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The Lineup: 12 of the best dog salutes to Bill Walton’s lovable pooch, Cortez

On Saturday, ESPN college basketball analyst Bill Walton tweeted this:

 

By early Monday, fans of Walton (featured in this Sports Illustrated piece) – and Cortez – were dancing across the water as they sent dozens of well-wishes to the duo in support of Cortez’s momentary sadness. Front Row picks some of our favorite responses and reminds you Walton and booth partner Dave Pasch will be calling two Pac 12 games this week: (No. 7 Arizona vs. Colorado, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN; USC vs. UCLA, Saturday 9 p.m., ESPN2)

1. Belle gets points for name-dropping Walton’s favorite coach.

 

2. Nice use of a snow-covered dog.

 

3. Bonus points for incorporation of Grateful Dead lyrics.

 

4. Likewise, bonus points for trying to sound like Bill.

 

5. Close-up indicating good canine oral health is always a winner.

 

6. Puppy! Need we say more?

 

7. The author of this post has a dog named Chester that looks like this Chester so. . . no doubt it gets included.

 

8. Walter’s paw makes the picture all the more adorable.

 

9. And a Cortez-alike.

 

10. Familial praise never fails to please.

 

11. Rescue dogs rule.

 

12. Um, let’s hope a squirrel doesn’t cross their path.

 

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