While many fans will travel to London to see their favorite athletes in action, some four-legged fans will have to be content to stay home and watch their pet parents go for the gold.
But that doesn’t mean these dogs should go unrecognized for their contribution. In fact, some of them are quite athletic themselves.
Michael Phelps, Swimmer
Michael Phelps may have 16 Olympic medals and be one of the most decorated Olympians in the history of the games, but the two biggest loves of his lives are his dogs, Herman and Stella.
Herman, a Bulldog, is affectionately called Big Herm, and Stella is a Catahoula mix he recently adopted after meeting her on NBC’s “Today.”
Phelps is a dedicated dog dad. As soon as he gets back from London, he intends to teach Stella how to swim, so she can spend more time with him and her furbrother in the pool.
That’s one swimming lesson I’d like to take.
Abby Wambach, Soccer Player
Abby Wambach is currently the second highest all-time goal scorer for the USA Women’s National Soccer Team, but it’s her dog, Winston, that steals the show.
You see, Winston, a Bulldog, is a brilliant skateboarder – move over Tillman – often receiving praise for his talent while his soccer star mom takes the backseat. However, Wambach admits she thinks Winston’s favorite part of skateboarding is chewing on the board more so than riding it.
Perhaps chewing on his board makes Winston a better skater.
Ryan Lochte, Swimmer
Ryan Lochte is an incredibly well-rounded champion and poised to really give fellow swimmer, Michael Phelps, a run for his medals. But when he is not swimming, his heart belongs to Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. No, not the famous rapper more popularly known as Lil’ Wayne, but Lochte’s Doberman.
Lochte recently tweeted, “Carter decided to sleep under the covers between my legs … He misses daddy.”
Is there room in that bed for one of my dogs?
Venus Williams, Tennis Player
Williams is a powerhouse on the tennis court, there is no doubt about that, but when it comes to dogs, she turns to mush.
“You’re out there on your own and you need a friend who’s there for you – wins, losses – and who really cares for you,” she said in an interview with People.
I bet her dogs feel the same way.
Lolo Jones, Hurdler
Lolo Jones likes to run as fast as she can while jumping over hurdles, which is a good thing, because she currently holds the record in the 60-meter hurdles. It should come as no surprise that she intends to turn that record into gold.
But when she’s at home, she prefers the company of her running partner, a Weimaraner she calls Boudreaux Jones. She recently tweeted that he was quite upset when he learned there would be no doggie Olympics:
“Sadly when i told em no doggie olympics, he lost motivation 2 run. Overdosed on bacon treats.”
Who doesn’t turn to food when they hear disappointing news? I know I do!