DOG DAYS: Ranking the Los Angeles Kings’ Dogs
Many Kings players have dogs. Some are better than others. This is a ranking of each dog, taking into consideration objective coolness, and, uh, yeah, that’s about it.
#1. Arnold, Mike Richards’ black lab.
Breed: Most popular breed of dog in America, known for even temper and good behavior. Popular assistance dog, famously known for helping hockey forwards with diminishing skills perform everyday activities like fishing.
Claim to fame: Drinking out of the Stanley Cup, playing fetch.
#2. Gustl, Anze Kopitar’s goldendoodle.
Breed: Cross-bred golden retriever and poodle. Bred as a dog with golden retriever temperament, but does not shed like a retriever. Highly intelligent dogs, but under-appreciated and not recognized by established breeding associations.
Claim to fame: Ate out of the Cup like it ain’t nothin’.
#3. Reggie, Drew Doughty’s beagle.
Breed: Hunting dogs with great sense of smell. Intelligent, but simple-minded.
Claim to fame: Cuteness turned up to eleven. Doing tricks with the Cup.
(note: rankings #2 and #3 are highly disputed among TeamTRH)
#4. Prince, Justin Williams’ border collie.
Breed: Known for herding and physical exertion. Extremely intelligent, energetic, athletic and, above all, clutch.
Claim to fame: Is Justin Williams’s dog, this Tweet.
#5. Hank, Alec Martinez’s beagle/Australian cattle dog mix.
Breed: Like Reggie above, intelligent but sometimes lacks judgement. High-energy comes from cattle dog breed mixing, and responds well to proper training and performs at a high-level as a result.
Claim to fame: Pees all over Martinez’s bedroom.
#6. Harley, Kyle Clifford’s Italian mastiff.
Breed: Muscular, powerful. Needs constant social training, and will act in a protective manner against a perceived threat.
Claim to fame: The picture with the Cup above, and the award for Kings’ player dog that most looks like its owner.
#7. Thor, Dwight King’s pit bull mix.
Breed: Bred as a physically strong dog, but will not attack unless threatened. Known as monsters, though a common misconception.
Claim to fame: Dwight King has a pit bull. Who knew?!
#8. Milo, Dustin Brown’s goldendoodle.
Breed: Everything about Gustl above, only Dustin Brown’s dog isn’t as well liked.
Claim to fame: Looks like Gustl. Took a picture with the Cup. Probably too low on this list.
#9. Habs, Dwight King’s Shih Tzu
Breed: Sturdy dog with dark eyes. That about sums it up, eh?
Claim to fame: Fits in carry-on luggage. This.
Tie–#10. Mack, Jeff Carter’s yorkie mix (left), and Miley, Jeff Carter’s bichon (right).
Claim to fame: Pictured with the Cup (but not inside the Cup itself – points deducted), being mentioned in the same list as Gustl, Arnold and Reggie.
This is the list. It cannot be challenged.