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Send the dogs to the Ducks

It’s time for Anaheim to hop on the bow-wow wagon!

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The Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes, San Jose Sharks...these teams have one very important thing in common: team pups.


In the last few seasons, more and more teams have jumped on the dog train. Currently, there are 10 who have done so, and of course, it’s all for a good cause. These dogs are all training to be service dogs, and each team is working with their local service organization to help the dogs get acclimated to the public. What better place is it to do so than inside a filled NHL rink?

Fans will be seen taking selfies their teams respected doggy which is gladly encouraged before they eventually pass their test to become certified and to go to someone who is in need. Captain is the name of the Washington Capitals dog in training, and the team are working with America’s Vet Dogs, which is a New York-based organization that trains their dogs for disabled veterans as well as first responders.

From what has been said, Captain is partial to playing with and chewing on smelly hockey gloves.

Hampus Lindholm and his adorable Dachshund.
(via IG @hampuslindholm47)

With that, I think it’s high time for the Anaheim Ducks to join that list of NHL teams and I know that I’m not alone in this sentiment. We all know that animals have a natural healing power and while the team dog is being trained, it could also help the team when spirits need lifted. And of course, the fans will love it.

With many service training organizations in Southern California, it can easily be arranged. Make it happen, Ducks. It’s time.