Thursday is National Puppy Day, which means that your social media streams have already found cute streaks of light in what can often be dark vacuum of content.
You can argue that this is an irrelevant, made-up day that puppies won't even know about, and you are mostly right. Except this is also a day to see the good in the world in the form of man's best friend and celebrate what canines have meant to us in our lives.
They have certainly meant something to several Redskins players. As you'll see below, their pups have provided companionship, humor, motivation and utility. Here's a look at some of the team's barking besties.
Last year at this time, we documented the many dogs that the quarterback has already fostered with his wife, Julie, but over the last year, the Cousins family has made room for just one – Bentley, a golden-doodle that Kirk loves to post about. They treat him almost too nicely – blow drying him after baths and supplying him with the best dog food – but it's hard not to spoil him. He's even spun Bentley's dog food into a marketing opportunity, which is really quite something.
It's fair to say that Breeland stole everyone's hearts when we captured him playing pied piper to a litter of English bulldogs before training camp last year. Breeland was able to find homes for them and kept one himself, naming it Tupac. Because it's puppy day, I'll also make sure to include a video of the little guys nursing when they were first born last year. Try not adopting an English bulldog after watching.
Bulldogs are a popular breed among football players, and the same is true for linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, whose two guys, Franklin and George, are two more English bulldogs. In fact, these two have their own Instagram page and will be participating in the Fashion for Paws runway show on April 8 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. See you there.
The offensive lineman is a hunter, first and foremost. So, it makes sense that his dogs are hunting dogs, aiding him in the chase to acquire ducks and other small game that Scherff apparently has no problem tracking down and collecting. There's probably no better feeling than accomplishing a task with the help of your dog (if you read "Where The Red Fern Grows" or watch "Old Yeller" you'll understand), and I'm sure Scherff would agree.
Davis seems like he is always busy. When he's not traveling the globe, he's visiting schools, working on his art, promoting himself on television or curling. And yet he still manages to make time for his French bulldog, which he's even dressed in a Redskins scarf. It seems his favorite pose is with his tongue out. "I should have named him Michael Jordan," Davis captioned in one photo.