Dewey was chosen for his beautiful eyes.
Trucker was chosen for his playful personality.
Both picture-perfect puppies that were fostered in Mechanicsville will be competing Sunday in the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.
“They were such cute puppies. They all had different personalities and were unique in their markings,” said Sheila Cole, their foster mom.
She fostered the dogs for Operation Paws for Homes, a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and finds them adoptive homes.
Dewey and Trucker come from a litter of eight puppies rescued from North Carolina that Cole fostered over the summer.
Their mother’s name was Mercedes, like the luxury German car maker Mercedes-Benz.
“I decided to name all the babies after cars,” Cole said. “Trucker was the first puppy on the move, the first out of the pack. That’s why I named him Trucker.”
Dewey was originally named Chevy, short for Chevrolet. But his name had to be changed on the show due to copyright issues.
Dewey is a bloodhound mix who had crystal blue eyes as a young puppy, while Trucker has more of a tawny, brindle coat from his German shepherd and boxer background. They came from the same litter but probably had different fathers, Cole said.
She staged a photo shoot for four of the puppies posing with their four-wheeled vehicle namesakes and sent the adorable photos to the “Puppy Bowl.”
Dewey and Trucker made the cut for Team Ruff and traveled to New York to compete when they were 5 months old.
The Puppy Bowl will be featuring 90 shelter dogs from across the country on Sunday’s showdown. The goal of the show is to promote adoptions from local shelters.
“There is a 100 percent adoption rate,” a representative from Animal Planet said.
After watching the show, viewers can go online and find adoption information for each dog.
Last year, Sophie Jo, a three-legged goldendoodle from Richmond, was featured on the “Puppy Bowl.”
The year before, Doobert, a deaf English pointer who was adopted by a Goochland County family, appeared on the program
Dewey and Trucker didn’t get a lot of air time on Sunday’s pre-recorded “Puppy Bowl,” but they do make several appearances in the pre-game.
Now 8 months old, Dewey and Trucker were adopted into permanent homes, with Dewey in Baltimore and Trucker in Woodbridge.
Operation Paws for Homes has many more dogs available for adoption. All adoptable dogs are listed on the nonprofit’s website at ophrescue.org/dogs.
“The difference with Operation Paws for Homes is that we’re foster-based. We rescue dogs from high-risk situations in North and South Carolina and find them foster homes,” said Tracy McMenamy, a spokeswoman for OPH. “They aren’t raised in crates or shelters. They’re raised in homes.”
The all-volunteer organization provides pet adoption services to Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The group in the process of opening a dog sanctuary in Richmond.
“Most of the dogs we rescue are on euthanasia lists,” McMenamy said.
Cole also adopted one of the puppies from Dewey and Trucker’s litter. She’s a little German shepherd named Jeep, after Cole’s black Jeep.