Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Brings Ruff and Fluff To The Field

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
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Forget the Super Bowl. Animal Planet’s 13th Annual Puppy Bowl is the game you’ve got to watch!

Some people mistakenly wait all year for the Super Bowl, anxiously anticipating everything from commercials to the half-time show to the MVP.

But Animal Planet and Pedigree have paired up once again to bring the most ferociously adorable puppies to the playing field as they battle to win Puppy Bowl XIII. The Puppy Bowl was designed to not only bring some fluffy fun twist to the boring old Super Bowl, but to work with animal shelters and rescue groups across the country to bring awareness to and promote pet adoption.

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This year’s bowl features 78 tough little titans, who come from 34 various organizations in 22 states. Three of the puppies are special needs puppies, proving that you can’t judge a pooch by its fluff, and they’ll be divided into two teams–Ruff and Fluff. There will also be some special pet guest appearances, from the likes of Punxsutawney Phil, who will officiate the toin coss, and celbri-dogs Chloe the Mini Frenchie, Chloe Kardoggian, Ella Bean, Marnie the Dog, Manny the Frenchie, Mervin the Chihuahua and several others.

“Tail”gating will begin on Animal Planet at 2 p.m. EST on February 5, 2017, with the game starting at 3 p.m. EST. The team with the most points will win, but let’s face it…they’re all going to steal our hearts! If you’d like you can also catch the ‘kitten-cam’ on Animal Planet’s site, and we guarantee there’s sure to be some ‘catty’ commentary!

And now…a sneak peek at the starting lineup!

From Team Fluff–Oliver, a 12-week-old Standard Poodle and Blitz, a 15-week-old Golden Retriever mix, also known as the Blonde Squad.

From Team Ruff–Squirt, a 12-week-old Dachshund/Terrier mix and Bo, a 15-week-old Parson Russell Terrier, representing the black and white blitz.

From Team Fluff–Winston, a 14-week-old Austraiian Shepherd and Peanut, a 19-week-old Brussels Grifon, both bringing the eyes of intimidation to their team.

From Team Ruff–Woody, an 18-week-old Blue Heeler mix and Smooshie, a 12-week-old Sharpei–and they don’t want their friendly mugs to fool you; the fur will fly with their defense!

From Team Ruff–Winter, a 14-week-old Jack Russell Terrier Mix and Foster, a 19-week old Burmese, both of whom are in the running for MVP (Most Valuable Pooch)!

From Team Fluff–Archimedes, a 15-week-old Otterhound mix and Lucky, a 16-week-old Terrier mix. They pack a one-two punch that’s guaranteed to boggle the other team’s mind!

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