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

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.

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.