DENVER - The road to the Puppy Bowl goes through Denver as three snugly puppies from the Dumb Friends League get ready to compete in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XII.
Lots of puppies work hard, but only few of the adoptable contenders are picked for the roster, and in 2016, it's Riley, Moose and Ollie. Moose and Ollie will play for Team Fluff and Riley will play for Team Ruff.
Here are the local players at a glance:
RILEY (Team Ruff):
STATS: Riley is 3-month-old Dachshund and weighs in at 7.2 pounds.
Riley was drafted as a last-minute substitution and has had a stunning rookie season. The Dumb Friends League says he was the first puppy to poop on the field, giving him a successful "No. 2" point conversion, making him endearing to fans nationwide. You can follow Riley on Instagram @RileytheDoxie.
MOOSE (Team Fluff)
STATS: Moose is a 3-month-old Poodle mix and weighs in at 2.54 pounds.
Shy-but-determined Moose went from living an uncertain life to finding himself traveling to New York to compete in Puppy Bowl XII, a dream-come-true for the once-neglected puppy. He came to the Dumb Friends League as part of a large neglect case from southeastern Colorado. He was quickly signed to the pros and trains by going for three-mile walks with his teammate brother, Bob the Poodle.
OLLIE (Team Fluff)
STATS: Ollie is a 4-month-old Poodle mix and weighs in at 2.75 pounds.
Curious Ollie had a rough start after being rescued from a neglect case in southeastern Colorado, but turned his life around after arriving at the Dumb Friends League. Ollie's athletic prowess and all-around good looks got him discovered by scouts at the DFL and he was drafted as a first-round Puppy Bowl XII pick.
Cheer on your favorite puppy during Puppy Bowl XII, which airs on Animal Planet Feb. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. local time. There is also a Kitty Halftime show, adoption success stories, and analysis and commentary from expert correspondents.
The DFL is among 44 shelters and rescue groups who participate in Puppy Bowl XII.
Editor's Note: These Denver cuties have all been adopted, but there are plenty of pets that need homes. Learn more about adoptable animals from the DDFL here: http://www.ddfl.org/.
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