Local puppy featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XVIII

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – A puppy from Rhode Island is being featured in Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl.

7-month-old Reese was adopted from the East Greenwich Animal Protection League the by Amanda and Andrew Terry. Reese is a Doberman Boxer mix and was one of 100 puppies from across the country to compete in the big games.

Although her adoption name is Reese, she goes by Maribel in the competition.

“They choose their cast ahead of time before they actually choose the dogs, so they have all these names lined up and then they put a name with the dog,” Amanda Terry said. “She is a very high energy puppy. She gets along really well with our kids and other dogs. She’s a good loyal family member.”

This year’s Puppy Bowl competition features 67 shelters and rescues from 33 states. Puppies are either on one of two teams: Team Fluff or Team Ruff.

“She [Reese] was on team ruff. She wasn’t a finalist, but she will definitely be out on the playing field and will be featured. it’ll be fun to see her,” Terry said. “She was very shy, but she did really well. It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes footage. I can’t wait to see the show and how it turned out.”

The show airs on Discovery+ and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 13th at 2pm.

While the games are adorable to watch, the hope is to raise awareness about adoption. It’s also a way to showcase local shelters who are doing so much to help animals.

“There’s so many shelters out there. East Greenwich Animal Protection League right now has over 20 puppies. They’ve been helping bring some up from the south,” Terry said. “Just raising awareness for all these dogs in rescue shelters that deserve a loving home like this at the end of the day.”

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