What do you get when you mix the New York Islanders hockey team and rescue pups from the North Shore Animal League? One adorable photoshoot and a heart-warming adoption.
Last week, the shelter arranged for players to be photographed with puppies for its annual fund-raising calendar. Defenseman Calvin de Haan did his part to support the cause by adopting Mia, a four-month-old boxer mix.
Mia is in for a treat because De Haan already has a companion for her: Zeus, his two-year-old Bernese mountain dog, which he predicted will get along well with Mia.
De Haan told NHL.com that he and his girlfriend, have always talked about getting another dog. “We just thought it was the right thing to do,” the website quoted him as saying. “It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and we went to the shelter later that day. I had picked that dog out of the truck [for the calendar]. I just liked her demeanor. She wasn't super energetic, she was cuddly, mellow and well-behaved."
The shoot, featuring the athletes posing with lovable pups, is aimed at encouraging others to adopt homeless animals. De Hann’s good deed can only help the cause. “At the end of the day, it feels like good karma,” he said.