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Colorado puppies take the field in 2022 Puppy Bowl

Sara B. Hansen

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By Sara B.Hansen / NewsBreak Denver

No matter which team scores the most touchdowns, the 100 puppies from 67 shelters and rescues in 33 states are the real winners at Puppy Bowl XVIII.

And four of those superstars came from Lifeline Puppy Rescue in Brighton. Two pairs of siblings competed.

Shelter volunteers took the puppies to New York to film the competition, which airs on Super Bowl Sunday on Animal Planet.

“Puppy Bowl was not only good for socializing our rescue puppies, but it will bring attention to our lifesaving work," said Casey Hampf, Lifeline Puppy Rescue fundraising director.

"This event has been so uplifting in a year where we experienced many hardships with overcrowding. We hope that our participation will bring awareness and help us save the lives of more homeless puppies and mom dogs.”

Storm and Raven were born at Lifeline Puppy Rescue after their pregnant mom Winnie was abandoned at a kill shelter. Marlo and Kali are brother and sister strays found in New Mexico.

Meet the puppies

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Kali, a Siberian Husky-German Shepherd Dog mix, plays for Team Fluff.(Courtesy Puppy Bowl)

Kali has a sweet temperament but was a fierce Puppy Bowl competitor. She loves playing and could have continued all day. Her foster family adopted Kali, and she loves the young kids in her new home.

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Storm, a Border Collie-Dachshund mix, plays for Team Fluff.(Courtesy Puppy Bowl)

Storm, now named Nellie, was the boss of her litter, and that feistiness made her a great Puppy Bowl recruit. Although she was shy at the start of the game, she quickly became more confident. She was later adopted and now lives in a Denver apartment overlooking a park.

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Marlo, a Siberian Husky-German Shepherd Dog mix, plays for Team Ruff.(Courtesy Puppy Bowl)

Marlo’s gentle but loving temperament made him the perfect Puppy Bowl cheerleader. He was timid when rescued but gradually came out of his shell. He’s since been adopted and lives with his new family and another doggy playmate.

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Raven, a Border Collie-Dachshund mix, plays for Team Ruff.(Courtesy Puppy Bowl)

Raven, now named Bella, may have been the quietest pup in her litter, but she’s also the smartest. She was shy and happy to strategize from the sidelines during the game. She was adopted in October and lives in Fort Collins, where she goes to work with her dad and is the office superstar.

Watch the game

You can watch the Lifeline puppies compete during Puppy Bowl at 4 p.m. MT on February 13 on Animal Planet or stream on Discovery+.

Want to help?

Lifeline Puppy Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill rescue that has rescued more than 44,000 puppies and dogs from high-kill and overpopulated shelters since 1993. For more information about Lifeline Puppy Rescue, visit: lifelinepuppy.org or follow their social media pages on Facebook or Instagram.

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Sara is the Denver news manager for NewsBreak. She's held editing roles at The Denver Post, The Des Moines Register, and The Fort Collins Coloradoan.

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