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Nelson County’s Barktown Rescue to field two players in annual Super Bowl Sunday Puppy Bowl

Barktown Rescue has announced two puppy players in this year’s Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XV set for Super Bowl Sunday, February 3.

Pippi and Austin will hit the Geico gridiron and make the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff, as they compete to win the Chewy.com Lombarky Trophy.

Pippi (left) and Austin will participate in the annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl Feb. 3. (Photo from Barktown Rescue)

Pippi and Austin are siblings. They came to Barktown Rescue from a local area shelter when Marion County Animal Control responded to a call about an abandoned dog in a renter-vacated home. Upon arrival, the Animal Control officer loaded the dogs, but noticed the female canine named Olive, was in distress. The officer released Olive who led her to three little puppies who were almost left behind. The whole fur-family became Barktown fosters after their rescue.

Two of the pups, Pippi and Austin, auditioned and were chosen for Puppy Bowl XV. What makes this even more special is the fact Pippi was born blind, and her brother Austin behaves like her guide dog. Even though she’s blind, Pippi is still quite sassy, not recognizing she has a disability. Both are 7 months old now and have been adopted by their foster family together.

Pippi and Austin, 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.”

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 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 making up TeamRuff and TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly, their “furever” homes.

Barktown Rescue is a 501(3)(c) non-profit, no-kill animal rescue located in Boston in Nelson County, less than 15 miles southwest of Bardstown. Barktown Rescue takes in abused, unwanted, abandoned, and neglected pets throughout the region and places them in loving, forever homes. So far, Barktown Rescue has saved and rehomed more than 3,000 dogs and cats. For more information, please visit www.barktownrescue.org.

From Barktown Rescue

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