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.


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.