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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Denver shelter dogs to participate in Puppy Bowl XII

The Superbowl of Cuteness

Riley with Puppy Bowl Referee Dan Schachner
Photo by DDFL
While most of the world will be focused on the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers in Superbowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, a different kind of sporting event will also be taking place that day and at this game, everyone is a winner. Television network Animal Planet will host Puppy Bowl XII from 1-3 PM (MST). Billed as the world’s cutest sporting event, the purpose is to promote animal adoption by showing adorable shelter puppies playing with toys and each other. This year three of those animals will come from Denver’s Dumb Friends League.

“The Puppy Bowl is more than entertainment,” said Megan Rees, Public Relations Manager for the DenverDumb Friends League. “It encourages adoption, a message that is engrained in every aspect of the event. We are proud to partner with Animal Planet to help drive that message into millions of homes across the country that will be watching.”

Over 80 dogs from 44 shelters from across the country, including Puerto Rico, will participate in this year's bowl. There will even be a kitten half time show and “silky chickens” cheering from the sidelines. Playing in the big game will be pups from both North Carolina and Colorado, the states the two football teams are from. The Denver Dumb Friends League sent out this “Stat Sheet” with profiles of its three Puppy Bowl participants.

Photo by DDFL
Moose is a 3-month-old, 2.54-pound, Poodle mix who plays for Team Fluff. Moose came to the Denver Dumb Friends League as the result of a neglect case from southeastern Colorado and has now made it to the bright lights of New York City. As a result of his Puppy Bowl debut, he has been adopted and is still quite the athlete on his three-mile walks with teammate brother Bob the Poodle. Moose has been named a starter for the Puppy Bowl.

Photo by DDFL

Riley is a 3-month-old, 7.2-pound, Dachshund who plays for Team Ruff. He was drafted as a last-minute substitution. He was the first puppy to poop on the field this year, giving him a successful “numbertwo” point conversion. Riley was adopted by a smitten New Yorker and now lives on the Upper West Side. You can follow Riley on Instagram @RileytheDoxie.

Photo by DDFL

Ollie is also a Poodle mix and four months old. At only 2.75 pounds he plays for Team Fluff. Ollie also came from a neglect case and his talent for looking adorable earned him a spot on the Puppy Bowl team. After returning to Denver, Ollie found a home where he traded in his puppy cleats for playing fetch.

It should be noted that the Puppy Bowl is filmed in a New York City studio in advance so by the time the show airs, most of the puppies will have been adopted. However, that shouldn't stop anyone from finding a cute, adorable puppy of their own at a local animal shelter.

Puppy Bowl XII will be broadcast on Animal Planet on Superbowl Sunday, February 7, from 1-3 PM MST (3-5 PM EST). Check local listings for air times in your area.

And one more thing...Go Broncos!

Puppy Bowl XII

Denver Dumb Friends League

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