Ellen Pompeo looks for the usual skills in a nanny: good at changing diapers, active with the kids and, of course, able to chase off wild animals to save the family pet.
OK, maybe not. But Pompeo’s nanny did just that last week when a coyote jumped the fence onto the Grey’s Anatomy actress’s property and went after her poodle, Lizzie.
Pompeo appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday and told the story of Lizzie’s harrowing ordeal and the family nanny’s act of extreme bravery.
“A coyote jumped my wall at my house… six foot wall around the whole property, middle of the day… There’s a good chance that the coyote jumped on top of a car roof and then over (the wall),” Pompeo said. “We had a house full of people and he just jumped over the wall and hid in the bushes, so no one really saw the coyote… and then the next you know my nanny looked out and saw the coyote chasing the dog across the yard, and by the time she could get out there the coyote had the dog in its mouth.”
Pompeo said she wasn’t home when it happened. Good thing the Pompeo family nanny was ready for action.
Pompeo continued, “I had run to the store, I wasn’t there… so she (the nanny) just started screaming… My husband said, ‘I thought somebody was, like, getting butchered to death.’ The coyote dropped the dog and jumped back over the fence.”
Little Lizzie survived the attack but had six puncture wounds from the coyote’s teeth, Pompeo said. It was lucky she was the one the coyote went after, instead of one of Pompeo’s two other, smaller pooches.
“Lizzie is the biggest of the three, thank God, because the other two would not have survived these injuries… The other two dogs are literally five pounds each. They’re tiny tiny toy poodles,” Pompeo said. “(Pompeo’s husband) Chris (Ivery), earlier in the day, had come home and forgotten to shut his car door… and (one of the dogs) Tino ran in the car and hid in the back seat on the floor of the car. He’s so smart.”