Sunday may be Super Bowl day, but it also happens to be Puppy Bowl day, and one of this year’s competitors came from the Humane Society of Greater Nashua.
Lilah, who was 14 weeks old at the time the Puppy Bowl was filmed, is competing as a “back up pup” for Team Ruff. (No. 29 in their lineup.)
Each year, the Animal Planet event features adoptable puppies from various shelters throughout the country. The puppies compete on two teams – Team Ruff and Team Fluff – for the Chewy “Lombarky” Trophy, according to a news release from the Humane Society. Set on Super Bowl Sunday, the pre-game show begins on Animal Planet at 2 p.m. with the game scheduled for 3 p.m.
While Lilah has since been adopted into her forever home, she was born to one of the dogs rescued from a hoarding situation in Bradford, N.H. Back in June, 52 dogs and 53 puppies were taken in by the Humane Society of Greater Nashua and the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County.
Four of the dogs taken in by the Humane Society were pregnant, and gave birth to 31 puppies total, according to Chuck Mattia, the Humane Society’s assistant director of development and marketing.
Prior to the Puppy Bowl filming in October, Animal Planet reached out to the Humane Society to see if it had any puppies that might be up for the competition, Mattia said. The organization is an official Puppy Bowl Shelter, Mattia said.
“She showed some interest, some energy,” Mattia told Boston.com, noting that Lilah is a “second stringer.”
The Humane Society is hosting its own viewing party. Lilah is planned to be there, along with her forever family, Mattia said. Of the dogs taken in from that hoarding case, two remain up for adoption – Johnny and Kirk. They have special adoption requirements.
Lilah isn’t the only area pup to be featured.
Salvadore Dolly of Provincetown, also known as the “mustache puppy,” is playing as well. Dolly is competing on Team Fluff as part of the starting lineup, according to her profile on Animal Planet. (She’s No. 13 on the roster.)
For those hoping to see multiple puppies in person, a Parade of Puppies is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday at Marina Bay boardwalk in Quincy. The event also endeavors to raise money for the Quincy Animal Shelter, according to a news release. The Victory Point Puppy Bowl will follow, which will rally in support of the state’s proposed “puppy mill bill,” a law that if passed would ban the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops.