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NBA’s Mavericks Rescue Their First Emotional Support Dog And Players Are Loving Him

Written by: Dee Michaels
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| Published on March 14, 2024

Dwight Powell, a player for the Mavericks, has shared an intriguing tidbit about Bailey, his dog, who possesses the remarkable talent of sniffing out a sausage from as far as 75 meters away. Bailey, a 2-year-old mini-Bernadoodle weighing in at 24 pounds, is not just a pet but a source of tremendous happiness for Powell. This mini-Berna doodle’s extraordinary sense of smell and joyful disposition highlight the unique and endearing qualities pets bring into our lives.


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“I am wholeheartedly a dog enthusiast,” Mau stated, emphasizing her close bond with Bailey.

The idea of integrating an emotional support animal within the organization’s wellness department was enthusiastically supported by Mau.

“Mau brings a unique form of joy,” remarked Mavs head coach Jason Kidd, highlighting the positive impact Bailey has on the team.

The executive decision to introduce a team dog was well received, sparking eager anticipation among the players.

Dwight Powell commented on the anticipation, stressing the uniqueness of having a dog in the workplace. Bailey stands as the NBA’s singular emotional support dog, beloved by players like Dwight Powell, Green, Hardaway, and Kleber.

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Mau humorously noted the effect of Bailey on the team, stating, “You bring a cute little dog into this building and all these men will melt.”

Bailey’s presence transcends physical benefits in the high-pressure environment of professional sports, according to Mau. Performance counselor and therapist Don Kalkstein acknowledged Bailey’s intuitive understanding of emotions and behaviors.

Powell recognized Bailey’s role in maintaining a light atmosphere without diminishing the professionalism of their work. Bailey offers a form of training and therapy that surpasses human capabilities, with hopes that her influence positively impacts the team’s performance on the court.

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