News 12 CT: Take a ‘paws.’ Meet the Puppy Bowl players with ties to western CT

January 26, 2022
Hoku at her Forever Home with Pat and Maureen Shannon, interviewed by News 12

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…..Hoku, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Catahoula leopard dog mix, was recruited from the Maui Humane Society, but she’s since found her forever home in Norwalk with Pat and Maureen Shannon. Their daughter works for the Maui Humane Society. When Katie Shannon and Hoku came to the mainland for the game, Katie Shannon had her own play drawn up.

“She presented us with a pitch book that had pictures of her [Hoku] ,” Pat Shannon told News 12. “And at the end of the pitch book, the closing was she could be part of your family now too.”
It’s been the perfect match since then.
“The dog always wants to be with either Pat or I,” said Maureen Shannon. “She’s cuddly. She’s sweet.”
“She’s a 65-pound dog that thinks she’s a lapdog,” interrupted Pat Shannon.
But the Shannon’s wouldn’t want it any other way. “We’re so happy she’s part of our family,” said Maureen Shannon.
“Hoku” is the Hawaiian word for star. As for whether Hoku was one on the field, the Shannon’s will be watching to find out.
The Puppy Bowl airs on Animal Planet and Discovery+ Feb. 13 starting at 2pm.

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