By: Mary Beth McAndrews
The staff here at Animal Planet are dedicated to helping and adopting shelter dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages! Many of us have adopted our pets from a shelter or rescue, all with different backgrounds and stories. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, here is one of our stories!
Staff Member: Matthew Windsor, Senior Publicist at Animal Planet
Dog: Gray, coonhound mix
Age when adopted: 3 months
Her Story: You may recognize Gray as former Puppy Bowl XI star “Miss Martian.” While she didn’t win the game as part of Team Fluff, she did score a touchdown, fall in the water bowl and capture the heart of Matt, who was on-hand working at the taping. Matt has worked at Animal Planet for more than five years and has seen his fair share of puppies, so there was definitely something special about Gray that caught his eye. In fact, he says it was love at first sight when he spotted Gray and her floppy ears across the Puppy Bowl locker room. After finding out that Gray was still available for adoption, Matt made an on the spot decision to give her a forever home. Gray had travelled to the Puppy Bowl from the Williamson County Animal Shelter in Tennessee and didn’t have a leash, collar or carrier for the trip to her new home. After a quick trip to a nearby pet store and a rental car shop, Matt and Gray were on their way home with Gray riding shotgun in a pink cat carrier, the only thing available for transportation.