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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

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

Well-Trained Corgis Know Exactly How to Get Dry

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

After an evening of playing in the rain or splashing around in lawn sprinklers, it's nice to have somebody make sure you're dry and cozy before you walk in the house. (It's probably a good way to avoid muddy paw prints, too.)

A video shows a group of corgis lined up single file to receive their one-on-one towel rub with their mother.


The rhythm: plop, twist and rub. Repeat.


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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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1 Feb

Dogs Cannot Decide Who Gets Best Spot On Couch

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Sometimes, it takes a little more than the usual squeezing, sliding and scooching over to make sure everyone is comfortable.

Especially when we're talking about a gaggle of great Danes. And one very small couch.

These three giants were spotted by foster mom Dianna Helmers trying to cozy up on her couch in rural Iowa.

Helmers, who runs Agape Fosters in Iowa, says she would have taken a video of the whole operation, "but they move like tortoises and that could be long and boring."

It all began with Clyde. At around 12 years old, he's the elder statesman of the trio — and has really earned his sprawling spot on the couch.

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1 Feb

Rescue Pig Meets Dog Next Door and Falls in Love

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Sometimes, against all odds, it's simply love at first sight.

Piper the pig was rescued after being abandoned in the cold and adopted into a loving family a few weeks ago. She's living her best life now, with all the toys, blankets, and love she could ever want — and has even made a few lifelong friends.

Piper has new pig siblings whom she loves very much, but when she met the tiny puppy who lives next door to her, she made sure they were soon best friends.

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26 Jan

Celebrity Uses Instagram to Get Her Grandma’s Stolen Dog Back

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from

This supposed dognapper picked the wrong sweet old lady to mess with.

Last Friday, well-known animal lover Jessica Chastain took to her Instagram account to announce the alleged kidnapping of her grandmother's dog, Livvy. According to the 38-year-old actress, Livvy was taken from a McDonald's in Vallejo, California. "For those of you who love animals, you must understand how devastated my grandma is," Chastain wrote in the post to her following of nearly 500,000 fans, asking for their help in finding her.

By Sunday, it looked as though the plea worked.

A day later, Livvy returned home to her rightful parent. Chastain shared a sweet photo of the happy reunion on Instagram, also giving thanks to the "guardian angels" who spread the word of her grandmother's plight:

At the time, there are no details available as to how Livvy was found.

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26 Jan

The Moment a Puppy and a Bull Realize They're Best Friends

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(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from

We all remember the day we met our best friend. It was a momentous and wonderful day in history — just like it was for this bull and dog duo.

Maybe, like this dachshund pup, we were a little nervous at first ...

... and maybe we had to feel things out a little.

But before long, it all became clear: We'd found our new partner in crime.

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