When Amy Heinz, owner of AHeinz 57 Pet Rescue & Transport in De Soto, found out five puppies were selected to be in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X for the second year in a row, she was ecstatic.

"An Animal Planet producer called out of the blue (in September)and said they liked the look of a pup we had on Petfinder," she said. "(They asked if we could) bring him to New York for the Puppy Bowl. They also asked us to bring (the) Terrier Twins, Marta and Trinka."

They were also asked to bring five other puppies –Farkle, Jack, Cody, Opie, and Goober – to take part in the Puppy Bowl.

Farkle, a 12-week-old Mastiff, had a "rocky start" according to Heinz. His mother was found half-starved and had given birth at the top of a steep driveway. The puppies, including Farkle, started to roll down the driveway as they were being born. Farkle and his"We pulled the litter and their mom out of the shelter, spayed/neutered the family, and found them homes," Heinz said. Cody, a Catahoula/Spaniel mix, was also in a shelter and scheduled to be put down, but Heinz took him under her wing.

Opie, a Schauzer/Terrier mix, and his brother, Goober, were found abandoned with their mother in a garage in Winterset.

"The family was brought to us that day, and I fostered them at my house," Heinz said. "Opie stole everyone’s hearts in NYC and made it to the starting line-up."

The opportunity to be involved in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X for a second year is something Heinz says she is thankful for.

"Shelters and rescues from all over the country apply to be in the Puppy Bowl, and we have been asked to participate two years in a row," she said. "We are not only honored, but very blessed by this. The national attention and local recognition and media coverage has done wonders for our little rescue in De Soto.

"Because of this, our adoptions increased dramatically last year, and that’s a huge win for the homeless dogs of Dallas County and the dogs on death row shelters. I would just like to thank Animal Planet for giving us this opportunity, to our community for supporting our efforts, and to our volunteers for their commitment for saving furry lives."

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X will kick off on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern /Pacific on Animal Planet.

To learn more about AHeinz57 or to view their adoptable dogs, go to www.aheinz57.com.