Elisabetta Canalis Steps Out with Her Dogs Post-Split

Bauer Griffin

updated 06/23/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 06/23/2011 AT 5:05 PM ET

Who needs a man when you have man’s best friend?

A day after her breakup from George Clooney went public, Elisabetta Canalis was spotted strolling through Milan’s Malpensa Airport Thursday with a pair of pooches.

“It is a very personal and sad matter,” her publicist said in a statement, “and Elisabetta wants it to remain that way.”

An ardent animal lover, Canalis, 32, is mom to mini-Doberman Piero and a Chihuahua she adopted in December 2009.

Before leaving the Italian city with her pets in tow, the model was seen shopping with brother Luigi at a Milan electronics store.

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