Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich has come down with a sudden case of puppy love.
It all happened at a photo shoot for the anti-animal cruelty campaign Show Your Soft Side. The campaign matches athletes and other celebrities with adorable pets to raise awareness about the love animals deserve.
After a few shots, the puppy fell asleep in the strong arms of the football player, and Matakevich, a dog lover, was in love and thinking adoption.
The news quickly spread to the rescue, Renee’s Rescues, which had been caring for her.
“You have an NFL Player who could easily purchase any dog he’d possibly desire. He chose a mixed-breed pup,” Renee Martini, the rescue’s founder, said. “Talk about a class act! Such a win for the animals.”
The puppy, now named Bailey, has already made an impression on her new owner. Matakevich said that the pup has picked up house training in just a few days and is “a perfect, and occasionally pesky, companion” for his 13-year-old dog. Source