Pup-date! Captain Receives Official America’s VetDogs Service Dog Vest

Photo: @CapsPup

It’s been a little over two weeks since Captain, the Washington Capitals team dog, returned to America’s VetDogs in Smithtown, New York, to undergo final preparations and training to graduate to then be placed with a veteran or first responder with disabilities. On Thursday, Captain officially received his America’s VetDogs service dog vest!

He looks paw-fect if you ask me.

Captain also gave us a peek inside his training camp locker at AVD a few days ago. Photos of other NHL pups and him with various Capitals players decorate the locker. A photo of Captain and Scout, the second service dog in training that Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) are raising in partnership with America’s VetDogs, was included along with “dog training” books, mini hockey equipment, treats, and a signed helmet from the team.

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.

He has been with the Capitals for seventeen months as a part of his training to become a service dog. Captain attended his final Capitals game as a member of the team on February 20.

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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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