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Tale of the Tape: Team Fluff vs. Team Ruff

Introducing the 2022 Puppy Bowl starting lineups and the rescue organizations they’re representing.

by Sean Zucker
January 19, 2022
A dog posing with one eye.
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With the first round of the NFL playoffs in the books, we’re four weeks away from the big game: the yearly tradition of two teams featuring some of our best athletes colliding for the crown. No, not the Super Bowl. Rather, its cuter counterpart — the Puppy Bowl. For the past 17 years, the Puppy Bowl has been an adorable refuge from the often chaotic and intense nature of Super Bowl Sunday. Airing earlier in the day before its human parallel, the game includes exclusively shelter puppies and is intended to raise awareness of the importance of adopting from rescues and the prevalence of pets abandoned in them. Organizations from across the states volunteer pups for this cuddly competition so you can watch 50-plus dogs tumble over each other while supporting a decent cause. These are the dogs (and their rescues) taking the field this year in the annual showdown between Team Fluff and Team Ruff. 

Puppy Bowl XVIII airs Sunday, February 13th at 2 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.

Team Fluff

Baxter puppy bowl
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Baxter / Florida Little Dog Rescue

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Benny / Bosley’s Place

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Blondie / Providence Animal Center

Birch puppybowl
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Birch / Ninna’s Road to Rescue

bunny puppy bowl
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Bunny / Green Dogs Unleashed

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Chorizo / Paws Crossed

Cooper Pupp
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Cooper Pupp / Angel City Pit Bulls

Dinozzo
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Dinozzo / Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue

Firework puppybowl
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Firework / Helen Woodward Animal Center

Forrest puppy bowl
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Forrest / Brandywine Valley SPCA

glaze puppy bowl
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Glaze / Green Dogs Unleashed

Heidi puppy bowl
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Heidi / Virginia Beach SPCA

Irwin puppy bowl
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Irwin / The Sato Project

Kali puppy bowl
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Kali / Lifeline Puppy Rescue

kirby puppy bowl
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Kirby / America’s VetDogs

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Mallorie / Rescue City

Mario puppy bowl
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Mario /  The Sato Project

Mr. Tinkles puppy bowl
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Mr. Tinkles / Shih Tzu & Furbabies Rescue 

Nugget PB
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Nugget / Florida Little Dog Rescue

pudding puppy bowl
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Pudding / Rutland County Humane Society

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Raspberry / Shaggy Dog Rescue

Rob Gronchowski PB
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Rob Gronchowski / Love My Pitties Rescue

Sammie puppy bowl
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Sammie / Virginia Beach SPCA

Sky puppy bowl
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Sky / ROAR Animal Rescue

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Squeak / Florida Little Dog Rescue

Wasabi puppy bowl
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Wasabi / The Sato Project

Wes puppy bowl
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Wes / The Sato Project

Ziggy puppy bowl
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Ziggy / Rescue City

Team Ruff

Aspen
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Aspen / Operation Paws for Home

Banjo
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Banjo / Rescue City

Biff
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Biff /  Last Chance Animal Rescue  

Billie
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Billie / Compassion Kind

Bimini
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Bimini / Orange Twins Rescue

Cannon
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Cannon / Save An Angel

Chorizo
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Conchita / Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Ellington
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Ellington / Shaggy Dog Rescue

Emmylou
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Emmylou /  The Anti-Cruelty Society

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Hoku / Maui Humane Society

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Jackson / Muddy Paws Rescue

Lucy puppy bowl
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Lucy / Rescue City

lulu puppy bowl
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Lulu / Pack Leaders Rescue of CT

Luna puppy bowl
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Luna / Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS)

Maisie puppy bowl
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Maisie / Compassion Kind

Maribel puppy bowl
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Maribel / East Greenwich Animal Protection League (EGAPL)

Missy Puppy bowl
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Missy / Providence Animal Center

Moby puppy bowl
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Moby / Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue

Noir puppy bowl
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Noir / Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue

Ocean puppy bowl
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Ocean / Matchdog Rescue

Odin
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Odin / Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

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Pongo / Green Dogs Unleashed

Pops puppy bowl
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Pops / Center for Animal Health and Welfare (CAHW)

Ridley
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Ridley / Green Dogs Unleashed

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Scotty / Matchdog Rescue

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Snowball / Wagmor Pets

Surf puppy bowl
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Surf / Miami-Dade County Animal Services

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Tayce / Orange Twins Rescue

Ted D. Bear
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Ted D. Bear / Florida Little Dog Rescue

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker is an editor at The Wildest whose work has also been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He recently adopted a Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and behavioral issues rival his own.