‘Puppy Bowl’ Returns to Animal Planet

This year’s event will feature rowdy, adorable puppies and a kitten halftime show.

Posted: January 26, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Puppy and refereeIf you need an alternative to the Super Bowl this Sunday, Feb. 1, or just want to get pumped up for the big game, look no further than Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl V.”

“Puppy Bowl V” features two teams of puppies who will mimic the plays usually reserved for the NFL as they take over Animal Planet Stadium and compete for the coveted title of MVP, or Most Valuable Puppy. Commentator Harry Kalas, a renowned sportscaster, will be on hand to make sure viewers don’t miss any of the action. Highlights from previous Puppy Bowls also will be featured.

The event will be refereed by Andrew Schechter. “I think we all have a calling,” he says. “Some of us are firemen; some are policemen. I am a ref. I referee little, cute, adorable puppies pretending to play football for people’s enjoyment. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.”

The festivities will begin with Pepper the Parrot performing his own version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Viewers also won’t want to miss the “Kitten Halftime Show,” which will feature a variety of kittens doing what they do best: playing!

The participating puppies were recruited from regional shelters, which include the Pawfect Match Rescue in Holly Springs, N.C., and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, Md. All of the dogs are adoptable. Viewers who are interested in adopting one of the puppies can visit PetFinder.com for more information.

Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl V” will air on Feb. 1, 2009, at 3 p.m. EST/PST.


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John Sortore   Palmetto, FL

11/4/2011 4:35:44 PM

Why don't you have one for baseball and other sports as well??

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KELLY ANN BRANCH   UNION, IL

2/7/2010 5:13:28 PM

PUPPY BOWL IS AWESOME WATCH IT EVERY YEAR AND I FIND IT GREAT TO WATCH

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Amy   Cumming, GA

2/1/2010 3:10:30 PM

My friend and I look forward to Super Bowl Sunday for one reason -- the Puppy Bowl!!! I start watching at 3:00 and pretty much watch the rest of the afternoon into evening. I think the Puppy Bowl should be on a continuous reel at work -- we'd all be so much happier and calmer.

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Martin   Jacksonville, FL

2/1/2009 7:57:23 PM

Watched "PUPPY BOWL"! Had a great time, enjoyed a great deal. I nominate Matilda as most valuable player. She was quick and slick and made 4 touchdowns. Also was a lady at all times and didn`t bite anybody or befowl the water
dish!
And cue on top of it!!

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