The Washington Capitals, one of the most sought-after teams in the National Hockey League (NHL), gives people another reason to love them. This is after the team added a four-legged friend to their group. The new member is actually an adorable dog named Biscuit.
But wait! You might have the impression that Biscuit would play for the team. The truth is his role is very far from the action yet still important.
What will Biscuit do?
The nine-week-old chocolate Labrador would be training and socializing with the hockey team’s players and staff. This was in preparation for becoming a service dog through the organization called America’s VetDogs. So, in a way, Biscuit would be having his internship with the team.
America’s VetDogs is a non-profit group that provides service dogs for active-duty service members, veterans, and first responders with disabilities. The said service is actually offered for free.
The news of Biscuit’s Washington Capitals assignment came after the team hosted another dog named Captain earlier this year. Captain the pup finished training with the hockey team, and he was eventually placed with a retired Marine Corps officer.
Here’s how Biscuit’s training will go
The Labrador’s socialization training would take place in the hockey team’s front office. Biscuit would be also expected to take part in community events, home games, and practices. The whole training would last over a year.
Once done with the socialization training, he would then go back to America’s VetDogs headquarters to start his formal dog training. After graduating from this course, Biscuit would be paired with a first responder or a veteran.
With Biscuit’s new appointment, he immediately became a social media star. He even had his own Instagram and Twitter pages where fans could follow his journey, from his training to local public appearances and even downtimes. If you’re interested, just look for @CapsPup on Twitter and Instagram.
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