Puppy Bowl 2021 lineup: Meet the adoptable dogs in the game

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    Puppy Bowl 2021 kicks off Sunday ahead of this year’s (likely) snoozer of a human Super Bowl 2021. Tom Brady, Gronk, Antonio Brown? Who are they even? The real players to watch this year are Aaron Pawdgers, George Kibble, a two-legged pooch named Jett and the many other adorable faces of this year’s puppy players.

    The big game, now in its 17th year, is dedicated to inspiring and adoptable dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and personalities. Speaking of dogs, Snoop Dogg and his best pal Martha Stewart will be hosting this year.

    The event will see teams Ruff and Fluff go paw-to-paw in a fur-filled melee for the “Lombarky” trophy. Last year, it was Team Fluff, making Team Ruff the real underdogs this year.

    The big game will be led by ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele, with help from animal advocates Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network star Duff Goldman. “Rufferee” Dan Schachner will be joining the game for the 10th year in a row. Plus, a crew of cuddly kitties will entertain viewers with paw-some performances.

    Before that, a pregame show featuring fans’ favorite sports correspondents, Rodt Weiler, James Hound, Sheena Inu and field reporters Brittany Spaniel and Herman Shepard, will share Puppy Bowl insights that only a dog could deliver.

    The ulti-“mutt” pregame show airs at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, but the real “ruff” housing begins at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7. Fur-tunately there are two ways to watch — on the Discovery+ app and the Animal Planet network.

    Here are some of the standout good boys and girls, plus the rest of the pack, in the starting lineup of Puppy Bowl 2021.

    Team Fluff

    Aaron Pawdgers

    Aaron Pawgers, Team Fluff
    Aaron Pawgers, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This treeing walker coonhound/American Staffordshire terrier mix from Last Chance Animal Rescue will hopefully live up to his name.

    Aubrey

    Aubrey, Team Fluff
    Aubrey, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    You can tell just by looking at her: This American Staffordshire terrier/Australian terrier mix from Danbury Animal Welfare Society is in it to win it.

    Bananaberry

    Bananaberry, Team Fluff
    Bananaberry, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    What wonder is a Bananaberry? In this case, it’s an Australian cattle dog/golden retriever from Operation Paws for Homes.

    Chunky Monkey

    Chunky Monkey, Team Fluff
    Chunky Monkey, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Chunky Monkey, a chow chow/Irish red and white setter mix has built-in padding, perfect for a game-winning tackle. The Chunk comes from Green Dogs Unleashed.

    Foxy Cleopatra

    Foxy Cleopatra, Team Fluff
    Foxy Cleopatra, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    And she’s a whole lotta dog! This Russell terrier/bichon frisé from the Sato Project looks quick as a fox.

    Jett

    Jett, Team Fluff
    Jett, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Meet Jett, a double front amputee Labrador mix from Pets With Disabilities in Maryland, who is prepping for the big game with regular jaunts along the countryside with his fellow special needs cat and dog companions.

    Marshall

    Marshall, Team Fluff
    Marshall, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Another one of the special needs pooches in the game, this Boston terrier from Green Dogs Unleashed is training to be a therapy dog, where at a local hospital, he will provide a group of COVID emergency room nurses with a much-needed mental break in the midst of the pandemic.

    Fozzie

    Fozzie, Team Fluff
    Fozzie, Team Fluff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This Foster Dogs Inc. Norwegian elkhound got his first ever grooming from Harlem Doggie Day Spa in advance of the big game.

    Here’s the rest of Team Fluff’s lineup

    Animal Planet

    Yogi, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Tucker, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Tony, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Ray, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Sasha, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Sonic, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Theodore, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Pippa, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Pacific, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Moo, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Minnie, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Mary Anne, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Michael, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Milky Way, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Jiffy, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Jay, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    James, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Hanson, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Hank, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Glimmer, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Oliver, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Ginkgo, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Erica, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Chip, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Beliveau, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Ariel, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Aubrey, Team Fluff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

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    Team Ruff

    Argos

    Argos, Team Ruff
    Argos, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    You just know this Belgian Malinois/American Staffordshire terrier from Rescue Dogs Rock is bringing his A-game.

    Cosmo

    Cosmo, Team Ruff
    Cosmo, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This Australian cattle dog from Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue loves the feeling of wind in his ears.

    Eclipse

    Eclipse, Team Ruff
    Eclipse, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose. This Siberian Husky/Shar-Pei from MatchDog Rescue has a vision for winning.

    Fletcher

    Fletcher, Team Ruff
    Fletcher, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This American Staffordshire terrier/beagle may look sleepy but… they give awards for that too at the Puppy Bowl.

    Gus

    Gus, Team Ruff
    Gus, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Gus may be just a little guy, but this beagle/cocker spaniel from Danbury Animal Welfare Society brings a big swagger to his game.

    Lucy

     

    Lucy, Team Ruff
    Lucy, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This beagle/bluetick coonhound looks like she’s about to pull a fast one. Watch out!

    Spaulding

    Spaulding, Team Ruff
    Spaulding, Team Ruff
    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    This hairless terrier from Dog Star Rescue passes the vibe check.

    Check out the rest of the Team Ruff lineup

    Animal Planet

    Xena, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Vinnie, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Todd Furly, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Tina, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Peaches, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Rumor, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Stitch, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Tank, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Paulie, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Patrick, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Nutty Coconut, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Muffin / George Kibble, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Hope, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Hunter, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Lee, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Lionel, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Gizmo, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Duke, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Duke, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Cream, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Bluey, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Coltrane, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Comet, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Athena, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Archer, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

    Animal Planet

    Apollo, Team Ruff

    Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

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