A Chicago boxer that survived cancer is one of 63 dogs competing in the Dog Bowl airing Saturday on the Animal Planet network.

The second-annual “Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl” special is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. The Dog Bowl features adoptable dogs older than the pooches that play in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which is set to air at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Dog Bowl players — hailing from 31 shelters in 15 states — are between 2 and 16 years old. They are divided into two football teams: Team Goldies and Team Oldies.

Belle is on Team Goldies. The boxer, which is about 10 years old, came to from Chicago Animal Care and Control. One More Dog Rescue coordinators say Belle had multiple lumps and bumps, including mammary tumors, and she underwent successful surgery. Belle has completed one of two post-operation screenings to ensure the cancer has not spread, and she will be with One More Dog Rescue until she is medically cleared. Belle’s next screening is slated for mid-March.

Belle loves carrying her toys everywhere; running in the backyard; hopping like a bunny and falling asleep under a blanket at night. If her cancer returns, she will be adopted by her foster mom, who is a One More Dog Rescue coordinator.

One More Dog Rescue is based in Connecticut and has a branch in Chicago. The rescue relies solely on a network of foster homes, and it does not have any bricks-and-mortar shelters. Oliver, an 8 1/2-year-old Pekingese that loves to snuggle, nap, snack and burrow under blankets, is also competing on Team Goldies in the Dog Bowl. He is available for adoption via One More Dog Rescue’s Connecticut coordinators.

Keith Barraclough / Animal Planet Oliver, an 81/2-year-old Pekingese, is playing on Team Goldies in the Dog Bowl. Oliver, an 81/2-year-old Pekingese, is playing on Team Goldies in the Dog Bowl. (Keith Barraclough / Animal Planet)




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