Pup from Hamilton rescue playing in 2017 Puppy Bowl

She looks like a very good girl
Posted at 9:43 AM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-05 09:12:54-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Greater Cincinnati has a hometown girl starting in the big game Feb. 5 -- her name is Sable.

The Puppy Bowl, which precedes the Super Bowl each year, is an adorable display of football-themed puppy playtime broadcast on Animal Planet. 

Sable is one of 40 puppies starting in Puppy Bowl XIII. She's a 14-week-old Husky/Lab mix from Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton. She's repping Team Fluff.

Sable is a 14-week-old puppy from Hamilton competing in Puppy Bowl XIII.

"Sable: Demonstrates great body control on sideline catches. Always manages to get two paws down in bounds," Sports Illustrated noted in its analysis of the starters.

Sable is the Buckeye State's sole player starting in the Puppy Bowl. The Tri-State only has one other pup: Woody, a Blue Heeler/Cattle Dog mix from Barktown Rescue in Boston, Kentucky.

Woody is another Tri-State pup — hailing from Boston, Ky — playing in Puppy Bowl XIII.

Animal Planet has only introduced this season's starters, but a total of 78 puppies from 34 different rescues will participate. Top recruits came out of Florida Little Dog Rescue in Orlando and the Sato Project in Puerto Rico.

This year, three special needs doggies will take part, too. Fans are already going wild over Lucky, the three-legged dog.

Lucky is one of the three special needs pup in Puppy Bowl XIII.

All dogs shown in the Puppy Bowl are available for adoption (including Sable!).

The game kicks off at 3 p.m. on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday. There's a new, pre-game "Tail-gate" that starts at 2 p.m. You can watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.

Editor's note: Cat lovers, although you're wrong and puppies are best, you can enjoy the Puppy Bowl's kitty halftime show featuring headliner Kitty Gaga.