It's true that most dog owners think their fur baby is the cutest one of all, but Vancouver Canuck Chris Tanev's pug might actually be the winner. The defenceman may be all business on the ice, but at home, he melts with love for little Riley. In an interview with NHL's After the Buzzer, Tanev gushed about Riley and his silly antics. 

"We’ve had him for a few years now. He’s a cute little guy and he loves to eat," he said. "He doesn’t like to exercise too much, but he likes to sleep a lot."

"He’s always fun to have around because he’s so entertaining and he’s always smiling. He loves us and always puts a smile on your face." 

Tanev says that his fiance and her brother adopted Riley "three or four years ago" after his previous owner passed away.

"His partner couldn’t take care of the dog anymore, so they took him in, and now Riley’s with us full time," says Tanev. Something tells us it was the best decision they could've made.

A few weeks ago, after some peer pressure from his fellow teammates Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, Tanev finally caved and got Instagram. The first photo he posted was of, you guessed it, Riley. Chilling in a box.

“I might delete my account, haven’t decided yet. I don’t think it’s for me, but the boys like that I’m on it,” Tanev said to the Canucks.

He isn't sick of it yet, though, because he just posted another shot of Riley all dressed up for Christmas. Tanev captioned the photo, "Santa's home".

After a tough loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, we're sure that Riley lifted Tanev's spirits. 

Tanev isn't the only doggy dad on the Vancouver Canucks. Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Jordie Benn each have fur babies of their own.

Nothing's more pure than the love we have for our doggos, and the Canucks aren't afraid to show it!

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