Each month, Wild.com will feature a Minnesota Wild player and his pet(s). This series also appears in Wild Magazine.
After long days at work, Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau comes home to his family and his one-year-old Newfoundland, Dixie.
TS: How many pets do you have, and what kind or type are they?
BB: Dixie is a Newfoundland. I never owned a dog in my life and then all of a sudden, well my son wanted a dog for 15 years, we said okay and then he picked the biggest dog on the planet I think. Lovable as all get out, but she's big and she's demanding.
TS: How big is she?
BB: She's about 130 pounds now and she's got about six more months to grow.
TS: Did you know how big she was going to be when you got her?
BB: People told me, but I didn't know. I was getting a dog for my son and my wife and it's an interesting concept having an animal that size because they're like humans. They eat more than humans, but they have a personality of their own. If we lose a game, there's no one happier to see us then the dog is. She makes things feel alright.
TS: How old is she?
BB: Just over a year.
TS: What is your favorite memory with her?
BB: The best thing is when I come home, whether it's from the road or not, and she jumps on me and she won't let me go. She gives me those big brown eyes, it's sometimes comforting when you're not feeling really well.
TS: Is her diet strictly dog food?
BB: Well, she's got her dog food regiment, but unfortunately, she knows if I eat, that I'm either going to spill something or I'm going to give her something because again she looks at me with those big brown eyes and I feel so guilty if I don't give her something.