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Puppy Bowl

21 Oct

Adorable Puppy Bowl XI Star Finds New Life in the City

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!

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Photo by Matt Windsor

Staff Member: Matthew Windsor, Senior Publicist at Animal Planet

Dog: Gray, coonhound mix

Age when adopted: 3 months

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Photo by Matt Windsor

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.

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6 Jul

Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl Gets Feet Moving and Tails Wagging

Two weeks ago, our team traveled to Chicago for the first ever Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Over 3,000 people attended the all-day festival celebrating pet adoptions and man’s best friend while enjoying live music and perfect weather.

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Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl was the grand finale for Road to Puppy Bowl, a series of fee-waived adoption events in 17 cities around the country. In just five months, we were able to help find forever homes to more than 2,000 animals! But the June 27th event wasn’t just about celebrating adoptions; it was also about finding families for even more pups. PAWS Chicago brought dogs along and 61 were adopted on-site.

Throughout the day, animal lovers joined our Animal Planet stars on stage to participate in trivia and compete in dog bone stacking and Chicago hot dog eating contests. Face painters gave dog and cat inspired makeovers while other activities were brought by our friends at the ASPCA, PAWS Chicago, DogVacay, and AT&T. Food trucks and a Lagunitas beer garden were also on-site serving up fresh grub and cold drinks. The fun wasn’t just for people, though. With obstacle courses, Puppy Bowl Kiss Cam, photo ops and dog treats, four legged friends had their share of excitement.

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17 Jun

17 Signs You Definitely Need a Dog

Contributed by DogVacay

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At DogVacay, we’re passionate about dogs and pet care, and we make it easy for pet owners to find awesome sitters. The idea: your pet can stay in a real home with a loving sitter while you’re away, whether you’re traveling or just out for the day!

To us, everyone should have a dog (or two or three). On the fence? If you relate to any of these 17 signs below, we see a pup in your future.

And guess what—we’ll be joining Animal Planet this June 27 in Chicago for Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl! Join us to meet adorable adoptable pups from PAWS Chicago, and you just might go home with your furry best friend!

Jessica Trinh

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16 Jun

Adoptable Rockin’ Dogs and PAWS Chicago Join Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl

Contributed by Paula Fasseas
Founder and Chair, PAWS Chicago

Top Row: Left: Hashbrown; Right: Hoot. Bottom Left: Marmaduke; Right: Parfait. Photo courtesy of PAWS

A group of groovy animals will make their big stage debuts at Animal Planet’s Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl event in Chicago on June 27, in search of peace, love … and their forever homes. If you missed the first Woodstock (or just want to relive it, without the mud!), come on out and you may be lucky enough to meet adoptable dogs Santana, Country Joe and Sha Na Na. You could even catch acts by Joan Barkez, Jefferson Pawplane, Janice Pawplin or Sly and the Family Bone!

PAWS Chicago will host the on-site adoption event at Woofstock, featuring more than 40 pets waiting to find their rockin’ families. Also, throughout the event weekend, our Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers will be open extended hours, and in keeping with the free Woodstock tradition, Animal Planet will cover adoption fees at those locations for specially designated “Rock Star” dogs and cats. Check the PAWS Chicago website for details.

PAWS Volunteers, the PAWS Adoption Center Lobby, and Snooks! Photos courtesy of PAWS.

Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl will feature great live music, food and outdoor entertainment. But like its namesake, it is also is part of a bigger social movement, challenging traditional views on how homeless animals are treated and celebrating the adoption revolution. PAWS Chicago, a national model in No Kill animal sheltering, is committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. 

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15 Jun

The ASPCA is Headed to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Are You?

Contributed by The ASPCA

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Photo Courtesy of The ASPCA

The ASPCA® team will be making its way to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl in Chicago on June 27! Join us as we celebrate man’s best friend and take the pledge vowing to make pet adoption your first option. At Woofstock, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will be handing out blankets to the first 500 visitors who take the adoption pledge. They’ll also be providing information about the ASPCA app, a free app that offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records.

Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl is an all day festival featuring Animal Planet talent, live music, food, and more. Not only will there be attractions for humans, plenty of activities will be for their four legged friends. There’s going to be a Doggie Obstacle Course, photo ops, a dog tag machine, and even a kiss cam where you and your pup have a chance to be featured in Puppy Bowl XII! Be sure to swing by the ASPCA’s tent to take the adoption pledge. If you’re unable to make it to Chicago, you can still sign the pledge online.

