Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl

This Sunday is the Superbowl and if you’re not a football person, it’s also the Puppy Bowl. We’ve probably all have seen clips of the Puppy Bowl and watched a few minutes here and there. It’s not as exciting or dramatic as other sports but it’s hysterical.

For the past 8 years, Animal Planet has had the Puppy Bowl and it’s a spectacle. A bunch of puppies run around in a playpen that is made to look like a football field and play with toys, with each other, and sometimes with the water bowl. At halftime, a cat scratching post with a bunch of kittens is put out onto the field and it’s known as “Kitty Half Time.” I have watched the Puppy Bowl and it’s a mix of high energy goofiness, tumbling, and sometimes napping. Like I said, it’s not super dramatic and between spurts of silly play the puppies tend to wander around, mill about, and sometimes nap.

If you’ve ever wondered how the Puppy Bowl is put together, here are some facts:

1: The puppies are from shelters, rescue groups, and other organizations across the country. The dogs are mixed breeds and pure breeds.

2: To get a sense of scale, the submissions of puppies for the Puppy Bowl are photographed with a can of soda to get a sense of how tall they are. There isn’t a weight cut off but there is an age limit. Puppies are between the ages of 9 weeks and 18 weeks of age.

3: The Puppy Bowl is filmed in October. Chances are most of the puppies you’ll see on Sunday have forever homes and have grown quite a bit. It takes about 2 days to get footage that can be edited down.

4: The pups are examined prior to playing and there is a rep from HSUS who monitors the filming to make sure all the pups are ok.

5: The Kitty Half Time is not filmed when the puppies are around. It’s done on a different day and doesn’t take too long, only about 2 to 3 hours.

6: Apparently, this year instead of the chickens and bunnies that were the cheerleaders, there will be piggies. Yes, piggies. This I gotta see.

7: For those who have watched the Puppy Bowl in the past, the hamster who flies the blimp will be back.

All in all, it’s a funny show and can make kids and adults laugh. So if you’re not down for the Super bowl and want to have something to watch with the kids, this might fit the bill.

Photo courtesy of Animal Planet Puppy Bowl.

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