Dog days of winter for Karlsson


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It was a rare Saturday off for the Senators.

This is how 20-year-old all-star defenceman Erik Karlsson planned on spending it:

Me and my girlfriend are going to take our dog to the vet, said Karlsson. I dont know what hes going to do there, but something.

Then were going to go downtown, and were going to get my hair fixed up a bit. Not cutting it off, just keeping it in shape. Same style, but its getting a bit torn and stuff.

Then were going to be downtown for a bit, walk around, have lunch down there probably.

Were going to have dinner at home, then probably go to a movie or something.

Is there something in particular you want to see?

Whatever she picks, probably.

Is there something wrong with your dog?

No, no. Its just a check-up. Its not our dog. Were just fostering it. Its like a street dog. A Shih Tzu. Were looking after it until we find someone who wants it.

We want to keep it, but its tough travelling with it. Its a lot of responsibility, to have a dog.