‘Tailen Hurts’ among 19 Delaware Valley rescue pups competing in Puppy Bowl 2023

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On Sunday, Feb. 12, Puppy Bowl XIX will feature 19 dogs from animal rescue organizations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. (Animal Planet)

The Delaware Valley will be heavily represented on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl XVII.

Hours before kickoff, the stakes will be lower. The players will be cuter. And there will be enough ear pulls, tail tugs, and sloppy kisses to go around.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the original “call-to-adoption” TV event returns: Puppy Bowl XIX.

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Featuring 67 shelters and rescue organizations from 34 states, the event boasts 122 puppy players going paw-to-paw as they vie for the Chewy “Lombarky” trophy.

Team Ruff looks to unseat the reigning Puppy Bowl champs, Team Fluff, after their razor-thin 73-69 win in 2022.

Among this year’s players are 19 dogs from eight animal rescue organizations from across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

In Philly’s suburbs, Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue in Bucks County and Providence Animal Center in Delaware County will send three pups between them.

From Philadelphia proper will be two dogs from Second Chances Rescue. A dog from Wet Nose Rescue, whose adoption center is located in Philly’s Somerton neighborhood but which serves the greater Philadelphia region, will also be in the mix.

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Representing the Garden State will be pups from Match Dog Rescue in Burlington County and Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue in Atlantic County.

Brandywine Valley SPCA, and Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue, whose work spans the Delaware Valley, will also have pups competing.

None of the competitors will be in the starting lineup, but Philly’s never let its underdog status get in the way of a good time.

Who’s playing

Here’s a look at the Delaware Valley dogs who will be competing in this year’s showdown:

Daisy the dog poses for a portrait
Daisy, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Brandywine Valley SPCA. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Daisy | Team Ruff
Brandywine Valley SPCA

Ireland the dog poses for a portrait
Ireland, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Brandywine Valley SPCA. (Animal Planet/ The Dogist)

Ireland | Team Ruff
Brandywine Valley SPCA

Tailen Hurts the dog poses for a portrait
Tailen Hurts, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Brandywine Valley SPCA. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Tailen Hurts | Team Fluff
Brandywine Valley SPCA

Tia the dog poses for a portrait
Tia, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Brandywine Valley SPCA. (Animal Planet/ The Dogist)

Tia | Team Ruff
Brandywine Valley SPCA

Dalton the dog poses for a portrait
Dalton, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Charlie’s Crusaders. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Dalton | Team Ruff
Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Eleven the dog poses for a portrait
Eleven, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Charlie’s Crusaders. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Eleven | Team Fluff
Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Kai the dog poses for a portrait
Kai, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Charlie’s Crusaders. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Kai | Team Ruff
Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Venturi the dog poses for a portrait
Venturi, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Charlie’s Crusaders. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Venturi | Team Fluff
Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Wolfie the dog poses for a portrait
Wolfie, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Charlies Crusaders. (Animal Planet/ The Dogist)

Wolfie | Team Fluff
Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Ritz the dog poses for a portrait
Ritz, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Harley’s Haven. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Ritz | Team Ruff
Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue

Barnaby the dog poses for a portrait
Barnaby, representing Team Fluff on behalf of MatchDog Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Barnaby | Team Fluff
MatchDog Rescue

Effie the dog poses for a portrait
Effie, representing Team Ruff on behalf of MatchDog Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Effie | Team Ruff
MatchDog Rescue

Myrtle the dog poses for a portrait
Myrtle, representing Team Ruff on behalf of MatchDog Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Myrtle | Team Ruff
MatchDog Rescue

Chaos the dog poses for a portrait
Chaos, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Providence Animal Center. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Chaos | Team Ruff
Providence Animal Center

Gordon the dog poses for a portrait
Gordon, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Providence Animal Center. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Gordon | Team Fluff
Providence Animal Center

Poe the dog poses for a portrait
Poe, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Second Chances Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Poe | Team Ruff
Second Chances Rescue

Walker the dog poses for a portrait
Walker, representing Team Ruff on behalf of Second Chances Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Walker | Team Ruff
Second Chances Rescue

Dog Asiago poses for a portrait
Asiago, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Asiago | Team Fluff
Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue

Amanda the dog poses for a portrait
Amanda, representing Team Fluff on behalf of Wet Nose Rescue. (Animal Planet/The Dogist)

Amanda | Team Fluff
Wet Nose Rescue

What happens at a Puppy Bowl?

In the world of sports, the Puppy Bowl is “chaotic good.”

All sense of order and precision is off the table. Instead, be prepared to watch pups frolic, jump, fetch, and snooze their way through game day.

Beyond offering a reliable source of dopamine, the event aims to uplift shelter pets and the animal welfare organizations that work year-round to help them.

Dan Schachner will maintain his stranglehold on the best gig in television, returning for a 12th year as Puppy Bowl Rufferee.

The three-hour event will also feature segments that highlight dogs (and a few cats) who are up for adoption from 11 animal shelters across the U.S.

Puppy Bowl XIX will air on Animal Planet and stream on discovery+ starting at 2 p.m.

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