THE KRAKEN HAVE A DOG HIS NAME HIS DAVY JONES AND HE'S PERFECT pic.twitter.com/pf7ftLjfxh— Davy Jones' Locker Room (@DavyJonesLR) January 17, 2022
Okay I legitimately thought about ending the article right there because what else is there to say? But there actually IS more to say about the Seattle Kraken’s new team dog.
Davy Jones has a job
He’s training to be a therapy dog. It’s a four month process for a role that not every dog is cut out to do. The ASPCA defines the role as “the use of humanely trained and professionally evaluated domestic animals to participate with their guardians/handlers in animal-assisted therapy applications and in social visits to hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities.”
Davy Jones, or DJ as he will undoubtedly be known, will be doing good in his community, not just getting a free ride as the Kraken’s unofficial mascot. Therapy dogs help people cope with the stress of difficult situations, just by being present and fluffy. The Kraken teamed up with Canidae Pet Food for the project. Judging from their Twitter feed, we aren’t the first team they’ve paired up with on such an endeavor.
Dog People are Good People
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that cat people are evil. I kid, but loving animals is usually a sign of someone who is a generally good person and it seemed clear from the team photos and videos that most of the Kraken players are dog fans. In a season that looks to have gone south, it’s nice to have a pleasant storyline that all of us can get behind.
It's always okay to talk about mental health.— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) January 19, 2022
In an open conversation around mental health with his #SeaKraken teammates, forward @rsheahan15 shares his own personal story & the importance of breaking the stigma → https://t.co/UcgZYFz5Fq pic.twitter.com/qAsvS16oOo
It isn’t the only mental health initiative the Kraken have gotten behind and it’s a trend that makes me happy to be a fan. Plenty of NHL clubs make business decisions that don’t always reflect the lip service they pay to doing the “right” thing in their very public role. Organizational culture is a complex beast and I truly believe that running things on the non-hockey side in the right way will be a contributing factor to eventual positive results on the ice.