Puppy Bowl 2022: A dog from the Hudson Valley will be presented
HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Whether you’re a football fan or not, one thing we can all agree to watch before the Super Bowl is the showdown of adorable proportions between Team Ruff and Team Fluff in Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl.
And this year, Chorizo from Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford will be strutting around the grounds, feasting us on all the ear banging, tail banging and sloppy kissing we can handle virtually.
Now in its 18th year, Puppy Bowl features adoptable pets from rescue shelters across the United States. This year’s three-hour event is set to air Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. ET, just hours before Super Bowl LVI.
In all, more than 100 puppy players will participate, representing 67 animal shelters and rescue groups from 33 states.
Aside from the obvious allure of watching fluffy, cuddly puppies tumble over each other as they chase a ball and try to score a touchdown, Hudson Valley residents have an added incentive to watch this year.
Julie Potter, director of business and development for Paws Crossed, said the shelter looks forward to celebrating and cheering on Chorizo when he hits the ground on February 13.
“Go Team Fluff! Go Team Ruff!” she said. “What a great day for animal rescue, adoption and advocacy. What an overload of kindness and talent! It doesn’t matter which team wins the title; every puppy involved in the Puppy Bowl is a winner!”
Paws Crossed is a 501(c)3, non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization. Through rescue, adoption, advocacy, rehabilitation and education, her mission is to “Rescue one by one until there are none left”.
According to shelter officials, Chorizo may be short in stature, but he certainly makes up for it by being handsome, athletic and, yes, those ears are something. He is originally from North Carolina and came to Paws Crossed through his transportation partners: Shelter Dog Transport Alliance and Rusty’s Legacy.
A total of 15 puppies from shelters around New York will be featured in this year’s chew challenge.
The Puppy Bowl XVIII pre-game show begins at 1 p.m. ET, where fan-favorite sportscasters Rodt Weiler, Sheena Inu and James Hound, along with field reporters Mini Pinscher and Greta Dane, will provide the scoop on this year’s Puppy Bowl draft. .
So far, the Puppy Bowl is 17-0 when it comes to adoption rates. Since its inception, 100% of all puppy players have found their forever home, according to a press release from Animal Planet.
Here’s a look at some beloved traditions returning to the Puppy Bowl of the year:
- Put your paws together in the middle of the game for the Kitty Half-Time Show as adoptable kittens dance through a purring beach party.
- Fans can expect a return of favorite elements including slow-motion replays, nose-to-nose action from the famous Water Bowl Cam, and aerial shots of the field.
- Joining the game for the 11th year is “Rufferee” Dan Schachner, who is ready to call puppy penalties and touchdowns.
- Puppy Bowl players will once again be cheered on from the sidelines by adoptable cheerleaders.
To learn more about playful puppies, their shelters and other ways to help, visit Puppybowl.com/Adopt during Puppy Bowl.