Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Local Alum to Compete for MVP: Most Valuable Puppy

A coonhound from Pittsburgh’s Animal Friends shelter will appear on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV.




photo via animal friends facebook 
 

While it’s still unclear if the Steelers will be playing on Super Bowl Sunday, we can guarantee at least one athlete from Pittsburgh will play in a football game that day.

Animal Friends alumnus Dak, a treeing walker coonhound formerly known as Aquaman, will play in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV. The Puppy Bowl, a football game featuring 90 pups from shelters around the country, airs each year opposite the Super Bowl. All of the featured animals, including those in the “kitty halftime show,” are available for adoption.

The crew at Animal Friends heard about the Puppy Bowl submissions several months ago and thought Aquaman might be the perfect fit. He was renamed Dak after being selected for the program for copyright reasons.

"We could not pass up the chance to have one of our residents be a part of Puppy Bowl," says Animal Friends communications director Shannon Tremblay. "We knew our chances had to be slim because of how many shelters there are across the country who had adorable pups. And, we could only submit one puppy to be considered – talk about a tough decision." 

  
photos courtesy animal planet and animal friends
 

Ultimately Dak made the cut after a photo shoot with all of his littermates. His photos came out the best, so he was the pup submitted for Puppy Bowl consideration. 

"We were all very anxious to find out if our boy made it in – and when the email came through that he was chosen we were almost in disbelief," says Tremblay. "We were excited beyond belief."

Dak traveled with an Animal Friends staff member to New York City in September to film the show, which is pre-taped. 

After returning back home, Dak was adopted by a family from the Carrick area in October. 

Watch Dak compete for “Most Valuable Puppy,” among other honors, on Feb. 4 on Animal Planet.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

House of the Week: Custom Built Contemporary on Nine Acres

This Marshall Township home, built with commercial grade construction and materials, has plenty of room both inside and out.

Local Business Owner Pays it Forward

Ed Meyer overcame challenges with the help of others — now he gives back to those in the same situation.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2018

Pittsburgh’s medical lifesavers rated by their peers, including anesthesiologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, surgeons, urologists & many more.

How Pittsburgh is Advancing the Care for the Young

Meet four physicians making breakthroughs in medical care to improve the lives of Pittsburgh’s children and adolescents.

‘Conversations’: 8 Interesting People Revive a Lost Art

We sit down with hockey coaches, college students, farmers and the mayors of two cities to see what they had to say.

Restaurant Review: Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette is a Sweet Success

Becca Hegarty’s establishment in Bloomfield blends contemporary sourcing with old-fashioned community for a simple yet satisfying neighborhood restaurant.

Avalanche of Info. Shouldn’t Confuse Steelers’ Draft Aspirations

The Steelers could choose a Hercules, a bouncer or a guy with a big butt that he can “anchor,” but can any of them catch a javelin?

After a Decade of Fun, A Strong Avengers Goes Dark

A spoiler-free review of "Avengers: Infinity War."

Watch: Boujee the French Bulldog Breaks Free

Juju Smith-Schuster’s dog makes some sweet aerial moves to get out of its cage.

A Bitter Pennsylvania Rivalry Is the Focus of a New Movie

Few questions spark such intense debate as “Wawa or Sheetz?” A local filmmaker hopes to answer which regional chain reigns supreme.

Kraft Heinz Squeezes Out New Ketchup with Vintage Taste

Can a recipe from 1896 still taste as good?

Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

The Junior League of Pittsburgh's Show House is a 112-year-old mansion featuring 28 rooms decorated by a different local design professionals.

Today’s Home Relocating North Hills Furniture Store

Owner Jeff Lenchner says a Discount Tire store will open in place of the store’s current location along McKnight Road in Ross Township.

Is Gabby Barrett the Next Carrie Underwood?

The 18-year-old singer from Munhall wowed the “American Idol” judges once again.

17 Vintage Photos of the Steel City of Old

Take a trip back to a very different Pittsburgh.

These Creative Couples Transformed the Traditional Guestbook

Find out why these couples ditched the traditional guestbook and instead chose a drum head, a giant wooden letter and a dictionary for their guests to sign.

PIT Turns to CMU to Make Airport Smartest in the World

The airport authority will use minds at CMU to discover ways to make it easier for passengers to get from the terminal’s parking lots to their seat on the plane.