Since debuting on Instagram on March 3, Rookie The Golden Retriever has already gained over 4,600 followers. Including pictures of Rookie at Petco Park (why wouldn’t a dog be at Petco Park, by the way?), Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field and Coors Field, there are plenty of pictures on the account for dog lovers … and a healthy blend of sports personalities pictured as well. New Denver Bronco Bradley Chubb, New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola have been featured with Rookie.
It seems that Rookie is making his way around the sports world … and quickly into the hearts of Rockies fans.
“He’s awesome. My fiancée runs the account. She loves golden retrievers. I love them too, but she follows all of the big golden retriever accounts. All of the famous goldens,” Dahl explained. “We always wanted a golden and I finally got one. She wanted to make an Instagram account for him. She always says she’s funnier as a dog and she does a good job with it.”
One of the best videos on the site is Rookie listlessly laying on the couch until Dahl comes home from a game. Of course, the pup springs to life when Dahl enters the room.
“He’s a great dog. He makes everything better,” Dahl smiled. “It’s a great feeling, especially if you have a bad day at the field or didn’t have a great game. You come home to that and you kind of forget about what happened at the field.”
Dahl knows there could come a day soon when Rookie will have more Instagram followers than he does … and that’s OK.
“My fiancée wants to make him famous. He’s getting there,” Dahl said.
Rookie also has a fan in Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland, who often features his dogs (including a Golden) on his Instagram account as well.
“Dahl’s dog, he’s cute,” Freeland said. “He’s a fun little Golden and he’s going to grow up and look good.”
However, even puppy cuteness can’t keep some folks from making sure they get their message through to Dahl via his dog.
“One person did comment on Rookie’s Instagram, ‘Tell your dad to get a hit and I’ll give you some treats.’ That was pretty funny,” Dahl chuckled.