updated 10/27/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/27/2011 AT 5:30 PM ET
Rosie O’Donnell has a dog to thank for her new relationship with girlfriend Michelle Rounds. A conversation about Rounds’s Pomeranian is what first brought them together.
“When I met her she was in Starbucks holding the dog,” O’Donnell, 49, said on Wednesday’s The Rosie Show. “And I walked in and I thought she was like a 28-year-old heterosexual, and I thought, Oh, I’ll just chat her up. And I was like, ‘Oh, I’m trying to get one of those dogs for my daughter.’ ”