On National Puppy Day, people all around the world showed just how much they love their dogs. Alex Ovechkin’s love for his own dog Blake is just as strong.
In a series of adorable Instagram story videos posted by Ovechkin’s wife, Nastya Ovechkina, Ovi delightfully buys toys for and plays with his black lab. It’s really quite fetching to watch (dog puns? fetch? anyone?).
First, Ovechkin makes a stop at the pet store, where he purchases a very large bone, a dog water fountain, and a mildly-disturbing stuffed dog whose midsection is longer than Ovi’s entire upper body. Even buying pet toys, Ovi can’t escape the shouts of “Go Caps!”
Ovi then arrives home and immediately takes out a newly-purchased and oddly-squeaking green ball. Blake goes absolutely insane over this, jumping up again and again to try to snatch the ball from Ovechkin. Ovi is talking to Blake as he takes the ball out of the packaging, and although he’s speaking Russian, I would imagine his coos are something along the lines of “Does doggo want the baaaaaall? Whaaaaaatta gooooood doggo.”
Next Ovi is seen throwing the ball far off into the void. Blake happily hurtles after it at full speed, but is so caught up in his excitement that he accidentally forgets to return to Ovi. What a silly doggo.
Next up is Ovi in what I’m deeming the Ovi Room™, which is covered in posters of The Great 8 and also includes two large Coca Cola drink fridges, because it’s normal to have those in your house. Instead of a ball, Ovi is teasing his puppy with a ball gun, which Blake enthusiastically leaps from couch to couch trying to reach.
The man and his best friend then move outside. Ovi appears to fake Blake out by pretending to shoot off the ball gun without actually doing so. Poor doggo got excited for nothing.
Finally, after deciding that he had teased Blake enough, Ovi gives the dog what he was looking for, shooting the ball gun to once again send Blake scampering into the sunset after balls.
It’s clear that Ovi probably spoils his dog more than most grandparents spoil their grandchildren. No judgement at all though: if I was raking in millions of dollars a year, you best believe my dog would be living large right with me.
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