Internet falls in love with Phil Kessel's dog

Phil Kessel’s dog Stella is absolutely adorable . (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel will forever be synonymous with hot dogs, and it seems that the star winger is totally ok with that.

But Kessel’s latest Instagram post had nothing to do with street meat. No, it had to do with an actual dog, his pet Stella.

And it was extremely adorable.

If that doesn’t just put a smile on your face, I don’t know what other athlete and dog combination will.

Kessel’s love for his furry friend runs deep. When he originally got Stella, he was with his ex-girlfriend, when the couple split, the two-time Stanley Cup champion made sure the dog stayed with him, according to Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet.

“Spoiled little rat,” Kessel told Rutherford. “But I love her, eh? Honestly, if I didn’t have her, I don’t know what I’d do.”

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