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On Friday, the Washington Capitals held a photoshoot for their annual dog calendar, benefitting Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. While we posted everything that was put up on social media that day by the Caps, we didn’t tell you that our very own Amanda Bowen went to the event and got her own photos.

And oh man, they are incredible.

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You Should Adopt John Carlson’s Dogs Amy and Jo

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That sound is your heart melting.

Earlier in the year, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson did an ad for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. It was a great gesture, and Carlson joined Karl Alzner as one of the biggest dog advocates on the team.

Well tonight, the Olympic defensemen went a little bit further, this time offering a unique opportunity for followers of his Twitter account. Carlson put two adorable puppies that had been living with him as a foster parent up for adoption. Yes, you can totally own two of Carly’s dogs. They are eight-weeks old.

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On Sunday night Alex Ovechkin introduced the world to his dogs using Instagram. I did not know this, but he has five of them and they are all German Shepherds. And they are all ready for bedtime.

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Am I writing my third Caps dog post in a week? I am writing my third Caps dog post in a week.

Today in cute Washington Capitals dog photo news, Karl “Katniss” Alzner and John Carlson posed for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. Alzner, who has three rescue puppies at home, posed with two of his own dogs, the world-famous Charlie and Murphy. Carlson posed with his own pup as well, Ellie, who he describes in the poster as “his best girl.”

The posters will go up in Baltimore — which I hope explains that beautiful hue of orange on the side — and will target Charm City’s youth.

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Meet the Leonsis Puppies: Coco and Lulu

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The Capitals’ other minority owners, Coco and Lulu

Growing up, Elle Leonsis always wanted a dog. But when she asked her parents, she was rebuffed by Dad. Like 10% of Americans, Ted and son Zach are allergic to cats and dogs.

But Elle kept at it and eventually it wore down another member of the family, Mom. One day in 2005, the family’s matriarch made a unilateral decision while trying to keep everyone’s wishes in mind. When Ted and Zach came home that night was a small, barking bundle of joy waiting on the couch. Coco, the family’s first pet, was greeted with watering eyes and sneezes.

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Karl Alzner’s Dog Ends His Personal Lockout

With the lockout a little over a month old, Karl Alzner‘s dog Murphy decided to show the type of free-thinking and ingenuity that will be needed to end the NHL’s labor dispute. Presumably using his paws, Murphy jimmied the crate door open (again) and left his calling card on the carpet.

The reign of terror in the Alzner household continues.

Photo via @KarlAlzner

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Karl Alzner’s Dogs Can Escape Crates

Despite his strong play throughout the season, Karl Alzner might be more famous lately for his dogs’ bad behavior.

A month ago, as Alzner and his fiancee Mandy left for Game Three against the Rangers, they decided to leave their dogs out of their crate for the night. Of course, that was the night that the game went into triple overtime, and when the two returned at 2 AM, their dogs Charlie, Murphy, and Duncan had trashed their home.

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Early Thursday morning, a disappointed and exhausted Karl Alzner returned home with his fiancé Mandy. Alzner, who was on the ice when the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik ended Game Three in triple overtime, had just participated in the longest NHL game since 2008 and the third longest game in Washington Capitals history.

Unfortunately for Karl, the deflating loss was just the beginning of his problems. In a tweet at 2 AM, Alzner published a photo with the caption Dogs not happy about the loss either. In the picture, Alzner’s dogs can be seen posing — proudly — in front of his trashed living room.

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