It’s not every puppy who gets to enjoy dinner out of Lord Stanley’s Cup, but a celebrated golden retriever named Barclay is no ordinary puppy.
Barclay was adopted by the St. Louis Blues last year as the team mascot, and in a series of photos posted on Barclay’s Instagram page (yes, he has his own Instagram page), Barclay is seen with his nose buried in hockey’s biggest trophy as legendary Blues player Bob Plager holds the cup so he can eat out of it.
A caption reads, “dinner of champions.”
Barclay, as People notes, joined the team September 2018, and has become a celebrity in St. Louis and beyond.
“Barclay is a bundle of yellow fur joy. He loves people, belly rubs, naps, playing with his mini hockey stick and chasing hockey pucks,” Randy Girsch, the Blues’ VP, Community Development and Event Management, told People. “He is confident and vibrant when exploring Enterprise Center and, as much as we wish he wouldn’t, he grows bigger every day.”
Added Girsch: “He’s a very intelligent dog, who is eager to learn. He loves his training sessions and excels in areas where he needs to be confident.”
Barclay was adopted by the team in order to raise awareness of Duo, an organization that breeds and trains puppies to be service dogs to assist people have mobility, balance or hearing deficiencies.