Alexandria, VA Featured on Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL XV With Canine Cruise and Puppy Competitor January 14, 2019

Claire Mouledoux, Visit Alexandria: or 703-652-5367
Leah Spellman, APR, Visit Alexandria: or 703-652-5363
Gina Hardter, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: or 703-746-5662
Robin Radin, Animal Planet: or 310-770-8836

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Alexandria, VA Featured on Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL XV with Canine Cruise and Puppy Competitor

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL XV will feature Alexandria, Virginia, with a spotlight on Potomac Riverboat Company’s Canine Cruise and Alexandria’s puppy competitor, Pirate, from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). Everyone’s favorite pup-to-pup competition airs Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on Animal Planet. 

A member of the Entertainment Cruises’ family of brands, the Potomac Riverboat Company hosted Pirate on one of their popular dog-friendly sightseeing cruises around Alexandria’s seaport. Animal Planet filmed Alexandria’s PUPPY BOWL XV competitor on the Canine Cruise in September 2018 to create a segment featuring Pirate’s story as he takes part in one of the showcase experiences of one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. The Canine Cruise is a 45-minute river cruise for four-legged friends and their humans offered monthly from April through October from Old Town Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. Alexandria offers more than 20 experiences for dogs including doggy happy hours, boutiques for dogs, a dog gym, and even tours for dogs. 

Pirate came to the AWLA in August 2018 and was adopted in October 2018. He now goes by the name Min-Guk. His adopter says, “He is a truly lovely, happy puppy who loves playing fetch and going on runs. Maybe his fetching and running skills came from his Puppy Bowl training sessions!” He now shares his adventures on Instagram as @min_guk_ee and encourages others to visit his first “home team,” the AWLA to find their future canine companions (or even feline friends)!  He looks forward to watching his Puppy Bowl premiere on February 3, 2019. Pirate, along with the rest of the 93 adoptable puppies from 51 shelters and rescues across the country, go paw to paw and nose to nose for the ultimate match up: “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.”

"We are so excited for our alumnus Pirate," said Gina Hardter of the AWLA. "He learned so much during his time with us, and we can't wait to see how he does on the field. We know he will make Alexandria proud!"

For the last 14 years, Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television. Every Super Bowl Sunday, two teams of the fluffiest and cuddliest line barkers and wide retrievers take to the gridiron for a playful game of terrier touchdown, puppy penalties, and furry fumbles. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly…their "furever" homes. 

About Alexandria, VA
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at

About Entertainment Cruises
Entertainment Cruises is the premier provider of water-based dining, sightseeing and transportation experiences in North America. Over the last 40 years, the company has continually redefined the domestic marine hospitality industry, establishing a portfolio of eight distinctive, award-winning brands, including Potomac Riverboat Company, that are available in popular US city locations such as Alexandria VA, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Norfolk VA, Philadelphia, National Harbor, New York, Weehawken NJ, Washington D.C. area, as well as Toronto, Canada, following the acquisition of Mariposa Cruises in August 2018. Continuously innovating to elevate guest experience, the company recently launched Odyssey Chicago River, a luxurious glass-enclosed vessel that pairs upscale dining and entertainment with an entirely unique 360-degree panoramic perspective that fully immerses guests in the spectacular architecture and vibrant energy of the Chicago River. Today, almost 2,500 full-time and part-time shipmates operate a fleet of 48 vessels, delivering over 18,000 cruises to upwards of 2.3 million guests each year. Entertainment Cruises is part of the PPC Partners group of companies. For more information, visit  

About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is a local 501(c)(3) organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, which is Alexandria's only open-access animal shelter, the AWLA touches the lives of more than 6,000 animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescued animals and animals surrendered by their owners. The AWLA is committed to addressing animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare and serving as an educational resource for the community. More information can be found at

About Animal Planet  
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high-quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit

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