The Other Puppy Bowl

I know all you dog lovers are glued to the Puppy Bowl this weekend, but there is another one that goes on every weekend at Homeward Bound!

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It comes complete with tackles,

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and unsportsmanlike conduct!

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I’ve brought you play-by-play on a couple of them. You’ll find them here and here.

Last week, I shared photos of Sybill and her sister, Kensie at our weekly puppy bowl. Our newest, and smallest additions to Kathryn’s puppy class were feeling a bit overwhelmed by the bigger dogs –

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until this weekend! Please welcome tiny Lilu!

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To look at her, you wouldn’t know that this little girl has a near-criminal past! Lilu came to us by way of a local veterinarian. She was brought in on an emergency basis – the result of an apparent larceny. It seems she pilfered her owner’s stash. She was in pretty bad shape. The owners wisely chose to surrender when presented with their options.

The vet named her “Felon,” and put in a call to us asking if we could take a Golden Retriever puppy.
We always find it humorous that a vet gets confused about dog breeds when they are hoping for a rescue. 🙂


We renamed this adorable, pint-sized offender a non-too subtle “Mary Jane.” She was with us about two minutes before she was adopted.


Her family rightly selected a new name and enrolled her in class so she can be properly socialized and get a fresh start in her rehabilitated life!

Unlike Sybill and Kensie, she was not intimidated one bit by the big dogs…

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she mixes things up and then makes a quick getaway, finding a proper hiding place!

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And happily, Sybill has found someone (almost) her own size to play with.

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All winners…no losers…in our puppy bowl!


Our Puppy Bowl

While waiting for the big game to get underway, a far more agile team took to the field. These players are not in it for fame or fortune – they just enjoy the love of play and gladly accept payment in cookies. Get your game face on –

Game Face

for the Golden Rule Training Puppy Bowl! We start by sizing up the competition…

Sizing up the Competition

accompanied by a Pregame Staredown…

Pregame Staredown

And then, Kickoff!


There he goes…Man in motion!

Man in Motion

Excuse me…Defensive Holding!

Defensive Holding

Pooch Kick…

Pooch Kick

And Punt Return!

Punt Return

Hey wait, is that a deflated ball on the field??

Deflated Ball

Let’s Huddle Up and rethink our strategy…

Huddle Up

And they’re off…

Play Action

Oh, Sack!


I do believe that is an Illegal Horsecollar Tackle! (I have no idea what that is, but my husband says “use it.”)

Illegal Horsecollar Tackle

And is that a lame attempt at Illegal Substitution?!

Illegal Substitution

Hey Ref! Unsportsmanlike Conduct on the field!

Unsportsmanslike Conduct

This game is getting out of hand. Two Minute Warning!

Two minute Warning

Special Teams. Is it just me, or is it hard to tell who’s on what team?

Special Teams

No fair, no fair…Piling On!

Piling On

Regroup: Calling an Audible

Calling an Audible

Hey, that’s what we call a Forward Pass!

Forward Pass or Ineligible Receiver or Tight End

And Fumble!


This game is rough! Intentional Grounding…

Intentional Grounding

Nose Tackle…

Nose Tackle

Chop Block…

Chop Block

Running Back…

Running Back

and Touch Down!


Did someone call a Time Out?

Time Out

Water Boy!!

Water Boy

This game was called on account of excessive cuteness…

Excessive Cuteness

Play resumes next week in puppy class!