If you’re sad the Olympics are over, this story might cheer you up.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time – loves dogs.
On his days off, he can be found being a coach potato with his lazy english bulldog, Herman. According to Phelps, “We have the same exact personality. When I’m out of the pool I’m lazy and I just want to sit there on the couch and do nothing …he’ll just come up and watch TV with me.” If you ask us, that’s one of the best things about dogs – they’re great hangout buddies.
Phelps’ other dog, Stella, is a Catahoula mix that Mr. Phelps adopted back in November during a Today Show segment that promoted the adoption of shelter dogs. After Mr. Phelps spotted her, finding a home for Stella was literally a walk in the park. He whisked her off the leash and into his loving home. What a great story about how quickly a dogs luck can change with the power of adoption.
A far snooze from his coach potato bulldog, his Catahoula is highly energetic. Don Abney, breeder of champion Catahoula’s, says, “You must be ready to teach and exercise a Catahoula. If not, he will eat your house. The Catahoula will not let you forget that you own a dog.”
Despite their differences, Stella and Herman seem to be getting along very well and complement both sides of this Gold Medalist. Olympic style workouts paired with a little relaxation sounds like a pretty good setup. And who knows, maybe the retired Olympian will coach his pups to 19 gold medals at the Dog Olympics.
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