Chicago Rescue in Puppy Bowl X featuring Italian Greyhounds

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Chicago Rescue in Puppy Bowl X featuring Italian Greyhounds

We are honored to be the first Chicago Rescue picked to show off our four legged Italian Greyhound Puppies in this, the 10th, annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl X show.  It is about time Animal Planet featured a few slender, long legged, big chested, skinny waist pups!  There will be not one, but two Italian greyhound rescues from ROMP Italian greyhound Rescue running the field and playing with the pigskins this year, meet Taser and Sharpie. #TeamTaser #TeamSharpie #AnimalPlanet #PuppyBowl #Puppybowl2014 #PuppyBowlX IMG_8797 As the story goes, ROMP Italian Greyhound Rescue saved a 10 year old puppy mill mama in May 2013.  After a few weeks in rescue, Kai (the name we gave the puppy mill survivor) started to look a little plump which confirmed our suspicion that she was pregnant with puppies!   We were sad to see her have to care for another litter as that is all she ever did in her 10 years at the puppy mill, but we were glad she was able to do so in our care where we had warmth, good food, vets and lots of love to surround her. Then, on a early summer morning, June 28, 2013 she gave birth to 4 healthy baby boy Italian Greyhound puppies that we named Taser, Sharpie, Crawford and Hossa. Yes, that was the same day the Chicago Blackhawks had their Stanley Cup parade and the Italian Greyhound puppies were named after key NHL Blackhawks hockey players in hopes that they too would find lots of success in their lives.  Little did we know how much luck and success these boys would find…

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Rescue: Taser
Age: 12 weeks old
Breed: Italian greyhound
Position: #34 in the starting line up for Puppy Bowl X
Fun Fact: He wants to drink from a fountain in Rome one day…

After they started to crawl around, Taser and Sharpie expressed an interest in football. We found this funny seeing as we named them after hockey players but without thumbs they didn’t have much hope for ever making the NHL.  We started to work with them on learning plays, catching footballs, becoming a fast runner and mastering the art of the tackle. Luckily for us, this came easy to them seeing that’s all puppies ever do (as long as your football has a squeaker in it).  We didn’t know if they could handle the pressure if they made the team, but we obliged and submitted them to be considered for the Puppy Bowl X game in 2014.  We were excited but not nearly as excited as they were when they found out they were indeed chosen. It was not stop jumping and barking for weeks until the filming day! It goes to show that no matter how small, skinny, or young you are – with enough practice you too can make the Puppy Bowl if you try hard enough (and you’re a pup).

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Rescue: Sharpie
Age: 12 weeks old
Breed: Italian greyhound
Position: #21 in the Puppy Bowl X backups
Fun Fact: Loves to pull all the toilet paper off the roll

You can catch Italian Greyhound puppy rescues, Taser and Sharpie, on the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl X field later this year. It airs on the Animal Planet channel February 2, 2014 at 3pm pst/est or 2pm cst.  Remember, vote #TeamTaser or #TeamSharpie for viewers choice MVP and check back at for more on their adoption stories: and 

A photo story of Taser & Sharpie, our rescues playing in the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl X… from birth to Puppy Bowl and beyond! Warning: excessive cuteness!

Just when you thought Puppy Bowl couldn’t get any better, the 10th anniversary Puppy Bowl X is making things interesting!

  • Puppy Bowl first-ever fantasy draft, where fans can view profiles of 11 all-star players and create your team of fierce and fuzzy competitors in advance of the big game. Then on the big day, fantasy leaguers can keep track of how their athletic fur balls are doing with live stat updates on screen and a leaderboard online.  Check back to see information on all 66 puppy players that are taking part in the big day!
  • MVP Interactive Voting: visit on game day to vote for the top pups having the most impact on the field. At 3 PM (ET), the poll goes live, and viewers will directly affect a new ending of each broadcast by helping crown the MVP. Team Taser and Team Sharpie for MVP!!!
  • At the end of the game they will let you know where your favorite pooches are now (you may see some recognizable ROMP forever families, cough-cough).  Life After Puppy Bowl will look at some lucky Puppy Bowl players and their new adult lives. And in Pup Close and Personal, they will follow select players (hmmm… perhaps Taser and Sharpie) home for an inside look on their journey to the grand gridiron!
  • Instagram Your Photos from your PUPPY BOWL parties with hashtag #puppybowl all night long for a chance to see yourselves and your best friends on TV in real time! Arooo!!!

You can join us at Chicago’s Deuces and Diamonds (3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657) on February 2, 2014 for the official ROMP Rescue Puppy Bowl viewing party where you can meet the local Chicago Italian Greyhound Puppy Bowl stars, get pictures with them, get their pawtograph, take part in raffles and giveaways, and watch the four legged fur balls compete in an epic puppy bowl show down.  Puppy Bowl starts at 2pm so you’ll have plenty of time to make your Super Bowl Party or feel free to stay after and watch it with us!

If you can’t make our viewing party, tune in to Animal Planet and watch them from home! If you use Twitter, post photos with @AnimalPlanet #PuppyBowl and maybe they’ll show your pictures on air too! puppy bowl x, house party, vip party, puppy bowl, animal planet Like us on Facebook to receive updates on our rescue stories: If you are media looking to contact us regarding our involvement in the Puppy Bowl, to learn more about our rescue, or someone looking to arrange a rescue meet & greet or fundraiser:

A Chicago featuring Sharpie on Fox News in Chicago

A clip featuring Taser on Comedy Central’s @Midnight show

A Sneak Peek clip of Sharpie vs Ginger as was shown on Entertainment Weekly

Taser & Sharpie make NBC News in Chicago!

Taser & Sharpie and their forever mama’s talk to WLS 890am

Taser makes his Super Bowl pick… kind of…

NBC Chicago Nightly News story about Taser & Sharpie in the Puppy Bowl




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Articles in the RedEye talking about our Puppy Bowl Italian Greyhound players and our game day viewing party in Wrigleyville!

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