Olympian Michael Phelps seems to always have canine companions  and after his sport, the Olympian has a huge heart for dogs.

Phelps shows off Stella (Penelope) on the Today Show’s Bow to Wow segment

Olympian Michael Phelps on the Today ShowPhoto Credit TODAY

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Olympian Michael Phelps’s canine companions, English Bulldog Herman and rescued Catahoula Mix Stella are always happy to have him around

Phelps says that neither dog is keen on his early morning work-out schedule and prefer to root him on from the comfort of the couch.

”I’ve been hearing stories and seeing pictures that Stella is more relaxed than before,” Phelps said in a Fox Sports interview. ”I want to be able to go home and hopefully not see Stella ripping Herman’s wrinkles anymore. She kept doing that, and he would get so upset. Stella nowBut they like each other now. I definitely miss those guys. I remember the day I left, they all looked so sad.”

Herman was the only dog in this gold medalist’s world when Phelps was partnered to promote the adoptable Stella (formerly Penelope) on a Today Show segment in 2011. It was then that Phelps took the 9 month old spotted beauty for a walk in the park and quickly realized she could be his swimming pal in retirement.

Whenever Phelps isn’t sticking to his 12,000 calorie/day diet, perhaps there’ll be some leftovers for his dogs.

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