Choc lab Biscuit in his mini rink.

Introducing Biscuit!

Future Service Dog ‘Biscuit’ Joins Washington Capitals as Team Service Dog in Training

Capitals partner with America’s VetDogs to raise and train Biscuit 

Arlington, Va. – The Washington Capitals announced today the organization has partnered again with America's VetDogs, a New York based non-profit that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders with disabilities, to train future service dog ‘Biscuit.’ Biscuit, born on July 23, made his debut with the Capitals on Sept. 22, the first day of the Capitals 2021-22 training camp.

Choc lab Biscuit sitting by his new red vest.Biscuit, a 9-week-old male chocolate Labrador, will undergo basic training and socialization with the Capitals staff, players and public for the next 14-16 months. The Capitals will host Biscuit in the front office, at community events, practices and select home games to assist in raising Biscuit to be a confident and calm future service dog. Fans can follow Biscuit on Instagram and Twitter @CapsPup to stay up to date on his training and local appearances. 

“Following Captain’s successful journey and placement with retired Marine Corps veteran Mark Gwathmey, the Capitals organization is excited to once again partner with America’s VetDogs to begin Biscuit’s journey as an integral part of Capitals Canine programming,” said Capitals vice president of marketing Amanda Tischler. “America’s VetDogs has an incredible impact in the military and first-responder community, and we look forward to being a part of Biscuit’s formal training over the next season as he begins to learn how to best serve his future partner.” 

Following his puppy raising, Biscuit will return back to the America's VetDogs campus in Smithtown, NY to begin his formal service dog training. Concluding his training, Biscuit will be matched at no cost with a veteran or first responder with disabilities. VetDogs' assistance dog programs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities.

“We are thrilled to partner again with the Washington Capitals on co-raising ‘Biscuit’ to become a service dog for a veteran or first responder with disabilities.” said John Miller, president and CEO, America’s VetDogs, “The ownership, team, staff and fans have all embraced America’s VetDogs’ mission and partnerships like these are vital to the growth and socialization of a future service dog. We saw a wonderful outcome with Captain being placed with his veteran and look forward to seeing Biscuit do the same.” 

Biscuit is the second dog the Capitals and America’s VetDogs partnered to raise and train. In June, Capitals and America's VetDogs service dog in training Captain completed training and was placed with retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark Gwathmey. Captain made his debut with the Capitals as a 10-week-old puppy during the team's Rock the Red Carpet event on Oct. 5, 2019, and underwent basic training and socialization with the Capitals staff, players and public while being raised by America's VetDogs area coordinator Deana Stone.

About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America's VetDogs ( has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America's VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. America's VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

Training Pupdates

Meet Biscuit

Hello Capitals fans!  I'm Biscuit, the new Washington Capitals puppy.

I know I have big paws to fill, but I’m so happy to spend the next 16 months with you.  I’ll be learning a lot of really cool puppy stuff so I can become an awesome service dog, and one day be paired with a veteran. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates, show off my skills at practices, home games, and other special team events.  Be sure to catch me on my Instagram and Twitter accounts - i'm picking up where Captain left off!  Wish me luck! 

Birthday: July 23, 2021
Mom: Velma (Black Labrador Retriever)
Dad: Micah (Black Labrador Retriever)
This little Chocolate Labrador Retriever came from a litter of eight puppies that included yellow, black, and chocolate colored pups. Biscuit is all about getting into the a note for the team....let's do it!

Meet Deana Stone

Deana Stone grew up moving around the United States every couple of years, depending on where the Coast Guard stationed her family.  After graduating high school in Gig Harbor, Washington, she. joined the Air Force and served for 20 PR Deana holds Biscuit in her arms.years. During her first 12 years, she worked as a military working dog handler and trainer, and spent the last eight years of her commitment as a paralegal.  Deana met her husband Jim while in service; the couple was married in 1993.  Jim and Deana have a 12-year old-daughter, Leah.  

After Jim Stone retired from the Air Force, the family settled in Burke, Virginia.  Soon after, Deana met a Guide Dog Foundation puppy raiser, and she knew that she wanted to get involved with puppy raising.  In addition to raising puppies for the Foundation, Deana was also tapped to be a group leader and area coordinator, helping to oversee and support the National Capital Region puppy raising group.  In October 2017, Deana became a Guide Dog Foundation employee as a puppy program representative for the Washington, DC, area. She continues to volunteer as a puppy raiser.  

In August 2017, Deana began raising future guide dog Smudge, a popular star on the social media platform The Dodo. Deana and Smudge create monthly live videos about puppy raising and training for The Dodo and the Guide Dog Foundation. 

Deana volunteered to be the puppy raiser for the NBC Class of 2019 “puppy with a purpose” program and raised Camden for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, and has since raised the Capitals first pup Captain. She appreciates the opportunity to share her love of puppy raising and helping others. 

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Photo of a black and yellow plush Lab toy with an AVD vest.