Salem Dog Takes Center Stage in the Annual Puppy Bowl

On February 7th, many people will be glued to their television sets, rooting for their favorite team in the annual Super Bowl. But many others will be watching another kind of contest-the annual Puppy Bowl. And this year, a Salem dog is part of the lineup.

Marshall is a 7-month-old deaf Boston Terrier who lives with Chris and Christina Lee of Salem and their five other dogs.

Christina Lee says her non-profit group, Deaf Dogs Rock, sponsored Marshall into a partner rescue group Green Dogs Unleashed in Troy, Virginia.

“A person purchased him from a breeder to give to her elderly mom but he was to much puppy for them and when they realized he was deaf they let him go to Green Dogs Unleashed. He had an adopter lined up but when I heard the adoption fell through Chris and I applied to adopt him.”

It was through Green Dogs Unleashed that Marshall was invited to this year’s Puppy Bowl.

“Every year Erika with Green Dogs Unleashed sends anywhere from two to five special needs puppies to the Puppy Bowl. She sends in their profiles to Puppy Bowl's casting directors and they pick out which puppies are approved to play.”

Lee says because of the pandemic only New York volunteers arranged through the rescue were able to handle the puppies for their appearance during filming in that state.

She hopes this will showcase special needs dogs everywhere and perhaps bring some recognition to Deaf Dogs Rock.

“I'm not sure Deaf Dogs Rock will be mentioned because it was before we adopted Marshall that all of this was arranged. They are doing a follow up story on Marshall's adoption story.”