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Monday, January 27, 2020

Puppy Bowl XVI

We're less than a week away from the Big Game. Not the Super Bowl, Silly- the Puppy Bowl!

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

This is the 16th year that Animal Planet has hosted the Puppy Bowl - a football-style game starring puppies from shelters all over the United States who are up for adoption. Each dog has an individual segment featuring just them, and by the end of the Puppy Bowl nearly all of them are adopted.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

I will never claim to be a football fan, but I LOVE the Puppy Bowl. It's filmed in a puppy-sized stadium, and the field is littered with stuffed animals and squeaky toys.

Watching the puppies run back and forth, wrestling the toys away from each other, and scoring goals without even knowing it is just the most fun ever. The only thing better would be to watch it in person. According to Animal Planet it takes about 50 to 100 hours of footage, filmed over 3 days, to produce one episode. I can't imagine a better way to spend 3 days.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

The two teams are Team Ruff and Team Fluff, and the dogs are matched in age and size. The referee is played by Dan Schachner, and even he admits he has the best job ever.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

The show has expanded over the years to include a pre-game show, a tailgate party, a dog bowl (for older dogs), a kitten half-time show, and cheerleaders (chickens, penguins, hedgehogs, and pigs in different years).

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

The Animal Planet website has so many features, I don't think I could list them all. There is the Puppy Bowl starting lineup, the opening ceremonies, highlights from past years, and even mini episodes of puppies competing in Olympic sports - bobsleigh, hockey, ski jumping, ice dancing, to name a few. I highly recommend checking out everything on the site.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI

Animal Planet has really gone all out to bring attention to these animals who so desperately need homes. Whether your favourite team wins or loses the Super Bowl, you'll be cheering for all the players in the Puppy Bowl.

Check it out starting this Sunday, February 2nd at 3pm on Animal Planet.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XVI



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