Michael Phelps will teach his adopted dog to swim

As the U.S. swimming-team trials unfold this week, superstar swimmer Michael Phelps’ eyes are set on bringing home more gold at the 2012 Olympics in London later this summer.

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Tango, like Michael Phelps’ dog Stella, is a Catahoula Leopard Dog. Learn more about Tango.

In 2008, Phelps swam away with eight gold medals in the
Summer Olympics (the most gold medals ever won in a single
Olympics). He also won the gold (at least in our eyes) for adopting a homeless Catahoula Leopard Dog mix from Animal Care & Control of New York in 2011.

Phelps’ love-at-first-sight moment came when he was appearing on the TODAY show and was recruited to walk out with one of the adoptable pets in a “From Bow to Wow!” segment. (Watch the segment here.) After the show, Michael adopted the adorable nine-month-old pup.


He re-named her Stella, and the word from TODAY in London is that she’s going to learn to swim soon. Phelps even tweeted a photo of Stella saying, “She looks ready to jump off the dock!”

Hmmmm. Does freestroke mean doggie paddle?

Clearly, both Phelps and Stella are winners.

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