History of the Puppy Bowl & Puppy Bowl X Preview

On February 2, 2014 Denver will play Seattle at the Super Bowl. But, even more epic will be the Tenth Annual Puppy Bowl. If you’ve never seen the Puppy Bowl, get ready for cuteness. Animal Planet started the Puppy Bowl in 2005 and the premise is the same, several puppies romp around in a playroom designed to look like a football field and we all sit at home and watch them wrestle, splash the water bowls, and tumble about for about 3 hours.

All the puppies who participate in the Puppy Bowl are shelter pups who are waiting for their forever homes. Along with watching the cuteness, you can also find out where the dogs are and contact information for the rescue or shelter in case you are interested in adopting. There is also a Kitty Show Halftime, which, as the name suggests, is a clowder of kittens who play around for about 30 minutes. The kittens chase laser lights, balls of yarn, a scratching post, and tumble with each other.

In case you are wondering, there is a veterinarian on-site in case the animals get injured while playing. The filming for the event takes place over the course of several days, with various cameras to catch all the action, including the water bowl camera where the view point is from the bottom of the bowl and you see big pink tongues lap up water.

The puppies are given rest periods between playing. Last year the puppy bowl had 63 puppies featured who played in groups of 10 at a time. The animals are well taken care of for the show.

Some fun facts:

  • there are cheerleaders – in 2010 it was bunnies, in 2011 chickens, 2012 it was pigs, and last year there were hedgehogs
  • the blimp that is shown flying over the stadium had a hamster in it in 2013
  • each puppy bowl names an MVP player at the end of the game, last year it was Marta, a beagle mix
  • filming takes place in NYC in a studio over the course of 3 days with hours and hours of playtime captured and edited down to 180 minutes
  • If you’re excited for this year’s Puppy Bowl, check out Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl 2014 page for information about the starting lineup, view the hall of fame, and check out the pups in the locker room as they get ready to play. This year’s cheerleaders are penguins, which could be quite silly.

    Photos from Animal.Discovery.com

Upcoming Pet Events in Georgia

Check out these great events coming up in Georgia. There are fun Halloween activities, cocktail parties, horse parties and even reading events for kids!

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HayDay 2009 and the Halloween Horse Rescue

Northwind Equestrian Center

Cumming, Georgia

October 31

This is a horse-themed Halloween festival, that also contains lots of fun family activities. It will feature hay rides, a petting zoo, barn tours, shopping, hay for sale, arts and crafts, raffles, food and beverages. There will also be a Halloween costume contest for kids. It will take place from 1:00-4:00 PM.

First Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Inman Park Pet Works

Atlanta, Georgia

October 31

Don’t have kids to have fun with on Halloween? Don’t worry! You can dress up your dog for a costume contest, and they will give it a free treat. This event will take place from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. The winner of the contest will receive a photo shoot with Seinen Photography and a $25 gift certificate to the store. Click here for information about Inman Park Pet Works.

K9 Reading Program

Foxtale Book Shop

Woodstock, Georgia

November 14 & 21

This is an event where children of all ages can come and read to specially trained service dogs. These sessions are open to the public, and are great if you want to encourage your kid to read and bond with animals. Click here for information about the new and used book shop.

Eighth Annual Paws for Cocktails

Park Tavern

Atlanta, Georgia

November 19

This will be a party to benefit dogs, from 5:30-9:00 PM. It is a $15 donation at the door, which includes complimentary food and drink. There will be a live auction, deals on holiday gifts, raffle, trivia, giveaway prizes and more. You can bring a picture of your pet and show it to a pet psychic too. Hundreds of people are expected to show up, so it will be a fun social occasion where you can meet other dog lovers. There will be celebrity hosts, such as Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”

This organization also often offers lost-cost microchip clinics, if you are interested in that. It costs $35, and usually takes place on Saturdays.