Indiana dog chosen out of hundreds of applicants to compete in ‘Puppy Bowl’

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(February 7, 2016) – If you’re not into watching football on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s always the Puppy Bowl!

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl is a Super Bowl Sunday staple, and this year an Indiana dog got in the action!

Scout, an Australian Shepherd mix, was one of 80 puppies selected out of hundreds of applicants from across the country to compete in the Puppy Bowl.

Scout’s journey to puppy stardom began last fall when she was abandoned with her mother and her six littermates.

Sadly, Scout’s mother passed away, but PAAWS No-Kill Animal Rescue (Proving All Animals Are Worth Saving) in Newburgh was able to save all of the puppies.

Director of PAAWS Martha Wertz saw something special in Scout and knew she would be perfect for the Puppy Bowl. So she submitted her as an applicant to the Puppy Bowl in late fall.

Scout and one of her littermates were adopted by the Pemberton family out of Lynnville, Indiana shortly after her application was submitted to compete in the Puppy Bowl. When PAAWS found out a short time later that Scout was picked by Animal Planet to compete in the Puppy Bowl, the Pemberton family leant Scout back to PAAWS so they could help train her.

PAAWS is very proud of Scout, and they’re very grateful for the positive attention it has brought to their small rescue center.

Additionally, PAAWS is happy to say that all of Scout’s littermates have been adopted! But the rescue center will be at PetSmart on February 13 and 14 if you’re looking for a furry friend of your own!

If you want to help save more lives like Scout, you can find more information at

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