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BASKETBALL-PLAYING CANINE SHOOTS HOOPS FOR CASH TO BENEFIT MSPCA

 VERNON, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- From Bob Cousy to Larry Bird, Boston's basketball heritage is filled with players hitting baskets under pressure. Now joining their ranks is another hoopster -- a four- legged hoopster.
 On Thursday, June 5, Air-Bud -- a 5-1/2-year-old Golden Retriever who sinks regulation-size basketballs off a 10-foot rim -- makes his Boston debut at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (MSPCA) Paint for Pets 125th Birthday Party. To help celebrate the special occasion and to inspire pets and their owners everywhere, PEDIGREE(R) Brand Food for Dogs will donate $100 to the MSPCA for every basket Air-Bud sinks during a simulated basketball game at the event in Boston City Hall Plaza.
 Air-Bud knows sports. He stops goals in hockey and soccer, catches 80-mile-an-hour baseballs and is even learning to catch a football. The day marks the 125th birthday of the MSPCA as the second oldest animal protection organization in the United States and unites animal lovers to pay homage to the pet. While pet lovers/owners gather to paint the Largest Picture of a Pet with Sidewalk Sam, Air-Bud will shoot for his 12,000th career basket.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Ellen Walsh of the Rowland Company, 212-527-8890, for Kal Kan Foods, Inc./


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