By now you've probably seen this video of a golden retriever playing fetch on the ice before a Caps game. No?
Here. Now you have.
When the dog wants to play catch with the puck on the ice at Verizon Center, you play catch with the dog on the ice at Verizon Center. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/UWMZ75TVmE— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) March 26, 2017
First watch reaction: "Get a load of this hockey hound! Who's a good boy?!"
Second watch reaction: "Who is this dog? Who let him on the ice? That dude just iced the puck. I know icing when I see it."
At long, last we can provide you with some answers for goodness sake. The canine and his owner went on the Sports Junkies this morning to tell some of the finer points on their tale.
(Just in case this slipped by you, we've entered an era where viral video dogs do radio interviews. 'And back to you, Dog...')
Some things we learned: Sam is the dog's name. Whoops! Here I've been calling him Hockey Dog for days. I'm so embarrassed.
Sam's owner is Sargeant Joseph Dolan of the Metropolitan Police. He explained that he and Sam arrive about three hours before game time and sniff around the Verizon Center for anything fishy.
Once the scene was secured on Saturday, Sgt. Dolan asked the man in charge of the ice if Sam could take a slide out there. The man usually says no, but this time he agreed and gave Sam a puck to play with.
The dog had played on the ice a handful of times before, so he was decently steady, but it was definitely the first time he'd been filmed. Probably good, because who wants video of themselves falling on their butt immortalized on the Internet?
We should note that one of our commenters dubbed Sam "Ofetchkin," which is quite clever. Honorable mention: "Barkstrom."
Anyway, turns out our guy Sam is a public servant AND a hockey lover. Consider reports of a "very good dog on the ice" confirmed.
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