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Watching Puppy Bowl IV (we flipped to the Super Bowl during commercials) last night, I wondered just how the good people at Animal Planet found the many cute puppies they threw onto the miniature football field. Was there a draft? Is there a minor puppy league? And most importantly, how could I obtain such puppies?

Drunk on cuteness, I went to work to get these questions answered. I managed to track down Abbigale Rottenbottom Glasby, the PetSmart MVP of Puppy Bowl IV. She chose to speak through her agent, Dwight Glasby of Manassas, Virginia.

Normally, Dwight tells me, the Puppy Bowl people pick among puppies up for adoption at shelters, but for some reason this year there was a paucity of puppies. A woman at Dwight's local pet store knew this, had a connection, and let him know. Dwight sent in Abbigale's picture, and the next thing they knew she was going to the dance.

They started filming, it was a good eight hours. You know, Abbi hardly ever took a nap. She was out on the set just going crazy most of the day. It was a day of chaos. Even in the green room, they were raring to go.

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Abbigale had several memorable moments out on the field. The highlight for Dwight?

I would have to say when she got penalized for the splashing, that was classic. She loves tearing into the water bowl here at home.

Is Abbigale getting a big head after being named MVP in her rookie game?

I don't think she's aware that she became famous. We are still waiting for the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid she won for MVP.

We may not have seen the last of Abbigale Rottenbottom Glasby on Animal Planet. Dwight says she plans to enter the Jack Russell Terrier races at the Gold Cup later this year.