**Trigger Warning: This story contains mentions of alleged animal abuse.
As you may recall, before Rachel and James ended their relationship in 2021, the couple had adopted a puppy together in 2018, whom they named Graham. Following James and Rachel’s split, Graham continued to live with Rachel’s parents, despite James speaking out publicly about how much he missed the pup.
Fast forward to July 2023, TMZ reported that Rachel had abandoned her once-beloved dog at a shelter before heading to an Arizona mental health treatment center amid the Scandoval. Rachel denied abandoning Graham; however, the dog was ultimately reunited with James– and renamed Hippie– and now lives with James and his girlfriend Ally Lewber.
Rachel, who has previously spoken about her former pet’s alleged aggression issues, revealed on her podcast this week that she believes James is to blame for the dog’s poor behavior.
“The truth of the matter is that James was not a good dog owner,” Rachel claimed, as reported by Reality Tea. “In the way that James would taunt Graham. And he would just antagonize him. He would kick Graham off the couch when he was sleeping and not expecting it, so that would shock him.”
Rachel accused James of “encouraging Graham to bite his hands,” thus reinforcing that “biting behavior” with the dog. She also claimed that when James would drink too much, he would become “unhinged” and yell, which would frighten the Goldendoodle.
“ … Graham would hide under the couch,” Rachel said. “And dogs pick up on that kind of energy, so I’m sure that played a part in his behavior.”
Rachel said although she attempted to stop James from “tormenting” Graham, she didn’t want to nag her then-fiance.
“I would do my best to stop James from tormenting Graham, but I felt myself nagging him and my mom used to nag when I grew up and I don’t want to be like my mom,” she said. “So I would nag and nag, then I would stop and express to him that this was really bothering me.”
James has yet to respond to Rachel’s recent allegations.