A Paw-fect Day: Caps Pup Visits America’s VetDogs In New York

Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 6.54.13 PMPhoto: CapsPup via Twitter

The Washington Capitals traveled up to Long Island ahead of a Metro Division matchup against the New York Islanders. However, they weren’t the only ones traveling. Captain, the team dog and service dog in training made the trip up north earlier today, which featured a stop at America’s VetDogs‘ headquarters in Smithtown, New York.

Captain’s outing began early this morning.

This afternoon, Caps Pup arrived at his old stomping grounds in some windy conditions.

The first order of business was the weigh-in. Captain has grown up a lot since joining the Capitals over three months ago. He weighs 65 pounds now!

At the training center, he perfected his skills with his trainers.

After a break (working off that kibble), Captain met veterans and their pups prior to graduation on Saturday. You can read more about graduate stories by clicking here.

The Islanders also have a pup through America’s VetDogs. Tori, a little reddish/yellow female Labrador Retriever is apart of  “Puppies with a Purpose” as a service dog. Maybe we’ll get a chance to see Captain and Tori together on Saturday?

Being a part of America’s VetDogs’ program, an important quality of Captain is his 16-month training to become a service dog for a veteran or first responder with disabilities. Once Captain’s basic training is finished with the team, he will go back to the non-profit organization in Smithtown for a few months of final preparations before becoming an official service dog.

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By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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