People across the country are preparing menus for Super Bowl Sunday that include a long list of snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy. Fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are set to cheer as their teams vie for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
But other ruffians are ready to duke it out on the gridiron, even though they’re playing for Kibbles ‘n Bits.
Dogs prepped for the Puppy Bowl
The San Antonio Express News reported that seven puppies from the city are receiving five-star treatment at a hotel near Times Square in New York City. It’s a significant step up from their lodgings last year, when they were facing the threat of euthanasia at the Animal Care Services shelter (ACS).
The pooches – Theodore, Lance, Zane, Roscoe, Olive, Papi, and Moses – will get their first close-ups at 2 p.m. Feb.1 during Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl Showdown. Unlike the Super Bowl, however, deflated balls are encouraged by the organizers.
Last summer, the dogs were taken in by the San Antonio-based organization Alamo Rescue Friends, which aims to remove canines from ACS and place them in temporary homes. ARF also transports the dogs to one of seven facilities in New England. In this instance, the pups were transferred to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua in New Hampshire, where workers thought the dogs would be perfect for the Puppy Bowl.
Going into its 11th year of operation, the Puppy Bowl will feature 85 dogs from shelters or rescue groups around the U.S. In 2014, the competition attracted more than 13.5 million viewers. The event, in addition to being fun and loose, raises awareness about the welfare of homeless animals.
The history of the Puppy Bowl
While it may not be as long-running as its human counterpart, the Puppy Bowl has its own stories and background to share. Its history is as entertaining as the event itself.
Mic Network explained that the idea was initially a joke pitched to the network higher-ups, according to executive producer Margo Kent. The inaugural game was held in 2005 at a studio in Maryland with little fanfare, but Animal Planet learned something valuable: Some people wanted to watch something other than football during the Super Bowl.
The initial game received 5.58 million viewers, and has continued to grow since then. It has even eclipsed ratings for the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s own all-star game. It spawned a feline spin-off on the Hallmark Channel, too, which will air its version three hours before the Puppy Bowl.
From barking beagles to tussling terriers, the Puppy Bowl has everything that dog lovers want to see in between action during the Super Bowl. If you want your pooches to run the gridiron alongside their furry pals, sign up for a PetPlus membership and get them the cheap pet meds and supplements they need to stay strong and healthy.