter, who joined Marty Whelan as the co-presenter of the popular show in December.
And it was a case of love at first sight for hubbie Peter too, Geri revealed.
“The two of them are like best pals, thank God that has worked out, if he didn’t like animals it might not have worked out too well,” she laughed.