Phelps has won the hearts of many dog lovers after meeting Stella on the Today Show's "Bow to Wow" segment which helps rescue / shelter dogs find new homes. Stella a Catahoula mix was originally named Penelope, and after his initial meeting, Phelps asked if he could take Stella for a walk. He then fell in love with her and asked to rehome her to the Phelps household, where she has now settled in to life with her new family and new canine companion Herman, a british bulldog.
Next stop is trying to teach both dogs to swim at his Baltimore home, however Phelps has been quoted by Animal Fair as saying that Herman is the laziest dog he knows so we wish him the best of luck with him! Seems like Stella has landed on her 4 paws and will live a happy life with the Olympic champion... a far cry from her days at the animal shelter.
I hope this story will help encourage more people to rescue a dog and there will be many more happy endings.
Well done Michael Phelps!