BOWLING GREEN — Tattoo, Prancer and Tanya will compete for the attention of people who want an alternative to Super Bowl XLVI.
The three puppies have Kentucky ties and will be featured in Puppy Bowl VIII, which airs at 3 p.m. EST Sunday on Animal Planet.
The show will feature more than 50 puppies that will display their cuteness on a miniature football field known as Animal Planet Stadium. According to Animal Planet's Web site, this year will feature a cast of supporting animals, including Meep the Bird and the piggy pep squad.
The stars of Puppy Bowl have all been rescued from animal shelters across the United States. Tattoo and Prancer came from the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, and Tanya is from the Green River Animal Shelter in Columbia.
Deana Wehr, rescue and transport manager at the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, said Aussie-poodle mix siblings Tattoo and Target arrived at the shelter July 21.
"They were found as strays," she said. "They were tiny when they came in, and we couldn't adopt them out, so we put them in foster care."
Although they were only 11/2 pounds each, they made up for their size in other ways, Wehr said.
"The smaller they are, the bigger their personalities," she said, laughing.
Prancer, a female Shih Tsu mix, arrived at and left the humane society in one day — Sept. 22. Tattoo and Target left Aug. 6. All three were transported to the Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue in Gouldsboro, Pa. The shelter received an email that Animal Planet was looking for participants for Puppy Bowl.
"We had to take a picture next to a soda can so they could judge the size," said Katie Scott, owner of Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue. "They were looking for fuzzy puppies."
Tattoo, Prancer and Tanya, who had arrived in Pennsylvania by that time, were chosen and went to New York City.
"Tattoo was interviewed by Jill Rappaport on the Today show," Scott said.
Puppy Bowl was filmed in October, but Scott said no one knows the outcome.
"They don't release anything," she said. "We're throwing a Puppy Bowl party."
All the puppies have been adopted, Scott said.
"They were too tiny to be spayed and neutered, weightwise," she said. "They have to be over 31/2 pounds to be spayed and neutered, so they stayed until they were neutered. I don't allow puppies to go home without being spayed and neutered."
Scott said she is proud that the puppies were chosen for Puppy Bowl. She enjoys working with the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society.
"They do a fantastic job. They transport the animals north," she said. "They do an exemplary job on vetting and transport. They are one of the nicest shelters to work with."