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de Haan Adopts Puppy From Calendar Shoot

Islanders defenseman adopts puppy after holiday calendar shoot

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Last week's New York Islanders puppy photo shoot was designed to raise money for the North Shore Animal League and find the rescued pups a home. 

Calvin de Haan did his part, adopting Mia, a four-month old, boxer-mix that night.

"We have always talked about getting another dog and we just thought it was the right thing to do," de Haan said. "It was a spur of the moment decision and we went to the shelter later that day. I had picked that dog out of the truck [for the calendar]. I just liked her demeanor. She wasn't super energetic, she was cuddly, mellow and well-behaved."

De Haan already has a dog, a nearly two-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Zeus. Berners are typically big dogs, but despite his size and powerful name, Zeus is a softee and has taken a liking to the tiny Mia. Think of them as a Timon and Pumbaa pair. 

Video: Islanders help spread awareness for animal shelter

"He's huge, but he's a big fluff ball, a big cat basically," de Haan said of Zeus. "He's very mellow, relaxed, not high energy. He's good. He's not very territorial or anything along those lines, so it's good, they get along well."

"They get fired up together and play, but then they'll crash for a couple of hours, it's funny." 

De Haan doesn't know what other breeds are in Mia - the name he and his girlfriend gave the dog - or how big she'll get. He doesn't know how she wound up in the shelter, but he feels good for getting her out. 

"Britt's parents have always rescued dogs since they've had pets and it's something that we've chatted about before," de Haan said. "At the end of the day, it feels like good karma."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: You want it... You got it! The puppies are back today for another calendar shoot! Check out snapchat (NYIsles) for the latest �� pics! #Isles pic.twitter.com/SeaU6t8qRm

 

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