If you haven’t been counting down the days, the Puppy Bowl returns for its 13th installment at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet. It will feature 78 puppies from 34 rescues from around the country, divided into “Team Ruff” and “Team Fluff.” Six of the pups (all on Team Ruff) are from two local rescues, Operation Paws for Homes, in Alexandria, and City Dogs Rescue in D.C. While all of these pups have already been adopted, it looks like they’ll put on quite the game. We spoke with rescue staff and adopters to get a feel for how they’ll do.
8 months, briard/cairn terrier mix, Operation Paws for Homes
This pup survived a copperhead snake attack on his farm in Milford, Va., so he shouldn’t be fazed by anything he encounters in the game.
8 months, Labrador/Dalmatian mix, Operation Paws for Homes
The spunkiest of the group (she apparently couldn’t stop posing for this photo), Dabo is sure to try to steal the spotlight every chance she gets.
8 months, bulldog mix, Operation Paws for Homes
Described as more timid and relaxed than the others, Bradie will probably do her own thing from the sidelines, looking for humans to pet her.
8 months, Shih Tzu/mini pinscher mix, Operation Paws for Homes
Striker got his name from being born in the parking lot of a bowling alley in Scott County, Va., and is sure to lead Team Ruff’s offensive plays.
7 months, Australian cattle dog mix, City Dogs Rescue
One of Zoey’s favorite hobbies is to stare out of the window like a watchdog. She’ll likely be the coach of the group, keeping teammates in check.
7 months, puggle, City Dogs Rescue
Burr tends to destroy his all of his toys, so he’ll likely go Beast Mode on all the balls. We predict he’ll be the most aggressive; he likes to wrestle dogs more than triple his size.