Olympians Love Their Pets!

I don’t know about you, but I watched every possible minute of coverage from the London Olympics. There were some heartwarming stories of athletes and how much they love their pets. The photo above, a cute shot of US gymnast Jordyn Wieber and her mother Rita at home with their puppy, Lucy, is an example. But there are so many more cat-loving, dog-loving super athletes.

I was especially tickled to come across athletes across the globe who found creative ways to share the experience any way they could with their pets who couldn’t make it to the athletic venues of Olympic Park.

The inset picture is my favorite. Men’s tennis champion Andy Murray of Great Britain won a gold medal after defeating Roger Federer, and added a silver with his mixed doubles partner Laura Robson. As soon as he returned to his native Scotland, Murray’s two terriers, Maggie May and Rusty, “stole” his medals so they could try them on.

Seriously, isn’t that the cutest picture you’ve ever seen? In case you’re wondering where the picture came from, it appeared on Maggie May’s Twitter feed. Yes, she has her own Twitter account (@maggiemay_hem), and it boasts almost 10,000 followers. That’s Maggie May on the right with Murray’s gold medal, and Rusty on the left with the silver.

Another British athlete, boxer Nicola Adams, wanted her Doberman Dexter to see what she was up to, so Adams paid for Dexter to have her own television brought to her at her kennel in Leeds while mom was boxing. Dexter must have enjoyed the experience, since Adams won the gold medal.

According to Chris Chase of Yahoo Sports, “Dexter celebrated by taking a nap and barking at a nearby Pomeranian.” Perhaps the Pomeranian was rooting for the Chinese boxer who ended up having to settle for the silver medal.

 

 

-Photos Credits: Inset photo from @maggiemay_hem; Feature Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice/Getty Images

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