Jeff Kingston is the Seattle Mariners assistant general manager, and a lover of dogs – particularly of weinheimers.
A year ago, Kingston brought his dog to camp and it was so well-behaved it was given the OK to come to the complex each day, and it stayed on a dog bed kept near Kingston’s desk.
Last July, Kingston couldn’t help himself and got a second weinheimer from a dog rescue facility. It had a few bad habits, and in the months since has lost most of them. But not all.
“He jumps up on people,” Kingson lamented. “We haven’t been able to break him of it yet.”
Manager Eric Wedge and a few coaches met Louis, the new dog, and enjoyed him immensely, although Louis didn’t stay in the clubhouse area long. Now, Louis has become the first official cut of the spring – banned from camp after just a few days.
In one of his final moments at the complex – defying all efforts to calm him – Louis jumped up on Howard Lincoln. Then on Jack Zduriencik and a few secretaries.
That did it.
Louis is resting comfortably in Kingston’s rented condo and gets long walks every evening.