Puppy Bowl Training at the White House


WASHINGTON — If you want to see first lady Michelle Obama do a touchdown dance on Super Bowl Sunday, tune in to “Puppy Bowl X,” a spoof that airs beginning at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet.

As part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, Obama enlisted the family’s Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, at a pre-game “training camp” for some of the canine participants on the South Lawn of the White House in October, said Jared Albert, an Animal Planet publicist.

With Washington schoolchildren on hand, 13 puppies from shelters and rescue groups played fetch and ran agility drills as Obama taped segments announcing “Let the Puppy Bowl begin” and demonstrating a touchdown dance.

Bo and Sunny Obama
Bo and Sunny Obama

On Sunday’s program, puppies will score points by dragging chew toys past a goal line but face penalties for violations such as unnecessary roughness, Albert said. Penguins will perform as cheerleaders and “Keyboard Cat” will put on a halftime show, he said.

In one segment, Obama advises against being an “armchair quarterback” and urges 60 minutes of physical activity a day and a well-balanced diet.

Albert said her messages are paired with the whole point of Puppy Bowl: spreading awareness about pet adoption.

By Katherine Skiba | Chicago Tribune reporter

kskiba@tribune.com | Twitter: @KatherineSkiba

The Puppy Bowl will air on Sunday Feb. 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Animal Planet Network in all time zones and will keep repeating until 3 a.m.

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII airs
Sunday, February 2, 3:30 PM PST 6:30 PM EST on FOX
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Hey, my San Diego Chargers may not being going to the Super Bowl, but a handful of my San Diego Shelter dogs will, and that’s a WIN-WIN on my score card!

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