We all know the ongoing human interest story of Christmas Trees making good in the Big Apple each year. The first Christmas tree transported to Rockefeller Center was erected in 1931, during the Depression-era. Since then, Christmas trees selected from small towns have been an annual tradition. Since then, towns like State College, PA, Bloomsbury, NJ and Ridgefield, CT have received their 15 minutes of fame [actually for the full holiday season].
The Puppy Bowl
Similarly, the Puppy Bowl XV is following suit. But instead of trees, the glory goes to puppies [versus trees] who are selected from around the country to participate in the broadcast on Animal Planet. This is the event that mimics the nation's annual match-up of America's top football teams. Televised each year on Super Bowl Sunday, the show features 10 canines at play inside a model stadium, with commentary on their "super" game play. The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005, opposite Super Bowl XXXIX. The puppies featured are all from small town adoption centers.
Palmetto Animal League
This year dogs are from the Palmetto Animal League’s shelter in Okatie, SC.
Animal Planet crews filmed the puppies, ranging in age from 3 to 6 months, in December, 2018. Amy Campanini, president of PAL, said filming took place at the adoption center, Oldfield Plantation, Peacock Subaru and Memorial Stadium in Savannah. She said eight puppies and two adult dogs were part of the filming.
The Owens Family
Lowcountry resident, the Owens family met and adopted a dog at PAL's sponsored event last fall. Appropriately naming "Pumpkin" for the autumn season, their personal story became part of a national TV commercial for the Puppy Bowl. "When we brought Pumpkin home, the family was complete . . . it just felt really right," said 17-year old Caitlyn Owens.
In addition to being adorable, the pups featured on Puppy Bowl XV are all adoptable. As they prepared for their big day, all their friends at the PAL adoption center anxious await the impending chance for each pup to obtain a "forever home."
"So many rescue pets have amazing stories to tell, and we're excited that some of our hometown pups are getting their opportunity," says PAL Development Coordinator Stephen Bashaw. "It's been an amazing experience, and we can't wait to see our puppies on national TV."
Tune in . . .
The broadcast begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, February 3. Better yet, join the Puppy Bowl Watch Party at Peacock Subaru starting at 2:30 p.m. If you're attending the event, in addition to taking in the game, munch on some of car dealership's delicious tailgate food from One Hot Mama's. Joining them will be radio station 104.9 The Surf and the PAL. They'll be bringing additional adoptable dogs along, so you can meet and mingle with all the furry friends available for adoption.
Donations will be collected for PAL at the event. Last year’s broadcast filmed dogs from dozens of shelters in front of more than 3 million viewers.
Whether you're adopting or donating, the good folks at PAL will be grateful for any help you can send their way. If interested, be sure to click here to RSVP, and the good folks at Peacock Subaru and PAL look forward to seeing you here!
Primary Source: The Island News