Heart of Gold

By on August 21, 2008 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Michael Phelps, who has captured a record eight gold medals in this summer’s Olympic games, has rewritten the history books in athletic competition.

Michael Phelps with his dog Herman
Michael Phelps with his dog Herman.

But have you heard of Herman Phelps? Herman is Phelps’ Bulldog. Phelps told the “Today” show on Monday, "The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is getting back, seeing my dog, seeing my cars and setting up my new house."

You may have seen Herman in an NBC commercial for Olympic coverage. In the spot, which you can watch here, Phelps (while Herman lounges upside down on his lap) says, “Herman’s my puppy. Herman’s the man. He’s a pretty chill dog; he pretty much just hangs out with me. I think we have the same exact personality. When I’m out of the pool I’m lazy. I just want to sit there on the couch and watch TV and do nothing. He’ll come up and watch TV with me.”

One caveat: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard somebody snore so loud in my entire life,” Phelps says near the end of the piece, while Herman looks disapprovingly at the camera.

I’d be interested to know if you’ve heard of any other Olympic athletes who have expressed a soft spot for animals. Offer a comment or shoot me an email if you’ve come across such a story.


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