Puppy Bowl

This past Sunday was a real nail biter, as the score of the game went back and forth and many toys met their end. This was the 14th year for the Puppy Bowl, and it did not disappoint. In addition to the puppies, there were baby barnyard cheerleaders, a sloth (assistant) referee, hamsters with a birds eye view of the game, an African Gray Parrot “tweeting” the news, and a kitty half time show. The show was kicked off with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Joku the piano playing chicken, and then the starting lineup was introduced.

In the end, team Fluff beat team Rough with a score of 52-47, but all of the puppies gave it their all. For some puppies their all was more then for others… Mr. Wigglesworth for example was given the Underdog Award for being less then hyper. Bear, on the other hand, received the MVP (most valuable puppy) award for being an active participant. Some puppies were easily sidetracked, but in the end got into the spirit of the game!

Beyond the immense cuteness that makes this show so paw-some , it is also bringing awareness to an important issue: rescue pets. All of these pets are from rescue shelters (or rescue farms) of some type. This year there were dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as a dog rescued from off the streets of Mexico. The Bowl also showcased a few dogs with special needs and disabilities. By including dogs that would often  get looked over in shelters, the Puppy Bowl  showed millions of viewers the individual, adorable personality every single dog has – regardless of their pasts.

And each and everyone of those puppy personalities shined bright for this 14th Puppy Bowl. If you missed this spectacular sporting event, or need a puppy-fix, check into Animal Planet ( http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/photos/puppy-bowl-xiv-starting-lineup/ ) and watch the show!

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