Kaley Cuoco: My dog Norman ‘has saved me in more ways than I can explain’

Best buds. Kaley Cuoco raved over her relationship with her dog Norman in a sweet Instagram post.

“My main man!! Norman, love of my life for always,” the Big Bang Theory actress, 32, captioned a photo of her pet on Wednesday, November 7. “This guy has saved me in more ways than I can explain.”

Cuoco then encouraged her followers to rescue animals with “#adoptdontshop.”

The 8 Simple Rules alum opened up to Us Weekly about her love for pit bull Norman in September 2017. “I’m going to put a tattoo of him on me,” she quipped of her oldest dog at the time. “That’s how much I love him. He’s everything.”

Cuoco shared her pit bulls’ — she is also mom of Shirley — favorite activity with Us, too. “They swim almost every day, even when it’s freezing,” she noted. In fact, the duo enjoyed floating on water toys in the pool in July as their owner recovered from shoulder surgery.

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8 SIMPLE RULES (FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER) - (Photo by Wren Maloney/ABC via Getty Images) KALEY CUOCO;JOHN RITTER (Photo via Getty)
Kaley Cuoco arriving at the ABC Network Upfront 2002/2003 Season at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York City. May 14, 2002. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect via Getty
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Kaley Cuoco, of the ABC network show '8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter' attend the ABC Primetime Preview Weekend on August 24, 2002 at Disney's California Park in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kaley Cuoco (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the Solstice Spring 2003 Fashion Party at the Ivar Nightclub on February 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kaley Cuoco during Los Angeles Premiere for 'Freddy Vs. Jason' - Arrivals at Arclight Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 2: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives for the Premiere The New Power awards at Forbidden City June 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Kaley Cuoco during Gibson/Baldwin Presents 'Night at the Net' at the 78th Annual Mercedes-Benz Cup Benefiting MusiCares Foundation at Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
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Jaron Lowenstein and Kaley Cuoco (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Kaley Cuoco at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Robert C. Mora/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 19: 'The Bad Fish Paradigm' -- After her first date with Leonard goes awry, Penny (Kaley Cuoco, right) finds an unwilling confidant in Leonard's anti-social roommate, Sheldon (Jim Parsons, left), on the second season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, September 22 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Marley & Me' on December 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 10: 'The Cushion Saturation' -- Leonard (Johnny Galecki, left) tries to mediate when a paintball game leads to a fight between Penny (Kaley Cuoco, right) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons, center), on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, March 2 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: The cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' (L-R) actors Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Johnny Galecki attend The Alzheimer's Association's 17th Annual 'A Night At Sardi's' at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 4, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Actress Kaley Cuoco speaks onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 01: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the 25th Annual Television Critics Association Awards Cocktail Reception at The Langham Resort on August 1, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Actress Kaley Cuoco visits the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on October 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Kaley Cuoco attends a game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Actors Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco speak on 'The Big Bang Theory' panel during 2010 CBS Summer TCAs at The Beverly Hilton hotel on July 28, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Actress Kaley Cuoco speaks onstage during the American Country Awards 2010 held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Kaley Cuoco and Christopher French arrive at the 2011 InStyle And Warner Bros. 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards post-party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: (L-R) 'Big Bang Theory' co-stars Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki pose backstage at 'The Normal Heart' on Broadway at The Golden Theater on May 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 28: 'The Higgs Boson Observation'Â -- Amy (Mayim Bialik, right) feels threatened when Sheldon hires a young female assistant, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Oct. 11 (8:00 - 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Kaley Cuoco (left) (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the Corey Helford Gallery Presents Giles Walker's 'The Last Supper' at Corey Helford Gallery on September 7, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Kaley Cuoco attends the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 6, 2012 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Kaley Cuoco at The People's Choice Awards 2013 Nomination Announcements held at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Host Kaley Cuoco attends the 2013 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 2013 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 9: Ellen Degeneres and Host, Kaley Cuoco during The PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS, the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television, will air live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Kaley Cuoco and singer Keith Urban speak onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV- APRIL 07: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- AUGUST 25: Actress Kaley Cuoco (R) and husband Ryan Sweeting arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the Amanda Foundation's Annual Bow Wow Beverly Hills Halloween event at Two Rodeo on October 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 26: 'The Cooper Extraction' -- While Sheldon is away in Texas, everyone gathers to decorate the apartment Christmas tree, and they each realize how much he has changed their lives, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Dec. 12 (8:00 -Â 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Kaley Cuoco. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Kaley Cuoco (R) and husband Ryan Sweeting attend the 2014 InStyle and Warner Bros. 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 9: 'The Hook-Up Reverberation' -- Raj's honesty about his past comes back to haunt him after his girlfriend, Emily, is cold to Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:31, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Actress Kaley Cuoco gets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame with a Star on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) Actors Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad attend 'The Wedding Ringer' photo call at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the premiere of 'The Wedding Ringer' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Kaley Cuoco -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0331 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kaley Cuoco during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration at Barker Hangar on November 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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The Wedding Ringer star and her husband, Karl Cook, run an animal-friendly household. The couple, who tied the knot with their pets by their side in June, also have multiple show horses, a bulldog named Tank, a white terrier named Ruby, rabbits and a rescued mini dwarf horse named Shmooshy.

Cuoco spoke in September about her passion for rescue pets and detailed tips for those who want to help. “Even if you’re not ready to take a dog on, I always say go [to a shelter] and just give your time volunteering,” she explained at the time. “The dogs are desperate for walks. Give your old blankets, anything you can give, dog beds, towels that you think you’re going to throw away, send it over to a shelter. They need it more than anything.”

The activist put her money where her mouth is — in December 2017 she donated $200 for every animal that was adopted from a Paw Works location that month. “Maybe it’s time to add a furry friend to your family this holiday season,” she wrote on Instagram. “It will change their life. And yours!!”

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SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Actor Johnny Galecki, actor Kaley Cuoco, and Karl Cook attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Actress Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Why Him?' at Regency Bruin Theater on December 17, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Actress Kaley Cuoco (L) and Karl Cook are seen in the East Village on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Equestrian Karl Cook and actress Kaley Cuoco arrive at Longines Masters Los Angeles Gala at Long Beach Convention Center on September 29, 2016 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco is seen at LAX on May 02, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are seen on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Kaley Cuoco (R) and Karl Cook arrive at the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Why Him?' at Regency Bruin Theater on December 17, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Kaley Cuoco (R) and Karl Cook attend the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook arrive at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook arrive at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are seen on December 07, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Kaley Cuoco, Karl Cook arrives at the Longines Masters Los Angeles - Gala at Long Beach Convention Center on September 29, 2016 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Actress Kaley Cuoco and equestrian Karl Cook react during Bob and Mike Bryan of United States and Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco of Spain doubles match during day six of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Kevork S. Djansezian/GC Images)
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