They’re the ideal football players: gorgeous, cuddly, and not too picky about salaries. In fact, a dog treat and an ear rub will pretty much keep these athletes happy. Meet the pups of Puppy Bowl VIII, Animal Planet’s answer to the Super Bowl.
There’s lots of fun and games during the Puppy Bowl, and there’s even a ref to sort it all out as the pups explore the gridiron, with all the chaos that comes with that.
“When Animal Planet first called and told me that I would be working with 58 puppies, 20 cats, five pigs, and one bird, I thought this would be the easiest gig of my career,” says Dan Schachner, the Bowl’s new ref. “But after calling my first ‘terrier touchdown,’ I can see why this is the toughest competition in sports today.”
All the puppies in the Puppy Bowl have been selected from shelters and rescues across the U.S. with the help of Petfinder.com. One goal of the Bowl is to increase adoption of animals. The aforementioned cats are cheerleaders, and the pigs are the pep squad. The bird apparently tweets the fast-paced action.
Want a sneak peek at some of the pups in the starting lineup? Check out the action here.