Puppy Bowl 2015 is this Sunday

It is once again time for Puppy Bowl! YES!!!! This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!!!!


Puppy Bowl is a show on Animal Planet which always airs on the Sunday of the Super Bowl. It is to show off cute puppies playing a fake game of football for your enjoyment. You can watch puppies both before, during, and after the big game. Puppy Bowl XI will air on February 1 2015 at 3 pm. It will start and end before the big game begins. However, PBXI will also replay a few more times so you can watch it instead of football or you can catch it after the game if you do not have time before.

As usual, the show features puppies from animal shelters playing with football (and other) dog toys on a miniature field inside a mini fake stadium. Puppies are switched out throughout the game and a touchdown is made any time a puppy makes it over the goal line with a toy. A ref calls penalties and makes sure that the puppies play nice. The halftime show features kittens playing. One puppy usually wins an MVP (most valuable puppy) award for playing the best. But I am not sure if that is true this year with the addition of an online fantasy draft. The point of the whole thing is to show off cute puppies to encourage people to go to their local shelters and adopt dogs in need of homes. All of the puppies featured have been adopted into new homes.

This year they are also featuring a fantasy draft, which might take the place of the mvp award.
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You go online here to sign into the site and pick three puppies for your dream team from the starting line up. The puppies are split into two teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. You can pick three puppies in any variation and across both teams.

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You also get to pick which team you think will win. Team Ruff is in the lead!

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Here are a couple of the puppies from the starting line up:

Aria the Labrador Retriever mix, on Team Ruff:
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Keith Barraclough/DCL

Blue the Schnauzer Poodle mix, on Team Fluff:
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Keith Barraclough

Boomer the German Shepherd mix, on Team Ruff:

Chicklet the Australian Shepherd Mix, on Team Fluff:
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Keith Barraclough

Falcor the Clumber Spanial, on Team Ruff:
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Keith Barraclough/DCL

Fritz the Mini Schnauzer, on Team Fluff:
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Keith Barraclough/DCL

Lee the Boxer mix,on Team Ruff:
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Keith Barraclough/DCL

Panda the Pomeranian, on Team Fluff:
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Keith Barraclough/DCL

You can see the entire starting line up here. There is a great mix of beautiful and adorable puppies this year, you won’t want to miss out!

Make sure you tune in and watch all the adorable puppies this Sunday at 3 pm on Animal Planet!

– Fizz

Puppy Bowl X this Sunday!

Don’t forget that this Sunday before the big game is the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet!


The “game” is two hours of watching adorable puppies play on a fake football field. They relay that same game 6 more times Sunday so you can catch it after the real football game if you don’t get a chance before.

If you would like to read some more interesting facts about Puppy Bowl check out CNN’s article 66 Adorable Reasons to Watch Puppy Bowl.

Puppy Bowl X Starting Line Up

Puppy Bowl X is coming on “big game” Sunday (Feb 2) on Animal Planet!


If you have not heard of or watched one of the previous 9 Puppy Bowls it features adorable puppies, 66 of them this year, all playing together with toys on a fake puppy sized football field. Getting a toy to the end zones results in a touch down, rough play results in penalties. It is not so much about the “game” but rather about watching adorable puppies! The puppies all come from local rescues to help raise awareness for these pups and all rescued animals in need of homes.

Viewers get to vote for the MVP – Most Valuable Puppy – during the live event. There is also a half time show featuring kittens and keyboard cat, and cheerleaders.

Puppy Bowl X has penguin cheerleaders for the first time!
(source: LA Times)

The best part is that this plays before the big game so you can watch both! It also replays after so you can watch puppies instead of football if that is your thing.

Here are just a few of the adorable puppies in this year’s starting line up:

1. Alvin – Male Poodle

2. August – Female Boxer

3. Aurora – Female Dalmation

4. Cody – Male Spaniel

5. Ginger – Female Old English Sheepdog Mix

6. Jillian – Female Shih Tzu and Pekingese Mix

7. Lily – Female Bassett Hound

8. Mila – Female Pit Bull

9. Opie – Male Schnauzer and Terrier Mix

10. Roxy – Female Shih Tzu and Chihuahua Mix

11. Suri – Female Siberian Husky

12. Wyatt – Terrier Mix

All of these pictures come from Animal Planet’s website, where you can see all the rest of the starting line up along with pictures of other years of the Puppy Bowl.

I encourage you to check out more pictures!


Puppy Bowl IX

Puppy Bowl 9 is this Sunday (Feb 3, at 3 pm) on Animal Planet!


This years game returns with new adorable puppies, kitten halftime show, hamster blimp, Meep the bird, and on the sidelines this year are hedgehogs (possibly wearing tutus).


As usually, the Puppy Bowl airs before the “big game” so you do not have to miss either one! If you are unable to watch at 3, the Bowl replays a few times so you can catch it later.

Here are a few of the starting line up:

1. Althea the female Australian Shepherd and Catahoula Mix


2. Aurora the female Siberian Husky and Retriever Mix


3. Bessie the female Catahoula Leopard dog mix


4. Daisy the female Yorkshire Terrier


5. Marta the female Schnauzer and Beagle mix


6. Juniper the female Great Pyrenees


7. Nala the female Japanese Chin


8.Chestnut the male Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd mix


The full line up of puppies can be viewed at Puppy Bowl IX Starting Lineup

Decision 2012

Animal Planet is having a contest called Decision 2012 to decide what type of pet is America’s favorite. It is being run like a mock political campaign and election.

You can submit pictures  or videos to “nominate” their pet.  Pet categories are Dogs, Cats, and Independent – for all other pets.  You then rate each pet photo or video, and you can comment and “campaign” for a pet with Tweets and Likes.  The contest will have different categories as it progresses. The first categories is cutest, and others include smartest, most talented, most athletic and funniest.

Exactly how Decision 2012 works can be found here. It is kind of hard to explain succinctly given the use of the election format.

Description of the Dog Party: Dignity, security and great hair are just a few things dogs have to offer.

Description of the Cat Party: Cats have gotten a bad rap, and it’s time to set the record straight.

Description of the Independent Party: Don’t let the two party system of Dogs and Cats limit your choice for America’s Favorite Pet.

Puppies VS Babies

Animal Planet is having an online photo contest featuring your photos of puppies and babies with a chance to win $5,000!  The contest is currently open for picture submissions, and online voting will begin Saturday October 22.

The rules for the contest are at animal.discovery.com.

Here are the steps they list to enter the contest:

1. Find (or take) a picture to submit of a puppy or baby no more than 18 months old at the time the picture is taken. This means you can submit pictures take a number of years ago. The complete rules for what pictures are eligible for entry can be found here.

2. Submit the photo with your information (and a bit about the subject in the picture) on the contests main page.

3. Vote on October 22 – the votes will determine a top baby and a top puppy to compete in the championship round.

The baby and puppy that make it that far will get $5000!

I wish that I had pictures of one of the two to enter, but I have only ever had one puppy and he hated having his picture taken. I look forward to seeing all the pictures – and to see which make it to the final round.

Rediscovered Rodent

The red-crested tree rat was thought to be extinct but was recently rediscovered after 113 years of not being seen! Researchers have been trying to find this animal, when it simply showed up at a nature reserve. They live in Columbia, South America, and are about the size of a guinea pig.

The below photographs are a couple of the first pictures ever taken of the animal:

Pictures from Animal Planet.

I love the long fuzzy tail!

To read the story of their rediscovery see Conservation International.