Since 2005, Animal Planet has given the world the amazing Puppy Bowl, which features some of the most adorable puppies out there battling for the championship. The event was the inspiration for Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl, which deals with cute kittens, and Nat Geo Wild’s Fish Bowl, which features goldfish swimming around for four hours.
For this year’s event, they’re allowing three disabled puppies to join in on the fun. One is a hearing and sight impaired Australian shepherd, and another is a deaf English pointer. The third one is a three-legged dog named Lucky that impressed referee Dan Schachner. There’s a good chance that one of these three amazing creatures will leave the game with the highly regarded title of Most Valuable Puppy.
The 2017 Puppy Bowl will bring back illegal use of the tail and offensive pass interference, which refers to odor. There will be six rescue rabbits and five guinea pig cheerleaders cheering on teams Fluff and Ruff. Over 80 puppies will take the field, including Alexander Hamilpup, Buddy Love, Stormy, and Daisy Moses.
The popularity of Puppy Bowl created the Puppy Bowl Experience for the 10th installment in 2004. For a week leading up to the free event, fans got to look at past Puppy Bowl memorabilia and adopt a new pet at the Discovery Times Square. The event brought over 15,000 attendees. In 2016, Animal Planet delivered a special week long event titled Puppy Bowl: Live to San Francisco near the city’s Ferry Terminal.
The Puppy Bowl was shot in New York City, and hundreds of hours of footage was filmed for the show. The final product will be aired on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5) at 3 p.m. EST., which means you’ll be able to catch the Super Bowl in time. More information on the event, including live puppy and kitten cams, can be found on Animal Planet’s site.
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