Guys, We Need To Talk About Captain America & His Adorable Dog Dodger
Chris Evans is many things: the titular star of Marvel's Captain America franchise, the world's biggest Patriots fan, and a total sweetheart who loves his mom and stays friendly with his exes.
Add in his woke AF politics and less-is-more approach to social media — he abandoned Facebook years ago and only uses Twitter sparingly — and he's basically the perfect celeb.
Relevant to this here website, though, Evans is a loving dog dad to Dodger, a stray that he rescued from a kennel when he was shooting a movie in Georgia (BE STILL MY 💗).
Here are 5 things you need to know about Evans, Dodger, and their pure-as-spring-water relationship goals.
1. He's an adopt-don't-shop kind of guy.
In an interview with People, the A-list actor revealed that he was filming a scene for Gifted, a movie released earlier in 2017, when one of the pups on-set caught his eye — and hooked his heart.
"One of the last scenes we were filming was in a pound, a kennel. I foolishly walked in and I thought, 'Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?' And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn't belong there. I snagged him and he's such a good dog ... He loves dogs, he loves kids, he's full of love."
It's enough to make you puke rainbows, amirite?
2. They love to exercise together.
Last year, Evans joined the #22PushUpChallenge, a trending hashtag designed to raise awareness for military veterans with PTSD and suicide prevention. The Avengers star with the chiseled biceps started reeling off the reps when Dodger interrupted in the most adorable way — with nose boops and slobbery tongue bleps.
Watch the cuteness unfold in the video embedded below.
From the same interview with People, Evans had this to say about the importance of working out with Dodger:
"Playing with him is exercise, he's exhausting ... He's up for anything. God dogs, they're such great animals. I really can't say enough about dogs, I'm a dog lunatic."
And when Evans isn't busy making new blockbusters, he can often be found at the dog park with Dodger.
3. Dodger is a sits-even-if-I-don't-fits type of dog.
Speaking with Jimmy Fallon last year on The Tonight Show, Evans shared one of Dodger's quirks — and it's both cute and relatable.
"He has this great habit — a lot of dogs do it — where if you sit on the ground, he just plants himself on you. Like he thinks you are the seat," he confessed to the late night host.
It's a lesson Evans' 9-year-old niece, Stella, learned the hard way in the GIF above (and the interview below).
4. Evans finds daily inspo from Dodger's chill and accepting temperament.
Writing on Twitter this week, the fictional Steve Rodgers relayed a beautiful moment in which he spied Dodger communing with a bird on his back deck.
"In other non-depressing news, my dog is still a pure, brand new soul, enjoying nonverbal bonds of love + acceptance w pretty much everything"
The tweet quickly attracted a gaggle of shares on the microblogging platform, including this gem of a response from the Twitter power user, @dog_rates.
A similar nugget posted by Evans in 2016 hit on some of the same aww-incuding notes:
"Man....my dog's energy level in the morning puts me in the greatest mood. He's a beautiful, fresh, new soul so happy to be alive."
5. Dodger was named after Evans' favorite Disney character.
A cover story profile published in 2017 by Esquire teased out the origins of Dodger's handle — and it's an association that you might not expect.
"Dodger is not exactly a name you'd think a die-hard Boston sports fan would pick. His boys from back home have given him a ton of shit over it. But he has not abandoned his Red Sox for the L.A. team. As a kid, he loved the Disney animated movie Oliver & Company, and his favorite character was Dodger. Anticipating the grief he was going to get from his pals, Evans considered other names. 'You could name your dog Doorknob,' he says, 'and in a month he's f*cking Doorknob.' Evans's mom convinced him to go with his gut."
And the name seemingly fits: According to the Disney Wiki, Dodger is a savvy Jack Russell Terrier with a soft spot for other animals, including, GASP, cats.
"He is street-smart, witty, confident, proud, selfless, good-hearted, calm, sly, cool, kind, clever, and crafty and is also Oliver's best friend since he doesn't eat cats because of 'too much fur.'"
All are attributes that might be applied to Dodger, no?
In conclusion, it's Evans and Dodger's world and we're just living in it.