Redskins' Kirk Cousins, wife, find time to foster dogs during busy NFL season

- We know Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has plenty of skills when it comes to football. But did you know he's also pretty big into playing fetch?

Millions of people will be watching as Cousins leads the Redskins in their playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Among the adoring fans who will be tuning in will be a three ½-year-old wheaten terrier mix.

The dog named Gracie by her new adoptive parents was one of many pets cared for as a foster animal by Cousins and his wife, Julie. She stayed with them for the entire 2014 NFL season.

The Cousins regularly foster dogs whose lives would have been in jeopardy had they been left in shelters. Cousins often posts about the pets on social media and his wife sent FOX 5 photos of Gracie, saying in particular that she was a very tough pup to part with.

Doug and Ina Bowman, who adopted Gracie, say the Cousins do wonderful work.

"Julie Cousins had a hundred questions for us when we met her that day," said Doug.

He went on to say the Cousins interview a number of families to make sure they are personally comfortable with who adopts each dog.

While Redskins fans cheer on their starting quarterback on Sunday, Laura Dove, president of Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), will also be watching with pride. In an email, she told FOX 5:

"Friends of Homeless Animals is incredibly proud to count the Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and his wife Julie, as volunteer foster parents for our organization. Kirk is a great guy who is a shining example of a popular athlete who makes a difference by providing shelter, nutrition, love and attention to homeless pets in need. We at FOHA have our fingers and paws crossed in anticipation of Kirk leading the team to victory in the playoffs. Go Kirk!"

If you are interested in fostering, go to for more information.

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