Puppy Bowl viewers lap up furry football game alternative
Canines duke it out for gridiron glory during Animal Planet's 11th annual Puppy Bowl, which aired on Sunday Feb. 1, 2014. (Animal Planet)
For animal lovers, Sunday’s big game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots is a mere after show. The real gridiron action? Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.
Now in its 11th year, the televised show features spaniels, beagles and terriers “playing” football on a pint-sized model “stadium.”
This year was the first time the bowl was organized into opposing teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. The game had it all: Starting lineups, MVPs, a pregame show and Fantasy Game picks.
Not to leave feline-lovers in the dust, the Kitty Halftime show featured a cat dressed as this year’s Super Bowl halftime show star Katy Perry – or in this case, Katty Furry.
There is also a serious side to Puppy Bowl: The canines that participate come from shelters. Animal Planet says the football extravaganza is a way to promote pet adoption.
Puppies weren’t the only animals playing for a win on Sunday. Hallmark Channel aired the Kitten Bowl, also to promote the adoption of shelter animals.
Animal lovers (and viewers looking for non-Super Bowl Sunday entertainment) appear to eat it up. In 2014, Puppy Bowl drew 13.5 million viewers, according to The Associated Press.
Controversy at #PuppyBowl as there are accusations about the dogs using under-inflated chew toys.— Juan Lozano (@juanlozano70) February 1, 2015