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4 Feb

Thank You for Participating in UBER Puppy Bowl!

Thank you for joining us yesterday for UBER Puppy Bowl! We hope everyone who got their 15 minutes of puppy enjoyed every second of it! We also want to remind everyone that all of the puppies used yesterday are adoptable from local shelters!

If you didn’t get enough cute don’t forget to check out this link where you can find out more about your local shelters:

Check out some of the adorable highlights from yesterday's event below!







Don’t forget to tune In to the Puppy Bowl this Sunday at 3/2c!

4 Feb

Sick, Starving Dog Found on Street May Not be What She Seems

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

A good rescue is up for saving any dog. Even when she might not be a dog.

Last week, a woman was walking in Los Angeles when she spotted what appeared to be a homeless dog. She took a picture and texted it to California rescue groupHope for Paws. While it was obvious the animal was "disoriented and clearly very sick," Hope for Paws wrote, she also stood out in one other way: her species.

The disheveled animal appeared to be a wolf hybrid, a first for Hope for Paws. Nevertheless, the team jumped in the car and raced to find her.

When they arrived, they found the animal — who was later named Julia — about to enter a fenced yard, and were fortunately able to shut the door to secure her. But when they approached, they realized the situation was worse than they thought.

"This poor girl was so swollen from infections," Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar wrote. "She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it's hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones."

The only sign of her past was a ratty rope wrapped around her neck. "[That] indicates to me that someone owned and neglected her to a criminal level," Hagar wrote.

Naturally, Julia was wary of humans, but rescuer Lisa Chiarelli sat down near her and began to offer her treats — eventually gaining the hungry animal's trust.

"Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently," Hagar said.

Finally, after 20 minutes, rescuers were able to slip a leash over Julia's head.

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4 Feb

Manny the Frenchie and His Sassy Siblings Talk Paw-some 2016 Plans and Puppy Bowl XII

Our favorite French Bulldog, Manny the Frenchie, has been busy traveling the country spreading love while raising money for dog charities, so it’s no surprise he recently won the title of Most Pawsome Dog at The CW’s World Dog Awards. We know we voted for him!

We were lucky enough to get a few minutes with not only Manny, but his two-year-old brothers – Filip and Liam – brother Frank the Funny Frenchie and sister Leila the Bullboxer to talk bully life, Puppy Bowl and their plans for 2016!

(From left to right) Leila, Manny, Liam, Filip and Frank have their game faces on for Puppy Bowl XII.

Animal Planet
: Manny, your 5th birthday is on Sunday, February 7. Happy early birthday! Do you have any plans for the big day (besides watching Puppy Bowl XII, of course!)

Manny: I can't wait to eat my doggy birthday cake that my mom makes for me while cheering on my buddies! 

Animal Planet: What are some of your birthday wishes?

Manny: I always wish for more bacon dog treats! I also want to travel more this year and meet more of my friends across the country. I’m also looking forward to relaxing with more sink naps.

Manny taking a quick big cat nap!

Animal Planet: Now that you’ve had time to study the starting Puppy Bowl XII line-up, who do you think are the strongest contenders for Most Valuable Puppy?

Manny: Countess and Harper on Team Fluff look ready to take home the MVP, but it may be tough with competitors Tidley and Chichi looking just as determined! This is going to be a close competition!


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3 Feb

Kid Meets Puppy and Breaks Down Over How Cute She Is

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the cuteness of an animal that you felt as if your whole world was about to fall apart? Well, that's what happened to this sweet little boy once he got to cradle a (very confused) Chihuahua in his arms.

This little boy just couldn't stop crying — and it wasn't because he was afraid of the small dog.

In the video, uploaded to Facebook by Mia Anelli, CEO and founder of INsight Animal Rescue in Los Angeles, the kid says his reason for sobbing is simply because "she's so cute."

Meanwhile, the tear-inducing Chihuahua has absolutely no idea what's going on.

But she does her best to cheer the little guy up through kisses …

… gently licking away his tears …


… and giving him snuggles.

But when none of the usual suspects seem to console him, she's totally stumped.

"What's wrong?" The adult voice prompts the boy in the video again. His response? "She's just beautiful."

And I think that is absolutely beautiful. The adult goes on to tell the boy, "Maybe mommy will get you a dog, OK?"

We sure hope so!

Check out the entire video of this boy's amazing reaction to his adorable friend below:

Little Boy Has The Best Reaction EVer to a ChiHuaHua!

Little Boy Has The Best Reaction EVer to a ChiHuaHua! DON'T FORGET TO LIKE - Insight Animal Rescue's Facebook: FOR WATCHING! <3Mia Anelli

Posted by INsight Animal Rescue on Monday, January 25, 2016

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3 Feb

Marnie the Dog’s Behind-the-Scenes Fun at Puppy Bowl XII’s Taping

Taping the Puppy Bowl is always something we look forward to here at Animal Planet, but we were especially excited for this year because we had a special guest joining us!

Marnie – a 13-year-old rescued Shih Tzu and one of the most famous dogs on social media – stopped by the studio to lend a hand to our team and the spunky adoptable puppies looking to get their chance at the limelight and find their forever homes. She even makes a surprise appearance in the actual Puppy Bowl!


Her first stop was to meet Dan the Ref and see what it is really like to manage the parade of pooches gallivanting all around the field.


