Winning Teams: Meet U.S. Olympians and Their Athletic Pets
The 2016 Rio Olympics are only 100 days away! To kick off the final countdown, American Olympians converged at Times Square to celebrate and show off their skills. Among those who pumped up New Yorkers for the big games was White, a World Champion ice dancer who also won gold with partner Meryl Davis at the Sochi Games. He is just one of many Olympians who feeds their beloved pet Nulo Pet Foods.
White and his wife are the proud owners of two Cavachons named DJ and Finn who love spending time on the couch and the ice with their humans.
“They have great personalities, they aren’t the most well trained dogs … they will go for a run with me but they’re going to stop, they’re going to sniff and they’re a constant reminder to be able to stop enjoy everything along the way,” White shared.
Patterson may be a 2004 Athens gold medalist for all around gymnastics, but her Seepadoodle Beauxgart still keeps up. The giant puppy loves playing fetch, swimming and counter surfing with the gymnast.
Hardee is a silver medalist in the decathalon and a doting dog dad to two Rottweiler mixes named Minka and Luca.
The pup pair love to play hard, but also adore covering their Olympian in kisses.
“Whether I've won or failed miserably, I can still walk through that door and my dogs still run up and lick me like they haven't seen me in 5 months and I love them back as much as they love me. When you give your dogs something great to eat, they love you even more for it,” Hardee said about his dogs's devotion.
Dozer the bulldog may look as tough as his Olympian mom, but this muscley pooch is actually a big pushover who loves belly rubs. It's 16-pound She-Ra who runs things around the World Champion swimmer's house. Even with these very different personalities, both dogs get the same amount of affection.
“Nutrition is so important to me, it’s super important to my dogs as well. Dozer and She-Ra are athletes, just like I am and we want to give them the best food possible. Feeding Nulo was such an easy thing for us because our dogs love it and it is really good to them.”
This 6'10” Olympian opted for a smaller dog, but his English cocker spaniel still has the big dog attitude. Magill isn't afraid to fetch the tennis star's150 mph serves and can play “doubles” with Isner for ages before tiring out.
“A lot of times, Magill will come watch practice, load up in the golf cart and go on the tennis court. Generally he's pretty good, even though he’s ball obsessed,” Isner shared.
To help support pups like Magill, Isner has joined with Nulo Pet Foods to give meals to shelters in need. For every ace Isner serves in the 2016 season, Nulo will donate 10 meals to a local animal shelter.
SARAH AND BEN TRUE
Otzi the husky has been helping his mom prep for the Rio Olympics by joining her on long runs the New Hampshire cold. Now things are heating up, Otzi has been supporting True by taking part in vigorous play sessions.