2018 Puppy Bowl stars visit Merrimack brewery
MERRIMACK – Two puppies from this year’s Puppy Bowl visited the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack on Sunday to see themselves in action at at a Puppy Bowl Viewing Party.
Edwin, who’s name has changed to Murphy since adoption, and Iris were brought to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua through a partnership with Alamo Rescue Friends in San Antonio, Texas. They’ve since been adopted by local families after the filming of this year’s Puppy Bowl.
“We’re pleased with this opportunity for the Merrimack community to meet puppies that participated in the Puppy Bowl,” said Deb Buttemeier, supervisor of brewery experience.
It was a free event that kicked off at 2 p.m., offering visitors beer samplings, soda, snacks and the chance to meet with the famous K-9s.
“We’re happy to partner with nonprofits and support them. It’s a big source of donations for them,” Buttemeier said.
She said last year they saw more than 350 people circulate through their hospitality room during the Puppy Bowl Viewing Party and expected a similar number this year.
Once Murphy and Iris arrived, visitors greeted and took photos with new television stars. As a bonus, Noodle – from the 2017 Puppy Bowl – also was on hand.
Leading up the Super Bowl, this puppy pregame party drew many folks to cheer on the two local dogs, who were present as Team Ruff went head to head – or paw to paw – with Team Fluff during the 14th annual Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet cable
“This definitely raises awareness to the quality of dogs in rescue organizations and Humane Societies across the country, and dogs in need of a new home,” said Laurie Dufault, director of development and marketing at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.
The Puppy Bowl was filmed several months ago and, since then, most of the puppies have found new homes. That was the case for Iris and Edwin (now Murphy) who were adopted by local families from the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.
“There’s plenty of other dogs at our shelter, and others across the country that could benefit from a loving home,” Dufault said.
Prior to Sunday’s viewing party, the Humane Society for Greater Nashua put out a promotion asking if anyone attending would consider bringing an item to support the organization’s cause.
“We also accepted cash donations, too, and some people threw a five in and some threw a 10-dollar bill in,” Dufault said, adding that, “I would say from past events that between donations we generated, about $700 worth of gifts and cash donations.”
Ron Page is the owner of Puppy Bowl star Edwin, and since welcoming him into hiss family, he has opted for the name Murphy. He said it’s definitely exciting to know his puppy will be on television.
“My daughter worked at the Humane Society in Nashua, and we were fostering him because they can’t be adopted out before the Puppy Bowl. We kept him for two weeks and got attached,” Page said.
Murphy is a German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix, and is now 6 1/2 months old.
“He weighs about 50 pound, he’s going to be a big boy,” Page said.
He said that people at work have definitely given him positive feedback regarding adopting such a famous puppy. Murphy competed on Team Ruff.
“The brewery is incredibly generous for partnering with us to welcome guests here,” Dufault said, adding that, “The brewery has been kind to the Humane Society.”
At the end of the Puppy Bowl, Team Fluff received the win and took home the Lombarky Trophy.
Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.