A Glen Burnie canine will be featured in one of this year's biggest championships. It's not the Super Bowl. Not even close, really. But it is much cuter.
King, a Miniature Pinscher-Shih Tzu mix formerly known as Striker, will be featured competing on Team Ruff against Team Fluff in Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl, according to Animal Planet's website.
King is one of 78 dogs from 34 rescue shelters across the country — and one of four from his former Virginia-based shelter Operation Paws for Homes — playfully competing for footballs and chew toys in the Sunday airing.
In its 13th year, the furry competition of the Puppy Bowl aims to educate viewers about the importance of adoption and responsible pet ownership, according to a Jan. 3 release from Animal Planet.
The Puppy Bowl will air Sunday, with pregame commentary from sports correspondents at 2 p.m., the main event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a special kitten halftime show.
Operation Paws for Homes, which helped King find his new home in Glen Burnie since filming the Puppy Bowl last year, according to shelter spokeswoman Jessica Goughnour, will host a local watch party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at JailBreak Brewing Co., 9445 Washington Blvd N., in Laurel. For more information, visit jailbreakbrewing.com.