The NHL’s Seattle Kraken has welcomed its first-ever team-up on the ice – a 4-month-old Husky mix named Davy Jones.
Davy started out as a homeless pup in Texas and then found his way to Dog Gone Seattle, a foster-based rescue organization based in the Seattle area. He was adopted by Chris Scarbrough, lead developer of the Climate Pledge Arena (Kraken’s home arena) in Seattle and the Seattle Kraken app.
When looking for a team-up, Kraken was set up for adoption from a rescue or shelter. “We knew the chosen puppy had to be good with people and especially with kids,” Chris says.
As the official team dog, Davy will be a community ambassador, appearing at public events and some of the team’s home games. Davy will also be trained as a licensed therapy dog, with the help of canidae, the official Pet Food Nutrition sponsor of Davy Jones and the Seattle Kraken, as well as the team dogs of five other NHL teams. Once he’s done training, the team hopes to use Davy at events that would benefit from a therapy dog, such as hospital visits.
For now, Davy enjoys playing with his new teammates and stealing the show on the ice at home games. After his official debut, he has already made quite a few friends, both in the team and in the stands.
“He seems to like the attention,” Chris says. Unsurprisingly, he also enjoys watching hockey. “He actually follows the puck!”
When Davy isn’t working, he plays with Doug, the Scarbrough’s other dog, all day.
The team hopes that Davy especially brings people a moment of happiness. “When he’s old enough, he’ll be trained as a therapy dog, where he can bring peace and warmth to someone who needs it,” Chris says. “He definitely has the ability to do it.”
Follow Davy’s adventures on Twitter @DavyJonesDoggo†