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Bill Belichick opens up on his puppy, explains their matching hoodies

Lucy Burdge
September 07, 2018 - 12:10 pm

In a recent interview with CNBC’s Suzy Welch at his Nantucket home, Bill Belichick and his girlfriend, Linda Holliday, opened up on their love for their puppy, Nike.

“I love dogs,” Belichick said. “Yeah, I love dogs — all dogs. Most all dogs love me.”

Nike is an Alaskan Klee Kai they adopted five months ago and is “a fun dog,” who “enjoys playing” and is “pretty good with his paws,” Belichick said.

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Holliday said Belichick was hesitant at first when she told she planned to adopt a puppy.

“Then 24 hours [later>, he falls in love with Nike,” she said.

Holliday also explained the photo taken earlier this year of Belichick and Nike wearing matching hoodies at a BU-Holy Cross women’s lacrosse game.

“That was my fault,” Holliday said. “He was a puppy, and it was cold that night, and he’s shivering. All of us have on our big winter coats in the middle of April, so I [put a little hoodie on him>. Then Bill is taking him up the stairs after the lacrosse game is over, and I guess someone snapped a picture. I didn’t even think, you know, the man with the hoodie carrying the dog with the hoodie.”

Belichick also said it’s nice to get away from football sometimes and spend time with Nike.

“I get plenty of football at football,” he said. “I love football, but it’s nice to get away and a change of scenery and not talk about it … It’s unconditional love. You just walk in the door, they love you. They wag their tail, they look at you, they’re happy to see you. It doesn’t make any difference what kind of day you had or what happened or anything else. It’s just unconditional.”

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