06/23/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT
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.