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Wings love dogs

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

Drew Miller and his dogs, Hansel and Jelly, appear with him in the Pucks for Paws calendar to benefit the Michigan Humane Society. (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT -- The Red Wings not only love hockey, they also love their pets.

Many of the Wings have dogs, including Riley Sheahan, who has not only adopted the Michigan Humane Society as his pet cause, he even adopted a dog from the Michigan Humane Society's Westland location.

"She's been such a blast having around," Sheahan said. "She's a handful sometimes but it's all worth it."

Sheahan and his dog, Ryder, a lab/boxer mix, appear in Pucks for Paws, a calendar with Wings and their dogs or MHS dogs on sale now to benefit the Michigan Humane Society.

Fans can purchase the calendar at the preseason game Friday night on the Joe Louis Arena concourse for $20 or at DetroitRedWings.com/PucksForPaws.

Drew Miller and his two dogs, Hansel, a yellow lab/beagle mix, and Jelly, an English bulldog, appear in the month of October.

"It was fun doing it," Miller said. "I had my two dogs in it, Jelly and Hansel. We've had the bulldog, she's eight now. Hansel, we've had him about five years."

Jimmy Howard holds the distinction of having the most pets of any Wing.

"I've got five," Howard said. "We got two dogs and three cats. And two kids. So we got a regular old petting zoo."

Only Murphy, an English coonhound-Vizsla American water spaniel mix, appears in the calendar with Howard.

Howard was happy to be able to do something with one of his dogs to help the Michigan Humane Society.

"It means a lot," Howard said. "Everyone in my family is an animal lover so we've done stuff in the past with my wife and I, so it's no different now. We love our pets so to be able to help out the Humane Society is special."

Miller is another player who has had a dog most of his life and can't imagine not having one.

"I like coming home and having them around," Miller said. "They're fun to play with and they love you no matter what. To do this, it's great to raise money for the Humane Society and help out those other dogs that don't have that fortunate situation of having a family so hopefully we can do some good and help those animals out."

Also appearing in the calendar with their own dogs or ones from the Michigan Humane Society are Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening and Brendan Smith.

Sheahan participated in the Michigan Humane Society's Mega March for Animals last week, donates $100 for every point he records each season and helps animals get adopted.

Sheahan visits the Detroit Michigan Humane Society once a month to take a photo with a pet available for adoption.

That photo goes out on the Red Wings' social media accounts and the person who adopts that pet receives a Wings gift bag with an autographed Sheahan photo.

"It's amazing," Sheahan said. "It's pretty cool how much hard work those people put into those dogs and other animals' lives. It definitely puts a smile on your face going in there. I think we helped a lot, too, with getting some pets that have had some trouble getting adopted, finding families, so it's been awesome."

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