Chicago’s PAWS represented at ‘Puppy Bowl XII’

SHARE Chicago’s PAWS represented at ‘Puppy Bowl XII’
SHARE Chicago’s PAWS represented at ‘Puppy Bowl XII’

When America tunes in for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, Chicago will be well-represented.

No, not at THEgame, but at the equally anticipated “Puppy Bowl XII,” the Animal Planet sporting event (airing from 2 to 4 p.m. on the cable network) featuring a slew of adorable “players” sniffing for field goals and looking for a good home, too. This year the “game,” which calls attention to the many, many puppies, dogs and cats available at no-kill shelters across the country, will for the first time feature avirtual reality cam, giving viewers a 360-degree view of the fun on the “field.”

The cable network joined forces with 44 animal shelters and rescue organizations across the country to find the 49 final candidates for TeamRuff and TeamFluff, including PAWS Chicago.

And when they take the field, Chicago will be represented by two adorable pups.Sarah McDonald of PAWS talked to me about “Cooper” and “Athena,” the two “players” fromChicago. While they’ll be seen in the TV show (which was pre-taped), both dogs were adopted a few months ago.

“They both live in Chicago, are the center of attention, and are trying not to let all this newfound fame go to their heads,” McDonald said. ” They are a great representation of the many wonderful puppies available for adoption at PAWS Chicago.”

“One thing I’d like to add is that all the puppies participating in the Puppy Bowl are rescues,” McDonald said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to showcase the amazing variety of puppies available for adoption at your local no-killshelter.”

Visit www.pawschicago.org for more information on the organization and its mission and all the pups available for adoption.

Q. Why were these two particular puppies chosen to participate in the Puppy Bowl?

A.Animal Planet reached out to rescues late last year with guidelines on how to submit a puppy for consideration. Both Cooper and Athena met their requirements so we submitted their info and photos, and both made the cut! They are both very social and incredibly sweet and playful, and we knew they’d have a blast participating.

Athena is a 19-week-old female American Bulldog mix. | COURTESY OF PAWS

Athena is a 19-week-old female American Bulldog mix. | COURTESY OF PAWS

Q. How old are each of the dogs?

A.Cooper is a 15-week-old male Great Pyrenees/Collie mix. Cooper is part of the starting lineup, representing “Team Fluff”!Athena is a 19-week-old female American Bulldog mix.

Q.Did PAWS participate in last year’s Bowl?

A. No, this is our first time! We did partner with Animal Planet on two other events here in Chicago last year, the “Road to Puppy Bowl Draft Day” event.

NOTE: PAWS Chicago is hosting a pre-Puppy Bowl adoption event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at itsLincoln Park adoption center, 1997 N. Clybourn. Come check out the “MVP” lineup of available dogs and cats ready for a good home.Here are two candidates up for adoption on Saturday at PAWS:

Nina, a 2-month-old Heeler/Lab mix. | MIKE SHIMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Nina, a 2-month-old Heeler/Lab mix. | MIKE SHIMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Maria, a 2-month-old Heeler/Lab mix. | MIKE SHIMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Maria, a 2-month-old Heeler/Lab mix. | MIKE SHIMER PHOTOGRAPHY

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