Klay Thompson meets service dog named Klay

NBA.com Staff

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is many things: a gold-medal winning Olympian, an NBA champion, a two-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA Third Team member and … he’s also a big-time dog lover. There’s his own bulldog, Rocco, with whom Thompson is very close … and often tags along with Klay to all kinds of events … and even got to be a part of Thompson’s bobblehead.

Recently, an eight-week-old male yellow Labrador Retriever in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind paid a visit to Thompson after a recent Warriors practice. Anthony Slater of The Mercury News documented the cute overload moment on Twitter

And Warriors.com has more on the meeting of the two Klays:

Warriors All-Star Guard Klay Thompson tonight met the latest guide dog puppy in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind who is named after the Warriors shooting guard. Klay, the dog, is an eight-week-old male yellow Labrador Retriever who met Klay Thompson for the first time tonight following the Warriors Open Practice at Oracle Arena. Klay and Klay tonight also met the puppy raising volunteers and huge Warriors fans, Joelle Cook and family, from Livermore, Calif., who will care for Klay the puppy and raise him through the puppy training process until he is available for formal guide dog training. Klay Thompson also has a love for dogs and is the proud owner of an English bulldog named Rocco.

“I love dogs and it is amazing to see how through the Guide Dogs for the Blind program they can really help change and save lives,” said Warriors Guard Klay Thompson. “Rocco is one of my best friends and I truly understand the relationship dogs and people can have and am honored Guide Dogs for the Blind chose to name their latest puppy after me.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind is a free, industry-leading guide dog school passionate about serving the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, Guide Dogs for the Blind prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision.