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As promised, sign-toting Royals fan and her boyfriend get a dog

Meet Lucy, the corgi now owned by Joe Onofrio and Katie Castan, the Royals fans who were going to get a puppy if the team won the Wild Card Game. On Tuesday they stopped by the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, which is spurting blue water.
Meet Lucy, the corgi now owned by Joe Onofrio and Katie Castan, the Royals fans who were going to get a puppy if the team won the Wild Card Game. On Tuesday they stopped by the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, which is spurting blue water. The Kansas City Star

It’s a blessed event for Kansas City’s Royals puppy couple: They’re the proud parents of a pooch.

Katie Castan, who was holding the now-famous sign at the Wild Card Game last week — “If We Win, He’s Buying Me a Puppy!” — and boyfriend Joe Onofrio adopted a 4-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi last weekend.

The couple had been planning to visit KC Pet Project, Kansas City’s municipal animal shelter. But late last week they heard from “a family of wonderful pet owners” who had been trying to find a new home for the corgi. That’s the breed of dog pictured on her sign.

“Since a corgi is the dog of my dreams, we went to meet her and I immediately fell in love,” said Castan, 24, of Prairie Village. “She’s just so sweet — everything we could have hoped for.”

The dog’s name is Lucy, but she now also has a middle name: Rally. As in how the Royals rallied to win the game that launched them into a sweep of the American League Division Series, which leads to the Royals facing Baltimore in the American League Championship Series starting Friday.

Castan said many people came forward to help the couple find a pup.

“It was incredibly generous,” she said, “and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

The new addition is living with Onofrio, 30, at his condo near the Country Club Plaza. She is already loving walks in Mill Creek Park. On Wednesday, she is going to the vet for a checkup.

Lucy is “really loving, but incredibly calm,” Onofrio said. “She was really well trained by her previous owners.”

She can sit, shake hands, lie down, roll over and heel.

Castan seems intent on teaching the dog bad habits, like jumping up on the couch to cuddle, Onofrio added.

“The dog looks at her like, ‘No, I am not allowed up there at all!’”

A couple of things Lucy does not enjoy are being picked up or having her feet touched.

Castan’s sign, made by a co-worker at the ad agency where she works, has taken on a life of its own. Among other homages, there was a guy at Sunday night’s game holding this sign: “If We Win, My Fat Cat Brother Is Buying Everyone a Puppy!”

To reach Tim Engle, call 816-234-4779 or send email to tengle@kcstar.com.

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