Puppy Bowl Pup Gambit Scores a Perfect Home

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:30pm
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If you attended the ASPCA and Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Experience in Times Square last month, you may remember a four-month-old boxer/hound named Gambit. The lil’ linebacker spent most of his time at the football event winning hearts—until he was adopted straight off the field! In this week’s Happy Tail, we check on Gambit and his new dad, Dennis, to find out how the pup’s life has been since he left the sidelines behind.

For Gambit, life wasn’t always fun and games. He and his four siblings were born in Tennessee, in an area where dog adoptions are scarce. Knowing that they would have a better chance at finding homes in New York, their local shelter transferred the puppies to the ASPCA. They arrived in the city ready to hit the ground running, and that’s exactly what they did on Team “Puppy Bowl.”

Dennis was at The Puppy Bowl Experience, and though there were many dogs in the game, he was immediately drawn to Gambit. He says, “It was so exciting to go to the events and see Gambit play and interact with people, kids and the spotlight.” He and his wife agreed that the timing was perfect for an “interception,” and the puppy went home with them on the day of the big event.

In the weeks since his adoption, Gambit has loved being the star player in his new family. Dennis tells us that “he was almost completely trained within a week,” and that “he has been making fast friends throughout our neighborhood.” In fact, he is such a crowd-pleaser that he’s been nicknamed Mayor Gambito because he loves to say hello to everyone.

While the Puppy Bowl Experience was a touchdown for Gambit, we are also glad to announce that all of his siblings have since been adopted as well. After a rough start to life, these five super pups won the ultimate prize: a forever home.

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Such a heartwarming story. And what a handsome little fellow!

Becky Britt

Gambit is a spectacular dog. He is so lucky to have Dennis and his family. Thanks so much for choosing him and taking the time to make him a part of your family.

Sabrina Mathenia

Thank you Dennis and wife for giving this guy a forever home! We need more people like you in this world. Again thank you for saving a life and getting a rescue dog!


Dennis and Wife, I want you to know you've made someone's day far away in Northern Ireland. I'm so happy to know that you and others like you gave Gambit and his siblings the chance of a wonderful life. Thanks


Mayor Gambito! Great story that he and his siblings found their home. Thank you, it made my day.


He's so cute! Aww! Thank you, Dennis, & God bless you for adopting this adorable dog! I'm obviously glad his siblings were adopted, too. :)

Last March, my parents & I had to put our 19 y/o Springer Spaniel Mix, Tarra, to sleep. Of course, it was very hard on us & I still sometimes have a hard time looking at her pictures; I miss her so much! My parents & I knew we wanted to adopt another dog, but planned to wait. Not long after Tarra's loss, my mom & I started looking. I got on a website, PetFinder, & found several Cockers (which we've also had) up for adoption. There was a dog on there named Avalanche. I found out he was still up for adoption, & my mom had also seen him on the same website! She & my dad went to one of their local PetSmart stores & filled out the paperwork. That was on a Friday, & the next Wednesday, Avalanche got to come to his FURever home! He's adorable; Avalanche is black with a white streak down his chest. :) He loves to go on walks & rides in the car! When he sees something or someone he doesn't know, he barks! It's funny! I know he'll protect my parents & me.

Rosalie H. Kaye

love his handsome coat- very elegant just like him!! Happy that he and his siblings are all being loved and cared for.


Gambit is so handsome. I love to hear about happy endings but it really is a new start for all of you. May you be blessed and happy.


Congratulations to Mayor Gambito and his new mom and dad. He's a handsome, sweet boy who brings joy and I am so happy for the whole family.

Annabelle Havlicek

He is extremely handsome. That Puppy Bowl is a unique event to showcase dogs needing a home.