Animal Shelters are the Real Winners of Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl is almost here, Woof!! In my humble opinion, Super Bowl should be treated as a national holiday. Everyone should have the day off to enjoy watching the best two football teams in the league face off for the crown! After all, isn’t football America’s sport of all-time??

Besides the game, commercials, and chowing down on burgers, is the anticipation that there might be a broadcast mishap or wardrobe malfunction. However, what I wait for the most is  Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl!! This year will mark the 10th annual Puppy Bowl X broadcast. OMG OMG OMG Puppies!!!

In case you have been living under a rock, and have not heard of the “Puppy Bowl,” it is an annual two-hour television program on Animal Planet that mimics the Super Bowl using puppies as football players. Shown on Super Bowl Sunday, the show consists of footage of a batch of puppies at play inside a model stadium, with commentary on their actions. The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005. The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters. The show contains information on how viewers can adopt rescued puppies and help their local shelter. They score touchdowns  on a 10-by-19-foot gridiron carpet when they cross the goal line with a toy.

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There is a Most Valuable Pup Award (MVP, so cute!! ), a water bowl cam, a new lipstick cam (it’s in the lips of the toys), slow-motion cameras, hedgehog referees, a puppy hot tub and a blimp with a crew of hamsters. Cute right!!?? Bios on each puppy player flash across the screen during close-ups of the action, letting viewers know how to find each animal for adoption.

The inaugural Puppy Bowl, which was promoted as an alternative to the Super Bowl, had 22 puppies and was watched by nearly 6 million viewers. Nearly 9 million tuned in last year and another 1.4 million watched via video streams. This year Sunday Feb 2nd, Puppy Bowl X will feature 84 animals, including 21 kittens from a New York shelter for the halftime show, and 63 puppies from 23 shelters including San Diego shelter puppies!!

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So if you’re not so much into the sporting aspect of the Super Bowl, then turn your eyes to the Puppy Bowl!!

The Puppy Bowl will air Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1 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 50
Sunday, February 7, 3:30 PM on CBS
Levi’s Stadium when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos! 

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!

I am leaving you with this pawesome video of last year’s Puppy Bowl. I double dog dare you to watch this and not smile or want to adopt.

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