If you only watch the Super Bowl for the ads, then you also might enjoy flipping over to Animal Planet and watching Puppy Bowl V — “the ultimate puppy showdown.” (Above is the clip from Puppy Bowl IV.)
Recruiting from local shelters, the Puppy Bowl features adoptable puppies on a pseudo-football grid iron battling with toys, playing tug-of-war, and committing fouls (piddles) on the field. Crowd sounds fill the background as puppies go nose-to-nose; and nose to every other part of the body; making their way down the field shrugging their stuffed toy and looking absolutely adorable.
Before these puppies vie for title Most Valuable Puppy, Pepper the Parrot, a 12-year old African Grey, will kick things off by singing the National Anthem. And in between the puppy action, kittens will play in the halftime show.
You may recognize Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, giving the play-by-play. Or you may not. Either way, it’s fun for people who love pets to take a short break from the day long Super Bowl coverage.
Puppy Bowl V will air on Animal Planet on Sunday, February 1 at 3 p.m. EST.