- An ESPN sportscaster paid a tribute to his beloved dog on air.
- The dog died recently, and the sportscaster dedicated a segment to him during one of his shows.
- The sportscaster said it always brought him comfort to see his dog every night when he comes home from work.
ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt deviated from his typical programming on his show, One Big Thing, this week to talk about a topic important to his heart: his family’s cherished dog, Otis.
Unfortunately, the beloved puppy died recently. And Van Pelt chose to dedicate an emotional segment to him to show the world what a terrific dog Otis was and how he and his family treasured him.
Van Pelt tells how Otis would always come racing to greet him when he got home from work at night, and how much comfort it caused him to see the dog’s wagging tail and feel his cheery, loving presence. And it’s one of the things he’ll miss the most now that Otis is gone.
“After the show tonight, I’d rather drive all the way from D.C. to the Pacific Ocean, instead of taking a short ride home, where I’m going to sit in the dark waiting for my Otie boy,” said Van Pelt.
Though the heartfelt tribute was dedicated to Otis, Van Pelt touched on universal truths that anybody who has ever loved a dog may relate to. Perhaps none is more accurate than what Van Pelt said:
“Nothing we do could earn what our dogs give away to us for free.”
Otis may be gone, but his legacy will live on in more hearts than just his family’s, thanks to Van Pelt’s moving words of tribute shared with the world.
Source: The Dodo