Kal Tire Place went to the dogs Wednesday.
The Vernon Vipers home game against the Trail Smoke Eaters saw more than a dozen dogs roaming above the rink as the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society Okanagan was on hand.
Rico, a five-year-old PADS pup, dropped the puck with handler Brian Smith.
Born in south Florida, Rico has lived in Vernon since he was three months old.
“He was raised at the drive-in in Enderby,” said Smith, who works at the popular attraction in the summer.
“At two, he went to Calgary for advanced training and now lives with his client Sarah in Kelowna.”
Rico was just one of more than a dozen PADS pups at the game, selling 50/50 tickets with their handlers.
While the Vipers were smoked out of the game 4-1, the pups stole the hearts of fans young and old.
The snakes are taking a break for Christmas but will return to their den Saturday, Dec. 28, to take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.