Chicago rescue pups take the field in Puppy Bowl X

Chicago rescue pups take the field in Puppy Bowl X
This year's Puppy Bowl X on Animal Planet features two Chicago Rescue dogs. Photo Courtesy of Business Week.

The line up is set and the big game is right around the corner. Now that we have a rooting interest in the big game February 2, all we need are the munchies and we’re set. Am I talking about the Super Bowl? No way…who needs the Broncos and Seahawks when there is Puppy Bowl X. For the first time ever a couple of Chicago rescue pups will be taking the field for the Animal Planet’s big game on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chicago stars of Puppy Bowl X

Taser and Sharpie are two dogs after my heart for a couple of reasons. First of all they are part of a litter of four born on the same day as the Blackhawks victory parade – all four puppies are named after Blackhawks. And, their momma is an Italian Greyhound rescued from a puppy mill by ROMP (Rescue Our Mill Pups) Italian Greyhound Rescue.

Taser from ROMP (Rescue Our Mill Pups) Italian Greyhound Rescue is in the Puppy Bowl.

Taser from ROMP (Rescue Our Mill Pups) Italian Greyhound Rescue is in the Puppy Bowl.

This awesome local rescue decided to enter their Blackhawks pups in for consideration for the Puppy Bowl to show their Chicago pride and get the word out about their rescue and puppy mills. What better way to get the word out about the old puppy mill issue than with Taser and Sharpie running the ball!

Here is their truly heartwarming story. ROMP had rescued a 10-year-old female dog they named Kia from a puppy mill back in May. Shortly after the rescue, it was discovered that she was pregnant. Although poor Kia had spent her whole life breeding and caring for pups, the good news was that at least this time, her brood would be born in a loving home and everyone would get happy endings here.

Kia gave birth to Taser, Sharpie, Crawford and Hossa on June 28 – the same day as the fellows with the same name were partying in Grant Park celebrating the Blackhawks' second Stanley Cup. All four of those players were key Blackhawks in the latest championship. Little did the rescue realize that two of these cuddly pups would go on to fame and fortune (ok – just fame) in sports as well.

Sharpie may be one of the stars of the Puppy Bowl, but he's truly a diehard Blackhawks fan.

Sharpie may be one of the stars of the Puppy Bowl, but he's truly a diehard Blackhawks fan. <i>Photo courtesy of ROMP. </i>

According to the folks at ROMP, Taser and Sharpie showed a love and affinity for football from the moment they started crawling around. (OK – hockey is a bit difficult for a puppy to pull off anyway.) The rescue submitted their names to the folks at Animal Planet for consideration in Puppy Bowl X.

It was belly rubs all over when the boys were selected for the big game – which has already been filmed. Even better news – both dogs have already found their forever home and they’ve been making the rounds on the local media tour lately to help promote the big game. You can Tweet #TeamTaser or #TeamSharpie for viewers choice MVP during the game.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Puppy Bowl, it’s the fun and frolicking event featuring puppies on a tiny football field. It airs at 2 p.m. Chicago time on Super Bowl Sunday. The only thing cuter than the fun loving pups chasing after a football or dog toy trying to score is the half time show – cuddly kittens with the Keyboard Cat as the headliner (and Penguin Cheerleaders).One of our favorite Internet cats - Lil' Bub - is providing commentary during the big event.

Puppy Bowl has gone to the cats. Along with the kitten halftime show, Keyboard Cat will star in the halftime show and Lil Bub will provide commentary.Photo Courtesy of MNN.

Puppy Bowl has gone to the cats. Along with the kitten halftime show, Keyboard Cat will star in the halftime show and Lil Bub will provide commentary.Photo Courtesy of MNN.

Other special features this year include – the first-ever Puppy Bowl fantasy draft where you may pick your own 11 players and then track their progress on game day. (There’s a total of 66 puppies taking part in this.) There’s the Interactive MVP voting and a "where are they now" feature after the game with an update on what happened to the furry stars after the Puppy Bowl. And, you may also Instagram Your Photos from your own Puppy Bowl parties - #puppybowl – for a chance to see yourselves and your friends on TV in real time!

Chicago Party

Of course, it’s not a Chicago championship sporting event without the party. Join the folks from ROMP for the official ROMP Rescue Puppy Bowl Party at Chicago’s Deuces and Diamonds at 3505 N Clark Street (just South of Wrigley) from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet Sharpie and Taser at the event. There is a pre-party at Canine Crews at 1616 North Washtenaw from 9 to 11 am to wear your pup out before the big event.

Sharpie and his family appeared on Fox News in Chicago on Friday.

Sharpie and his family appeared on Fox News in Chicago on Friday.

I have to be honest here. Since it’s been seven years since our Bears were in the big game (and I’m not holding out hope with Cutler at the helm), I think the Puppy Bowl is the best part of game day. Lots of cuddly cuteness and everyone is a winner…except the person that gets to clean up all the pet poo.

Keep an eye on Taser’s and Sharpie’s pre-game media tour on ROMP’s Facebook Page.

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