Marnie even made her way onto the grid iron at halftime to score a touchdown! It is safe to say, she was made for the spotlight.


After seeing what goes on in front of the camera, Marnie traveled backstage to join Executive Producer Melinda Toporoff in the control room. Melinda loved having Marnie there to help her run the show – our team can always use more inspiration. She even learned a little about production along the way! Could this be her next gig?


Meeting all these playful puppies and so many people can be tiring, so Marnie headed into the VIP room and took a quick break. I can’t say we weren’t jealous…


Soon it was time for Marnie to head back home and reflect on everything that happened that day. We were definitely sad to say goodbye, but hoped she loved every minute of it as much as we did! But we couldn’t let Marnie go without letting her share a message with everyone first:


Although these puppies – and let’s face it, all puppies – are beyond adorable, Marnie wants to remind everyone of the importance of adopting senior dogs from rescues and shelters. She was adopted from a shelter in Connecticut at 10-years-old and couldn’t be more thankful for her second chance in a happy home. 

See more of Marnie at be on the lookout for more Puppy Bowl updates!

Tune in to Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XII on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT to watch the most adorable game on television!

3 Feb

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!

Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.


  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC to unlock the option in your app. 
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!


2 Feb

Campaign to Help Officer Keep His Patrol Dog Goes Viral

After 30 years on the job, Officer Matthew Hickey retired from the Marietta Police Department in Ohio--but not before requesting something unusual. He wanted to take his partner in crime-fighting, Ajax, home with him.


Ajax is a four-year-old K-9 who has been working alongside Hickey for the past three years. When the city responded to his request, they said that Ajax is city property and therefore must be sold at an auction.

When the community heard that the city government was making it hard for Hickey to adopt Ajax, they decided to get together and intervene.

Hickey's friend, Corey Orr, set up a GoFundMe page where he asked people to donate a few dollars so that Hickey could afford to be the highest bidder in the auction to win Ajax. 

Although Ajax was valued only at $3,500, the fundraiser page went viral and now over $70,000 has been donated. 

There is no bond stronger than the bond between a man and his dog--especially when they have been protecting each other for years. 

According to local reports, Hickey has been offered an auxillary position at the department, allowing him to keep Ajax. However, the GoFundMe page says this has not been confirmed. 

Orr has announced that the excess donation money will be donated to the Vested Interest in K9's, Inc organization. VIK9s supplies police dogs with stab/bullet proof vests that will help police dogs everywhere safer.  

Did you like this story? Check out this wild and touching video of K-9 police dog, Princess, saving the life of her officer and the bond they share because of it.

2 Feb

Rescued Pig Learns to Sit for Treats

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

More evidence has surfaced that a little rescued piglet is essentially just a puppy.

Wee Wee, who is believed to have fallen off a factory farm truck, was rescued by a family out skiing during the recent "Snowmaggedon."

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As he warmed up, Wee Wee started showing just how playful his puppy-esque personality really was. Now that he's found a forever home in Maryland, at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, his inner canine is truly shining.

Recently, Wee Wee has learned to sit on command and wait patiently (usually) for a treat.

It's hard to think that more than 100 million pigs are slaughtered in the U.S. alone each year, and that each one has the potential to be as friendly as Wee Wee.

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2 Feb

Rescued Baby Orphans Keep Cozy With Stuffed Animals

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

There are many ways wild animals in the Amazon might find themselves without a mother — from habitat loss, poaching and smuggling for the illegal pet trade. But fortunately for these orphaned forest babies, folks living in the community have stepped in to make sure they feel surrounded by love regardless;

They've raised a small army of plush toys whose sole duty is to have the little ones feeling at home.



Thanks to a campaign launched by Semmas, the secretary of environment and sustainability in the Amazonian capital of Manaus, 13 rescued baby monkeys, sloths and anteaters living in a nearby wildlife refuge aren't without a sense of parental care.

In recent months, the public has donated 63 stuffed animals for the youngsters to cuddle with and keep cozy — and it's clearly working.


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1 Feb

He's Not Your Normal Dog, But He Still Charms Everyone He Meets

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(Guest post by Cuda The Pit Bull from

There once was a time when I thought my dog, Cuda, was the only dog of her kind. She has short spine syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes vertebra in the spine to be compressed — giving dogs an unusual, scrunched-up look.

I'm excited to present to you yet another beautiful dog living with short spine syndrome. His name is Quasimodo and he is also a rescue.

Quasi was found as a stray in Kentucky. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

Quasimodo ended up at Secondhand Hounds, a rescue in Minnesota that believes that all dogs, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to live in happy homes. I spoke with Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds, about their new arrival.

Secondhand Hounds works closely with a shelter in Kentucky and was contacted by a shelter volunteer there about an odd little dog whose looks set him apart, Mairose said. The volunteer originally thought his condition was due to growing up in a crate. That's a common misconception about dogs with short spine syndrome — but they are born this way.

Quasi learns about the Minnesota snow. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

He was found as a stray with a severely embedded collar, which means a too-small collar was left on his neck so long his skin grew around it. Mairose said she didn't hesitate when they asked if Secondhand Hounds was interested in pulling him.

Aptly named Quasimodo for his appearance, the dog was transported to his temporary foster mom by a group of volunteers. He is estimated to be around 4 years old and appears to be a purebred German shepherd. Like the other short spine dogs, he is much smaller than his breed standard.

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