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The tennis ace and her sister Serena are huge dog lovers. Venus has two Cavalier King Charles spaniels and a Havanese named Harold. "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.
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The hunky swimmer enjoys a cuddle in bed with 3-year-old dog Carter. Lochte has been known to walk Carter while riding a scooter.
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London's 2012 games may be the swimmer's third time going to the Olympics, but saying goodbye to his dogs still isn't easy. "Happy to get sometime with the pups today before I leave," he Tweeted on July 6.
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Looks like the track and field star has some fierce competition in her Weimaraner.
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The rhythmic gymnast's other passion? Animals!
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Getting their game faces on! "Me and #BOSS gettin ready for the match!" the soccer midfielder Tweeted.
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The soccer forward's family got a little bit bigger in July with the addition of this Boston terrier. He'll be chasing balls in no time!
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The swimmer enjoys parade-watching with her best pal (just consider it practice for watching Mom do the 100-meter breaststroke).
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Adopted in May 2011, the swimmer's pup Biggie has lived up to his name. Thanks to Dwyer's signature freestyle, his arms can handle a lot of dog.
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She's worked hard for her gold medals, but her dog? Not so much. "Give it back!" the swimmer Tweeted.
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"God I love this dog. Look at that face!!" the rower from New Jersey shared on Twitter.
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Go, team! "Lucy is feeling the Olympic trials spirit back home," the gymnast Tweeted.
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Swimmer meets swimmer! "Got to meet Lily after the show," Shanteau wrote on Twitter of his visit with a bottlenose dolphin at Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium.
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The Texas-based swimmer takes her dog Mallie on many adventures – like swim practice, the beach and the airport. Next stop, London!
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The Olympic Games will take the gymnast away from the adorable puppy he brought home in July. "Miss this little guy," he Tweeted.
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