Pup Rally scuttlebutt: a pictorial recap of Puppy Bowl XIX pre-game gala

Marlene Sharp
4 min readFeb 9

By: Blanche DuBois Sharp and Marlene Sharp

We made it to Puppy Bowl XIX Pup Rally 2023!

Greetings, ladies and germs. You’re not rid of me Blanche yet. There’s a VIP PUPPY BOWL XIX Pup Rally experience for me and Mama to recount for your reading pleasure. Because lots of folks poo-poo reading (in general), we will reveal all mainly with pictures, which equals thousands of words but is more fun to see.

Speaking of fun, the indoor/outdoor event entitled PUPPY BOWL XIX Pup Rally on Saturday, February 4, 2023 was a howling success! Paws up for organizers Animal Planet, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, and Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.! Me and Mama got the schmoozing and SWAG-ing that we deserve. Mission accomplished!

On the other hand (or paw), Mama and I won’t sugar coat (or maple syrup glaze; yum) the pre-goings-on. Consider this a trigger warning for anyone who is scared of mamas, dogs, or traffic. They will feature prominently in the next paragraph. (This particular alert is mainly for Mama, because I am a dog who tells brutal honesty about Mama on road trips.)

Because Mama missed the boat in terms of scheduling my glam squad on the day in question, we slummed it. No groomer, no limo, no security caravan . . . It was Mama and me in our Corolla, cozied up to many bumpers on the sluggish drive from the San Fernando Valley to the South Bay, Los Angeles home of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace (not to be confused with Wallis Simpson, a different dog loving lady on THE CROWN). I’ve never seen Mama so mad at other motorists! We nearly turned around, and chucked the whole scheme. But I cried and got my way.

So, here’s what happened after the 90-minute drive down south and surprisingly pleasant, no-cost parking situation treatment. Hint: good times ahead! Clever captions appear underneath each of the following photos:

Jordan Karcher, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Founder & CEO, is circled in red. As for the others, it’s anybody’s guess.

Above is our handsome host: Jordan Karcher (circled), Founder & CEO, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Thank you for Mama’s delicious, free iced coffee, a most appropriate and excellent mood stabilizer! Incidentally, the identity of that foreground kid is a…

Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.

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