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Two Westchester Puppies Are the MVPs of Discovery’s “Puppy Bowl”

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Photos by Elias Weiss Friedman; courtesy of discovery+ | Animal Planet

Paws Crossed Animal Rescue alumni Yogi and Bailey help raise awareness for pet adoptions on Team Ruff and Team Fluff in 2021’s football alternative.

There are “good boys” and then there are boys (and girls) so good they deserve the MVP — “Most Valuable Puppy” — award.

This year, you’ll get to watch two rescues adopted through Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford, Yogi and Bailey (formerly “Nutty Coconut”), duke it out for Team Fluff and Team Ruff, respectively, in Discovery’s annual three-hour human football alternative, the Puppy Bowl.

Yogi, Team Fluff 2021

“Yogi was actually born here at Paws Crossed,” says Julie Porter, the Business & Development Director at the rescue. “His mother, Sadie, arrived at PCAR (after we received a plea to take in a heavily pregnant dog) and, two days later, Yogi and his five ‘bear cub’ siblings were born.”

As the litter grew to an adoptable age (and were spayed/neutered), all six pups and mom are now in loving homes, ready to watch Yogi ham it up in Puppy Bowl XVII.

Bailey, "Nutty Coconut" of Team Ruff

Bailey, originally named “Nutty Coconut” — we’re assuming for her color but possibly also her personality — arrived at Paws Crossed at just 10 days old, along with her seven “Ice Cream Pup” siblings and mother, Baskin Robbins. All nine are likewise now resting comfortably in their forever homes, ready to watch the big game and its famed Kitty Halftime Show.

Those wishing to help make a difference in the lives of Westchester’s four-legged residents can apply to adopt or foster a pet in need of a loving home. During the pandemic, the rescue is closed to the public; however, adoptions are being conducted by appointment. You can also apply to be a volunteer post-pandemic.

The Puppy Bowl Pre-Game Show starts at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 7 on Discovery and the Discovery+ app. This year’s show will include appearances by celebrities like Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli, and Duff Goldman, with Internet sensation girl group Boys World performing the national anthem.

Will one of Westchester’s stars take home the MVP award? Tune in for the excitement. (Just try not to make a mess on the carpet.)