Photo Courtesy of The ASPCA

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28 Apr

Road to Puppy Bowl Rolls Into Chicago as Animal Planet Hosts First Ever Draft on Wednesday

Contributed by Matt Windsor


All right everyone, listen up, this is your ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL Ref and I’ve got one important announcement to make. So, please gather round, grab a knee, sit, stay and perk those ears up because you won’t want to miss this.

Everyone listening? Terriers in the corner, keep it down or I’ll have to send you to the showers! Ok, now that we’re all paying attention, here it goes…

On Wednesday, Animal Planet is teaming up with the NFLPA, PAWS Chicago and the ASPCA for the first-ever ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL DRAFT adoption event!

As you may have seen, I’ve been traveling nationwide with Animal Planet as they’re spreading the good news about adopting shelter animals and helping cover adoption costs so every animal has a chance to find a forever home. It’s been an amazing experience so far, but tomorrow, it’s getting even BIGGER!


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28 Feb

Animal Planet Kicks off 2nd Annual 'Road to the Puppy Bowl'

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If you're anything like us here at Animal Planet, the days since Puppy Bowl XI have been absolutely ruff! We all have to wait until 2016 rolls around to see next year's puppy athletes romping around the gridiron, but there's fortunately one great reason for you to keep calm and smile on. Road to Puppy Bowl is on its way! 

For a second year, Animal Planet is bringing the spirit of Puppy Bowl to animal rescue organizations around the country through Road to the Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) at a shelter in their community. When attending each event, you can expect plenty of fun giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable and adoptable animals. 

Plus, Animal Planet will make adopting an new furry family member even simpler by covering some or all of the costs of adoptions during the events. That means you could take your new cat or dog home for free!

While you're at an event, share your Road to Puppy Bowl experience with us. Post your photos to Instagram and tag them with #R2PB. We'll post our favorites here at


Get more details and sign up for our upcoming Road to Puppy Bowl: OAKLAND and HOUSTON events now! Both events will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, April 18 in their respective time zones. 


Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you.

View a gallery of fan photos from Road to Puppy Bowl events.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

13 Feb

#FlashbackFriday: Puppy Bowl Fever Continues on Instagram

By Zenda Trieu

It's #FlashBackFriday and Puppy Bowl fever may have died down, but the cuteness lives on with our Instagram buddies who cheered on #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff! We loved seeing their enthusiasm and creativity.


If you haven’t already, we recommend following these pups for a daily dose of love and happiness!
Manny_the_frenchie , turboRoo , threecorgis  , amymonkey72 , brandy_the-pug , mervinthechihuahua , Itsdougthepug , chloe_the minifrenchie  , nachodogg 

Here are some of our other favorite friends too:
piggyandpolly , underbiteunite , Lolabarksdale , mrbobabear ,3bulldogges , murphyownsus , 2frenchies_and_a_rottie , 2expensivebitches , lulunasty , lucyandleroy  

Miss out on all the action? Get the highlights in the video below!

4 Feb

Animal Planet's 'Road to the Puppy Bowl' Adoption Events

Each February, the most anticipated sporting event featuring the cutest - and adoptable! - players arrives on Animal Planet! Leading up to Puppy Bowl XI, Animal Planet teamed up with NFL teams and animal shelters around the country to raise animal adoption awareness.

NFL stars Torrey Smith, Darren McFadden and Billy Turner were among players to meet fans and their newly adopted pets. 


"I think we all kind of get caught up in wanting to have a pure-[bred] dog, but you can get whatever you want when you adopt," Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith said. "There are plenty of dogs in [shelters] just waiting for someone to love them."


Animal Planet co-hosted six "Road to Puppy Bowl" events in six different cities, sponsoring adoption costs for all families adopting pets.

 Missed out on Puppy Bowl madness? Tune in to the full episode here!

31 Jan

Puppy Bowl XI: French Bulldog Loyalties Divided - #TeamRuff or #TeamFluff?

If you aren't already following Manny the Frenchie on Instagram, you are certainly missing out on one very important — and ADORABLE — French bulldog! 

We are all huge fans of this precious pup here at Animal Planet offices — so we were more than THRILLED to see him cheering for Team Ruff in tomorrow's Puppy Bowl XI!  WE LOVE YOU, MANNY! You can follow him by clicking here >>



But it's going to be tense in this Frenchie household! Looks like his buddy's going with Team Fluff!  WHO will win tomorrow's game? Which team will be victorious?! Both pups are itchin' and ready to find out!

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