Puppy Bowl XVIII: Dog from Butler County is on Team Ruff

Odell Barkham, a dog from Hamilton, Ohio, appeared on Puppy Bowl 18 on the Animal Planet network. CONTRIBUTED

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Odell Barkham, a dog from Hamilton, Ohio, appeared on Puppy Bowl 18 on the Animal Planet network. CONTRIBUTED

Two teams of adoptable dogs were on the Puppy Bowl XVIII gridiron Sunday, proving they have what it takes to entertain and delight their potential future owners.

Hosted by coaches Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, the match on Animal Planet, featured two teams — Team Fluff and Team Ruff. When the show opened, Stewart, holding a dog named Buttons, said many of the dogs featured in the show were in need of FUR-ever homes.

Odell Barkham, representing Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, made his appearance in the third quarter, playing for Team Ruff. The dog received many votes from fans in the Pupularity Playoffs on Animal Planet’s website.

Odell Barkham is a beagle/chow chow mix and is already adopted, officials with AFHS said.

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The Animal Friends Humane Society announced that they are participating in the 6th annual Puppy Bowl. Odell Barkham is representing Animal Friends Humane Society and will be joining his teammates on Team Ruff to compete again Team Fluff for the Chewy “Lombarky” trophy at the GEICO stadium on Feb. 13. CONTRIBUTED

The Animal Friends Humane Society announced that they are participating in the 6th annual Puppy Bowl. Odell Barkham is representing Animal Friends Humane Society and will be joining his teammates on Team Ruff to compete again Team Fluff for the Chewy “Lombarky” trophy at the GEICO stadium on Feb. 13. CONTRIBUTED

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The Animal Friends Humane Society announced that they are participating in the 6th annual Puppy Bowl. Odell Barkham is representing Animal Friends Humane Society and will be joining his teammates on Team Ruff to compete again Team Fluff for the Chewy “Lombarky” trophy at the GEICO stadium on Feb. 13. CONTRIBUTED

Today’s Puppy Bowl included the national anthem, with dogs staying well-behaved during the music.

The winning team in today’s game received the Chewy Lombarky trophy.

Dr. Jill Biden, the nation’s first lady, spoke at the beginning of the Puppy Bowl to wish folks a Happy Valentine’s Day and encourage pet adoption.

To adopt one of the dogs in today’s match, visit puppybowl.com/adopt.

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Animal Planet network hosted a Puppy Bowl at 2 p.m. Eastern Feb. 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTED

Animal Planet network hosted a Puppy Bowl at 2 p.m. Eastern Feb. 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTED

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Animal Planet network hosted a Puppy Bowl at 2 p.m. Eastern Feb. 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTED