MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Did you know the Mid-South will be featured in this year’s big game?
This player isn't a member of the Chiefs or the Patriots.
Instead, Melody the puppy will be playing in the Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl.
Looking this good isn't easy.
“We have to go to the groomer’s quite often,” said her owner Ashley Moore. “Melody enjoys mud puddles. She does not enjoy baths.”
Melody has turned into a bit of a celebrity around town, all in anticipation for her role in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.
But her journey didn’t start out as glamorous. Melody and her sister were dropped off this summer at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.
“Besides being hot, they were in pretty good health,” Moore said.
Moore, who’s also the Humane Society’s Volunteer Coordinator, took the sister puppies in as foster pets.
She ended up adopting Melody, and her sister found a fur-ever home too. Then, Hollywood came knocking.
For the first time, The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County auditioned a few puppies for the Puppy Bowl.
“Melody is a little lazy,” Moore said. “She may not be boisterous enough, but it actually worked out pretty well because her calmer personality make filming much, much easier.”
Melody was chosen to travel to New York to film the Puppy Bowl this fall. But before that, Melody said thank you, thank you very much to Memphis as the Humane Society partnered with Graceland for an extra bit that will air the day of the Puppy Bowl.
“Cute little Melody goes and checks in to one of the suites at the Guesthouse, then dons her Elvis costume,” said Humane Society Director of Marketing and Development Suzanne Ray.
Melody will be featured with about 90 other shelter animals, giving a platform for the hundreds of pets in Memphis still looking for a forever home.
“Shelter animals need as much love as any animal,” Ray said.
The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County is hosting a Puppy Bowl watch party.
It will be held Sunday, Feb. 3 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Craft Republic on Sanderline Avenue.
The Puppy Bowl airs on Animal Planet at 2 p.m.