Michael Phelps strikes gold with his dogs

Continuing on with our theme of the Olympics this month, Embracer Lea put together a piece on Michael Phelps and his canine companions. Olympians have big hearts for their pets, as well as for their sport.

Michael Phelps shows off Stella (Penelope) on the Today Show's Bow to Wow segment. Photo Credit TODAY

It’s not just his competition that will be pleased with Michael Phelp’s retirement. His two canine companions, English Bulldog Herman and recently rescued Catahoula Mix Stella will also be happy to have him around more. Phelps says that neither dog is keen on his early morning work-out schedule and prefer to root him on from the comfort of the couch.

''I've been hearing stories and seeing pictures that Stella is more relaxed than before,'' Phelps said in a Fox Sports interview. ''I want to be able to go home and hopefully not see Stella ripping Herman's wrinkles anymore. She kept doing that, and he would get so upset. Stella nowBut they like each other now. I definitely miss those guys. I remember the day I left, they all looked so sad.''

Herman was the only dog in this Olympian’s world when Phelps was partnered to promote the adoptable Stella (formerly Penelope) on a Today Show segment in 2011. It was then that Phelps took the 9 month old spotted beauty for a walk in the park and quickly realized she could be his swimming pal in retirement.

And now that Phelps is no longer sticking to his 12,000 calorie per day diet I wonder if there might be some leftovers in their food bowls.

 

While you can't predict when your pet is going to get sick or injured, you can protect yourself from expensive veterinary bills. Embrace Pet Insurance gives you the freedom to do what’s best for your pet without stressing over the cost. Easily personalize your coverage to fit your budget and your pet’s needs, then visit any vet for nose-to-tail coverage. Check out what the Embrace plan covers or compare pet insurance providers to learn more.

Copyright © 2005-2018 

Pet health insurance is administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency, LLC and underwritten by one of the licensed insurers of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc., including American Modern Home Insurance Company d/b/a in CA as American Modern Insurance Company (Lic. No 2222-8), and American Southern Home Insurance Company. Coverage is subject to policy terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, underwriting review, and approval, and may not be available for all risks or in all states. Rates and discounts vary, are determined by many factors, and are subject to change. Wellness Rewards is offered as a supplementary, non-insurance benefit administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency in the United States. © 2016 American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.