Dog Days Are (Almost) Over: Captain’s Final Visit to a Capitals Game

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It was a bittersweet afternoon at Capital One Arena as Captain, the Washington Capitals’ team dog and service dog in-training, attended his last Capitals game as a member of the team. He will be leaving the Capitals in a few days for New York to undergo final preparations and training to graduate to then be placed with a veteran or first responder with disabilities.

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Captain has been with the Capitals for seventeen months as a part of his training to become a service dog.

Fans were introduced to Captain during the Rock the Red Carpet event on October 5, 2019, prior to the Capitals’ home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, making his first appearance with captain Alex Ovechkin and attending his first game that evening.

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Once Captain’s basic training is finished with the team, he will go back to America’s VetDogs, a non-profit organization based in Smithtown, New York, for a few months of final preparations before becoming an official service dog.

Not only have fans had the opportunity to enjoy Captain’s company and cuteness at practices and other events, but they also got to watch his progression and growth as a future helper to a first responder or veteran.

Video: @capspup/IG

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 comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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