February 26, 2024

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Regional canine named Powder Puff to represent Tulsa-primarily based rescue in Puppy Bowl XIX

The most modern football season was not cause for celebration in Oklahoma.

It’s possible soccer fans in this state can close the season on a significant observe by pinning their hopes on Powder Puff.

A bichon frise, Powder Puff is Tulsa’s representative in Puppy Bowl XIX. TV’s initial and longest-working connect with-to-adoption party will air at 1 p.m. Tremendous Bowl Sunday (Feb. 12) on Animal Earth and will stream on Discovery+.

The stakes will be significant when Team Ruff and Workforce Fluff collide. They’ll battle for the “Lombarky” Trophy when boosting exposure of rescue and animal shelter workers who dedicate their life to encouraging canine find “forever” residences.


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Puppy Bowl XIX will feature 122 puppies and 67 shelters and rescues throughout 34 states, such as Tulsa-primarily based Compact Paws Rescue, which rescues bichons and will rejoice a 25th anniversary in Might.

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“We have a indicating that if it is a bichon or if it has at any time fulfilled a bichon, that is the type of pet dog that we rescue,” Robin Pressnall, founder and executive director of Modest Paws Rescue, explained. “Any location-in a position doggy that is a bichon or a bichon blend, we are satisfied to acquire.”

Animal World/Discovery achieved out to Small Paws Rescue for previous jobs. In this occasion, the timing was best. Small Paws Rescue does not usually have bichons of the proper age to be eligible for Pup Bowl, but Powder Puff was presented up by a preceding operator, a college scholar returning to campus. Pressnall was about to ship regrets to the Pup Bowl folks when Powder Puff became offered.

“We bought the proprietor surrender sort, and it was truly about a working day quick of the deadline to allow them know if we wanted to participate,” Pressnall reported.

Powder Puff obtained “coaching” right before traveling to the Puppy Bowl XIX web-site (Glen Falls, New York) for taping in Oct.

“We were being hoping to be equipped to instruct the pet to play football,” Pressnall mentioned, evaluating the process to herding kittens or hoping to nail Jell-O to a tree.

“Normally when you have received a 12-week-aged or so pup and you are pitching a tiny ball to them, most of them will grab it and bring it back to you. We tried using to train her to grab it and run, and operate previous the purpose line, and she would do it in her foster parents’ backyard.”

But the schooling was all but neglected in Glen Falls.

“They essentially have a very little soccer discipline, which is about the sizing of perhaps 3 pool tables,” Pressnall said. “What they fundamentally do is set about six puppies of a variety of sundry breeds and colours up on the discipline and enable them go to city with actively playing with toys. Our dog was not interested in the other canines or their toys.”

As a substitute, Powder Puff favored to be picked up by a ref.

“I imagine she was striving to bribe the umpire, which I think is possibly one of the matters that will get you thrown out of the ballgame,” Pressnall claimed. “She was not thrown out. There was a pup that was ejected for unsportsmanlike carry out since he was trying to bite. I really do not know if it was a major factor. Perhaps it was just for a comedic line.”

Pressnall proposed Powder Puff was probably better suited to be a cheerleader. “She appeared like she would have been Miss Congeniality if there had been this sort of an award.”

Possibly Powder Puff will not salvage the state’s soccer delight? Puppy Bowl trophy or not, Powder Puff strike a jackpot mainly because she was adopted just before the broadcast, which is larger than the major match.

“The mission of Pup Bowl is to permit individuals know to undertake, never shop,” Pressnall explained.

“There are shelters and rescue organizations and they have a puppy that wants you terribly that you need to have, and it is not a thing that is going to be lining the pockets of a commercial kennel. That’s the goal is to permit persons know about the world of adoption and the entire world of rescue and how gratifying it is.”

Do not go browsing for a brick and mortar Small Paws Rescue headquarters. You will not discover it. Pressnall said Little Paws Rescue (smallpawsrescue.org) is a team of foster homes across the country. Pressnall mentioned Little Paws Rescue is often in require of volunteer foster mothers and fathers and pays all veterinary costs.

“It does not price tag the foster father or mother anything for 1 of our dogs, and we definitely give them the to start with right of refusal for adoption and a diminished adoption charge if the foster guardian decides to undertake the foster pet,” she reported.

Tiny Paws Rescue has completed almost 18,000 rescues, and counting.

“If you have some time to volunteer to have one of these canine that just yesterday could possibly have been upcoming in line to be euthanized, that puppy could be in your dwelling getting and offering enjoy,” Pressnall said.

“That’s our mission is saving a single dog, one particular lifetime at a time. We have truly absent into the shelters when we have been instructed there is a doggy that desires us. We have gotten there and the puppy was in the euthanasia place and the tech was standing there, finding ready to place the needle in. That’s rather close. That has happened several situations. We send out what we get in touch with ‘whiskers.’ ‘Whiskers’ are persons who come in to animal shelters, at their ask for, and whisk absent individuals animals that were being in hazard of getting euthanized.”

Continuing, Pressnall stated, “They have one point in widespread and that is that neither their mom or their father has been sterilized. They have not been spayed or neutered. That is the reason for this overpopulation and this useless killing of superb canine and cats all throughout the state.”

Small Paws has paid out for medical procedures to lengthen and boost the lives of bichons, including a person thrown from a shifting car or truck in Chicago 4 many years ago. A lot more not long ago, with the blessing of Small Paws Rescue, a vet in Dallas successfully taken out a problematic mass from the spinal wire of a little doggy.

“We are the types who do the unexpected emergency surgeries they say simply cannot be completed, and somehow we have miracles taking place,” Pressnall claimed.

“We even place our initial pacemaker in a bichon this 12 months.”

Then: Pacemaker. Now: Playmaker.

Pressnall mentioned she is seeking ahead to Powder Puff’s physical appearance in Pup Bowl XIX, but you in no way know what’s heading to stop up on the cutting space flooring. Whilst on site during a extended day of filming, Powder Puff was “interviewed” for a business.

“They experienced an interviewer there who asked thoughts — like soccer queries,” Pressnall reported. “We did not say something, but they held a microphone up to our dog’s mouth, and I’m sure anything has been dubbed in that is probably going to be sweet.”

Now a celeb, Powder Puff almost encountered other celebs.

“The day ahead of we were there, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg ended up there, so we just missed them,” Pressnall explained “It was even now a really superior experience.”