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Meet the adoptable dogs in the game

Let’s get ready to cuddle!

Puppy Bowl 2021 kicks off Sunday ahead of this year’s (likely) snoozer of a human Super Bowl 2021. Tom Brady, Gronk, Antonio Brown? Who are they even? The real players to watch this year are Aaron Pawdgers, George Kibble, a two-legged pooch named Jett and the many other adorable faces of this year’s puppy players.

The big game, now in its 17th year, is dedicated to inspiring and adoptable dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and personalities. Speaking of dogs, Snoop Dogg and his best pal Martha Stewart will be hosting this year.

The event will see teams Ruff and Fluff go paw-to-paw in a fur-filled melee for the “Lombarky” trophy. Last year, it was Team Fluff, making Team Ruff the real underdogs this year.

The big game will be led by ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele, with help from animal advocates Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network star Duff Goldman. “Rufferee” Dan Schachner will be joining the game for the 10th year in a row. Plus, a crew of cuddly kitties will entertain viewers with paw-some performances.

Before that, a pregame show featuring fans’ favorite sports correspondents, Rodt Weiler, James Hound, Sheena Inu and field reporters Brittany Spaniel and Herman Shepard, will share Puppy Bowl insights that only a dog could deliver.

The ulti-“mutt” pregame show airs at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, but the real “ruff” housing begins at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7. Fur-tunately there are two ways to watch — on the Discovery+ app and the Animal Planet network.

Here are some of the standout good boys and girls, plus the rest of the pack, in the starting lineup of Puppy Bowl 2021.

Team Fluff

Aaron Pawdgers

Aaron Pawgers, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This treeing walker coonhound/American Staffordshire terrier mix from Last Chance Animal Rescue will hopefully live up to his name.

Aubrey

Aubrey, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

You can tell just by looking at her: This American Staffordshire terrier/Australian terrier mix from Danbury Animal Welfare Society is in it to win it.

Bananaberry

Bananaberry, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

What wonder is a Bananaberry? In this case, it’s an Australian cattle dog/golden retriever from Operation Paws for Homes.

Chunky Monkey

Chunky Monkey, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Chunky Monkey, a chow chow/Irish red and white setter mix has built-in padding, perfect for a game-winning tackle. The Chunk comes from Green Dogs Unleashed.

Foxy Cleopatra

Foxy Cleopatra, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

And she’s a whole lotta dog! This Russell terrier/bichon frisé from the Sato Project looks quick as a fox.

Jett

Jett, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Meet Jett, a double front amputee Labrador mix from Pets With Disabilities in Maryland, who is prepping for the big game with regular jaunts along the countryside with his fellow special needs cat and dog companions.

Marshall

Marshall, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Another one of the special needs pooches in the game, this Boston terrier from Green Dogs Unleashed is training to be a therapy dog, where at a local hospital, he will provide a group of COVID emergency room nurses with a much-needed mental break in the midst of the pandemic.

Fozzie

Fozzie, Team FluffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This Foster Dogs Inc. Norwegian elkhound got his first ever grooming from Harlem Doggie Day Spa in advance of the big game.

Here’s the rest of Team Fluff’s lineup

Yogi, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Tucker, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Tony, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Ray, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Sasha, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Sonic, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Theodore, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Pippa, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Pacific, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Moo, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Minnie, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Mary Anne, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Michael, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Milky Way, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Jiffy, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Jay, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

James, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Hanson, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Hank, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Glimmer, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Oliver, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Ginkgo, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Erica, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Chip, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Beliveau, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Ariel, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Aubrey, Team Fluff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

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Team Ruff

Argos

Argos, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

You just know this Belgian Malinois/American Staffordshire terrier from Rescue Dogs Rock is bringing his A-game.

Cosmo

Cosmo, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This Australian cattle dog from Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue loves the feeling of wind in his ears.

Eclipse

Eclipse, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose. This Siberian Husky/Shar-Pei from MatchDog Rescue has a vision for winning.

Fletcher

Fletcher, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This American Staffordshire terrier/beagle may look sleepy but… they give awards for that too at the Puppy Bowl.

Gus

Gus, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Gus may be just a little guy, but this beagle/cocker spaniel from Danbury Animal Welfare Society brings a big swagger to his game.

Lucy

 

Lucy, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This beagle/bluetick coonhound looks like she’s about to pull a fast one. Watch out!

Spaulding

Spaulding, Team RuffAnimal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

This hairless terrier from Dog Star Rescue passes the vibe check.

Check out the rest of the Team Ruff lineup

Xena, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Vinnie, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Todd Furly, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Tina, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Peaches, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Rumor, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Stitch, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Tank, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Paulie, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Patrick, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Nutty Coconut, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Muffin / George Kibble, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Hope, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Hunter, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Lee, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Lionel, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Gizmo, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Duke, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Duke, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Cream, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Bluey, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Coltrane, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Comet, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Athena, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Archer, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

Apollo, Team Ruff Animal Planet / Elias Weiss Frie

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