Two lucky dogs from Austin playing in Puppy Bowl XII

If watching puppies wrestle and play is more of your thing than a bunch of guys trying to tackle each other, the Puppy Bowl is for you. Two pups from Austin will also make their small screen debut on Animal Planet in the twelfth annual event.

The Austin Animal Center took in Hailey, a terrier mix with a leg injury, before transferring her to Austin Pets Alive! to rehabilitate her leg.

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Poppy, the poodle mix was a lost pet at the Austin Animal Center that was never reclaimed by her owner.

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Since then, both cute pooches have found their fur-ever homes.

More than 80 pups participated in the Puppy Bowl, coming from 44 different shelters across 25 different states. There’s even a puppy from Puerto Rico.

The event brings awareness to animals in shelter or rescue groups looking to be adopted. Puppies range in age from 12 to 24 weeks and include breeds from Chihuahua to German Shepherds.

Since Hailey and Poppy are from friendly ole Texas, we’re hoping there won’t be any any ruff-ing the passer calls during the game from these two.

You might want to skip the wings if you’re watching the Puppy Bowl though. Over time, the event has included different animal species and this year’s cheerleading squad includes silky chickens.

While Coldplay and Beyonce will rock the Super Bowl halftime show, cute kittens take over the field during halftime at the Puppy Bowl.

Get a sneak peek at the animals in action by watching the video below.

Austin rescue puppy to star in “Of Mice & Men” opera

Unleash the squee’s and awww’s.

An impossibly cute rescue puppy named Squeakie has been chosen to star in Austin Opera’s upcoming production of “Of Mice & Men,” composer Carlisle Floyd’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s famous novella.

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Squeakie, a rescue puppy from Austin Pets Alive, is available for adoption — after she makes her debut with Austin Opera.

The female lab retriever mix comes to the operatic limelight courtesy of Austin Pets Alive. And yes, Squeakie is available for adoption.

“Of Mice & Men” opens Jan. 23 at the Long Center. And Squeekie will appear in one scene in Act II.

Squeakie is actually one of two canine supernumeraries in this production.  Rosie was cast in the role of Old Farm Dog after her people answered an audition call for dogs.

Rosie rehearses with tenor Corey Bix who plays Lennie. The two work out the blocking for their bunkhouse scene in Act I of “Of Mice & Men.”
Rosie rehearses with tenor Corey Bix who plays Lennie. The two work out the blocking for their bunkhouse scene in Act I of “Of Mice & Men.”

Photos courtesy of Austin Opera.

 

Austin Police K9 “Tex” to retire

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From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department and the 401K9 program, through the Greater Austin Crime Commission, would like to invite the public to celebrate the retirement of Austin Police K9, Tex, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.partner

Austin Police K9 “Tex” Retirement Ceremony
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
1-4 p.m.
Chase Bank Building, Bury, Inc.
221 W. 6th Street – 6th Floor conference room

Tex is a nine year-old Belgian Malinois and served with his partner APD Officer Patrick O’Connor from 2009-2015. He had a total of 73 arrests and served as a SWAT K9 during his active duty time. Tex’s primary function was locating and arresting suspects who had committed crimes and fled the police.