Sportscaster breaks down on air while giving tribute to his beloved dog [Video]


  • 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, Iโ€™d rather drive all the way from D.C. to the Pacific Ocean, instead of taking a short ride home, where Iโ€™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:

โ€œNothing we do could earn what our dogs give away to us for free.โ€

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


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You will see Otis again and he was lucky to have a family like yours to take care of him.

Otis is not dead, as long as everyone Otis came in contact with is alive and can remember What Otis sounded like how he acted remember how he played fetched and how he barked Otis is alive. When everyone who came in contact with is gone, then Otis has passed.

I cried too, I know that blessing of having a dog, so much love. You and your family gave him the love he deserved. He will always be in your heart, he taught you to love unconditionally. Thank you for your post it meant so much to me.

I shared your remorse. I lost Honey to cancer on December 16. For 10 weeks at least once a day I cried when seeing where she had once occupied and no longer there. Mornings where she greeted me and evenings where we said good night were particularly heartbreaking. I read Rainbow Bridge multiple times seeking the reassurance we would be together again.
I still miss her, look at her pictures frequently, and though we have physically replaced her I will remember her until my last breath.
Thank you for sharing!!!

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