Bruins’ Charlie Coyle talks about his golden retrievers, discovering work-life stability as a professional athlete with pets


“Some of the vital classes I’ve realized as a pet guardian is to take advantage of time spent collectively.”

Charlie Coyle with his two dogs, Bodie and Gracie.
Charlie Coyle was named Wellness Pet Firm’s “Hometown Deal with Officer”, alongside Bodie and Gracie, earlier this summer time. Wellness Pet Firm

Charlie Coyle had a dilemma on his palms final August.

With him and his then-fiancée, Danielle, set to be married in Minneapolis, he needed to determine what to do with their pair of golden retrievers, Bodie and Gracie.

Flying wasn’t going to be an possibility for each pups. As such, the one various — past conserving them in Massachusetts for the upcoming nuptials — was a 1,400-mile drive midway throughout the nation.

In the end, it was a no brainer for each Charlie and Danielle.

“In the long run, we figured we’d remorse not having them with us on our big day — they’re our household,” Coyle mentioned. “Danielle and I at all times love trying again on our footage and movies from that day and seeing our pups with us, though my swimsuit and her gown could have caught some canine hair. Effectively price it!”

It stands to be a busy 2023-24 season for the 31-year-old Coyle, who will possible earn top-six minutes within the Bruins’ lineup following the retirement of Patrice Bergeron and the unsure way forward for David Krejci.

However it’s additionally been an eventful offseason for each Charlie and Danielle Coyle, particularly with each anticipated so as to add to their household once they welcome their first youngster later this summer time.

Earlier this summer time, Coyle was additionally appointed as Wellness Pet Firm’s “Hometown Deal with Officer”, alongside Bodie and Gracie.

Coyle chatted with through e-mail about his new partnership with Wellness Pet Firm, in addition to the significance of being a pet guardian even amid the hectic schedule of a professional athlete. 

A few of these responses have been edited for brevity. 

Q: How lengthy have you ever had Bodie and Gracie?

COYLE: “We welcomed Bodie to our household again in 2019 and Gracie in 2021 – and haven’t skipped a beat since.”

Q: Did you at all times have canines in your loved ones rising up?

COYLE: “Sure! My household had a combined breed rising up for a while after we had been youthful — we had been at all times interacting with canines from different members of the family and buddies so the love for the pups was at all times there.”

Q: What’s your common routine with Bodie and Gracie?

COYLE: “Bodie and Gracie will go outdoors about 3-5 occasions a day, relying on the climate and our personal schedules. My spouse Danielle and I’ll swap taking them out very first thing within the morning. Normally, it’s a fast toilet break and again to the home to eat breakfast. …. I’ll then go to the rink for observe and take them out to play on the park and/or a protracted stroll with Danielle if she’s not busy. As soon as we get again dwelling, we hope they each take naps however extra occasions than not they’re simply trying to play some extra — they’re tremendous energetic and wanting to play.

“If it’s dangerous climate outdoors, we’ll pull out their favourite toy to get out some vitality. We’ll take them out to play one other time both earlier than or after dinner. If we’re stress-free at dwelling and time slips previous 5:30 p.m., we’ll begin getting the eyes from the canines, signifying that we’re forgetting to feed them their dinner. So long as they’ve been outdoors previous 8 p.m. we gained’t need to take them out for an additional toilet break.”

Q: What’s crucial lesson you’ve realized as a pet guardian?

COYLE: “Some of the vital classes I’ve realized as a pet guardian is to take advantage of time spent collectively when we’ve it. … We additionally simply purchased a home in Cape Cod, so we’re excited for the canines to have their very own yard to run round in for the summer time.

“They each completely love swimming, so that they’ll get a ton of train which is true up their alley. They’re used to being metropolis canines, so the change as much as their very own home with extra room to run round will probably be like heaven for them. “

Q: As a professional athlete, how vital is it to have correct work-life stability and the way do pets assist present that? 

COYLE: “Work-life stability is vital to sustaining a wholesome way of life as an expert athlete. Bodie and Gracie are my protected areas — I at all times look ahead to time spent with them and am keen on the finish of the day to get dwelling from the rink and take them out to play. They assist take my thoughts off of my job and mentally reset. Watching them each play collectively offers me a lot pleasure.

“The athlete in me likes to say there’s no such factor because the offseason and I positively acknowledge the significance of sustaining a wholesome routine for myself and my canines. We get outdoors three to 5 occasions a day for a fast stroll or to play on the park and take a look at our greatest to serve their meals across the similar time every day. It retains them blissful and wholesome, which actually makes our time spent collectively that a lot better.”

Q: You’re one in all many Bruins gamers with a canine – do Bodie and Gracie normally have play dates with some other teammates’ canines?

COYLE: “We stay near Charlie McAvoy and his Frenchie, Otto, in addition to Matt Grzelcyk and his golden retriever, Teddy. Bodie and Gracie run into Otto and Teddy sometimes. We now have some enjoyable play dates on the park with Teddy, too. It’s so enjoyable seeing all the goldens run round and play collectively.”

Q: Not counting you, which teammate talks essentially the most about their canine?

COYLE: “I’m going to need to toss up a tie between Matt Grzelcyk and Derek Forbort. Matt is at all times chatting and displaying footage and movies of Teddy every time we’re on the rink or on the highway. Derek in all probability has essentially the most Instagram posts of his basset hound, Darla. Nevertheless, in case you ask these guys, they may say that I speak about my two essentially the most. And I gained’t deny it!”

Q: What led to you getting concerned in Wellness Pet Firm?

COYLE: “I’m proud to be generally known as a Boston athlete on the ice, however I’m additionally a proud pet guardian outdoors the rink. This partnership with Wellness Pet Firm as Hometown Deal with Officer was an natural match as a result of Wellness Pet is all in regards to the wellbeing of pets and pet mother and father, selling wholesome exercise, nutritious meals and mutual happiness.

I’m proud to be a canine dad to Bodie and Gracie, who’re a real a part of our rising household, and it’s important that I serve them the perfect meals and treats to maintain up with our energetic life. Whether or not we’re serving Bodie and Gracie their dinner, getting outdoors collectively or having fun with down time earlier than staff journey, I’m at all times ensuring we deal with them properly with Wellness Pet to make sure an extended and happier life collectively.”