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01/31/2013 22:34:00 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  2205  views, category: Pet pack life, Pet play and fitness, Pets in news, Pet rescue, More pet holidays view all blogs


Will you be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? How about the Puppy Bowl? Even if you only switch over to the Puppy Bowl during the pregame show commercials, it is worth it.

The Puppy Bowl will air for the ninth consecutive year this Sunday from 3pm-5pm ET on Animal Planet.

What is the Puppy Bowl?
The Puppy Bowl is Animal Planet's annual Super Bowl Sunday show. All 63 puppy participants come from shelters and animal rescues from around the country.

The main goal of the show is to raise awareness about how great shelter and rescue dogs are and how many need homes.

Animal Planet has done a fabulous job with this show. It is engaging and fun to watch since the commentators act like it is a real football game. The color commentary is especially entertaining. They even have real sponsors and do commercial spots in a fake locker room.

The Game
During the two hour “game”, the puppies run around the miniature football field chasing balls and tackling each other.

You will hear the commentators as they announce each furry fumble, terrier touchdown, and puppy penalty. Instant replay will be sure to capture all of those extra cute and unbelievable moments.

When they are not playing, the puppies will be able to enjoy a new feature this year - the Puppy Hot Tub.

Meet the Rest
Also new to the show this year is the hamster blimp. Get a bird’s eye view of the game and see what the hamsters have to say.

Peppy hedgehog cheerleaders will be cheering for all the players from the sidelines, although it is not clear if they have been able to remember a full cheer yet!

One staple of the show is the human referee, who is always around to make sure the players are safe and playing by the rules. He has become a popular character of the show over the years.

At halftime, while the puppies are resting, the kittens will take over. Once again, The Kitten Halftime Show will astonish and amaze you with cuteness.

During their halftime show, all of the kittens will be out on the field. If you will be watching the game with friends, get ready for the chorus of awws!

Learn More
You can learn all about this year’s players by watching the Puppy Profiles on Animal Planet. Learn about each dog’s strengths and strategies for the game along with some commentary on how they were scouted.

You can also watch clips from previous years, including the Kitten Halftime Shows.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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