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Alexandria Rescue Dog “Pirate” Stars in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV Sunday, February 3

Over 90 Adoptable Puppies Compete for Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) Title

In costume hat, “Pirate” was a star at Alexandria Animal Welfare League and will rev up the crowd at the Puppy Bowl XV too. (Photo: AWLA)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has a canine competitor in this year’s PUPPY BOWL XV. Everyone’s favorite pup-to-pup competition airs Sunday, February 3rd, at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT on Animal Planet.

Pirate storms the GEICO gridiron and makes the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff as they compete to win the CHEWY.COM Lombarky Trophy.  

Pirate came to the AWLA in August 2018, already demonstrating the heart of a champion.  While in foster care, he rallied a team of adolescent boys for adventures and some rough-and-tumble fun, and he never missed out on an opportunity to run a few laps around the yard…or to the bus stop at school pick-up time.

Pirate was adopted in October and now goes by the name Min-Guk.  His adopter says, “He is a truly lovely, happy puppy who loves playing fetch and going on runs.  Maybe his fetching and running skills came from his Puppy Bowl training sessions!”  He now shares his adventures on Instagram as @min_guk_ee and encourages others to visit his first “home team,” the AWLA, to find their future canine and feline friends.
(Photos: AWLA)

Pirate, along with the rest of the 93 adoptable puppies from 51 shelters and rescues across the country, go paw to paw and nose to nose for the ultimate match up: “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.”  Join the AWLA on February 3rd for a Puppy Bowl Watch Party at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap to cheer on Pirate and his teammates.  Read more and register to attend at AlexandriaAnimals.org/PuppyBowlParty.

For the last 14 years, Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television. Every Super Bowl Sunday, two teams of the fluffiest and cuddliest line barkers and wide retrievers take to the gridiron for a playful game of terrier touchdown, puppy penalties and furry fumbles. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly…their furever homes.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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