Capital One Arena – Gone to the Dogs: A Recap of Caps Canine Night

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While the Washington Capitals’ Thursday night tilt against the Anaheim Ducks marked captain Alex Ovechkin’s long-awaited return to the lineup, the night also happened to be Caps Canine Night at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals and the Pedigree Foundation partnered to bring awareness to the importance of adopting rescue and shelter dogs. The Caps’ players entered the arena with some special, four-legged companions: puppies and cats available for adoption through the local Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.

Also in attendance were the Capitals’ team dog Biscuit (aka Caps Pup), who partook in a ceremonial puck drop. As if the current team dog was not enough, Biscuit’s predecessor Captain, and his veteran partner (through America’s VetDogs organization) Mark Gwathmey were also in attendance for the special occasion. Biscuit, like Captain, will one day be paired with an Armed Forces veteran or first responder.

The Capitals and Wolf Trap Animal Rescue partner on the team’s annual Canine Calendar, which showcases available dogs/puppies for adoption.

The Caps also welcomed US Marine Corps veteran Ryan Grosse and his dog Fred, whom he rescued while on deployment in Afghanistan in the midst of the battlefield.

While the Caps’ sixth straight loss was not by any means a bright spot, the presence of some furry friends in the building surely lightened the mood on the night “The Vault” went to the dogs.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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1 Response to Capital One Arena – Gone to the Dogs: A Recap of Caps Canine Night

  1. Anonymous says:

    Captain! I miss that dude.

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