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- The wife of Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj promised the footballer she would get him a puppy if he scored a hat-trick in 2018.
- In the second match of the year, Lichaj scored twice and could have scored a third in an FA Cup game against Arsenal on Sunday.
- Though Lichaj failed to get the hat-trick, a Twitter campaign was launched and his wife relented.
- Yes, there’s a photo of the puppy.
A footballer’s wife has relented and bought her husband a puppy after the internet bombarded her Twitter account with gifs, memes, and videos of dogs.
Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj was promised a puppy if he scored a hat-trick – three goals in a single game – in 2018.
The task would be hard enough for a striker, yet Lichaj plays as a full back, on the left or sometimes right side of Gary Brazil’s Forest team.
Defenders rarely score a hat-trick throughout their whole career, let alone in a single year. Lichaj’s wife Kathryn perhaps presumed she would be safe. No puppy would need to be bought.
But a man motivated by puppies is obviously a dangerous weapon because in Forest’s second match of 2018 – a third round FA Cup clash against Arsenal on January 7 – Lichaj scored not once, but twice.
Lichaj could have scored a third but was denied the opportunity to take two penalties, as Forest cruised past the Gunners by a 4-2 score.
The American international may have failed to get that hat-trick but he had not lost hope he would get his puppy.
On Monday, a Twitter campaign was launched called #GetEricADog and Sky said that Lichaj told “anyone who is bored” to send “dog pics, memes, gifs” to his wife. Lichaj’s teammates even got involved in the spamming.
— Kathryn Lichaj (@KatPerko) January 8, 2018
The internet did its job. Kathryn Lichaj relented and the footballer got his puppy.
Here’s a photo of Lichaj and his dog – he even called the puppy Gunner, after the team he scored twice against.
— Eric Lichaj (@EricLichaj) January 9, 2018