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January 28, 2014

McDowell County rescue dog to be featured Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X Tailgate Party

WELCH — A McDowell County dog that once faced an uncertain future will get Superbowl Sunday attention when he joins Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X Tailgate Party.

A white and black male Schnauzer later dubbed Bailey was in a litter of three when he arrived at the McDowell County Humane Society, Director Sharon Sagety recalled. On June 10, 2011, he was adopted when he was six weeks old. He went on to find a happy home and even a career.

“He’s had dog obedience classes and he’s joining an agility class,” Sagety said. “He passed his canine good citizenship test in April 2012. From there, he went on to become a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. He does make visits to local nursing homes and therapy centers.”

Bailey regularly visits a nursing/therapy center in Pennsylvania, and sits calmly at the center while the residents pet him and fuss over him, Sagety said. He also performs tricks for the residents.

In another example of public service, Bailey goes to libraries and listens to children while they read.

“This helps boost the children’s confidence and helps struggling readers relax and enjoy the process,” Sagety said.

Bailey’s journey to Superbowl television started when his owner took him to New York City where he auditioned for the Animal Planet channel. An animal talent agent had posted a notice on Facebook asking for dogs that had been rescued, were well trained, and could do some tricks. Animal Planet was also looking for pet owners willing to travel to Manhattan for filming.

Bailey will be among the dogs featured during Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X Tailgate Party this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

“He’s in the Barking Lot, barking on cue in midst of other dogs, Sagety said. “He and five other dogs will be featured in the Barking Lot scene. They’re going to be tailgating and watching the puppies on TV. Three of the dogs who participated are professionally trained, and at Animal Planet, they said he was as well behaved or even better behaved as the dogs who were professionally trained.”

“Bailey is one of many rescued dogs whose accomplishments are amazing,” Sagety added. “Each one is a gift to every adopter, providing unconditional love and affection.”

The McDowell Humane Society operates a no-kill shelter at 106 Dogbone Drive in Superior, just south of Welch. In 2013, more than 500 dogs were adopted with the assistance of its partner rescue.

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