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Puppies reign on Super Bowl Sunday

Everyone wins at the Puppy Bowl.

By Vetstreet Feb 4, 2013 4:18PM

Before the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers kicked off Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, there was another (much cuter) big game on Sunday afternoon: Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX.

Photo: Animal Planet / Puppies take to the field at Puppy Bowl IX.The game featured 63 adorable shelter pups from around the country — as well as Meep the bird who Tweeted game updates, hamster sports reporters, hedgehog cheerleaders, the traditional kitten half time show and one lucky human ref, who doled out penalties for “excessive cuteness.”

Marta, a Schnauzer-Beagle mix who’s “deceptively athletic,” took home the “Most Valuable Puppy” prize — and all of the puppies are now the winners of forever homes. — Read it at USA Today and meet the puppy players

Plus: Never doubt an animal prognosticator! Or at least not these two. Both Teddy Bear the talking porcupine and the Golden Retriever puppies who delighted the audience on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night last week picked the Ravens, who won 34-31.

More from Vetstreet:
5 best Super Bowl commercials starring animals
Rescued mom dog goes back for her pups
8 newest dog breeds
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Stories behind eight Westminster Dog Show contender names

Photo: Animal Planet / Puppies take to the field at Puppy Bowl IX.

Feb 4, 2013 6:57PM

Maybe one day we can hope this show will be the most watched sports show of the year.

I checked out this year's Superbowl,as I have never watched one EVER, and I was surprised at all the fat, dumb-looking players. Except the golden boy quarterbacks.It is so reminiscent of the Galdiator Games of Rome. Lots of testosterone and no real atheletic value. Just noise and commentary. On a positive note, it sure looked pretty on my HDTV. Why would you WANT to go to the actual stadium? Oh well, one can only hope.

Feb 4, 2013 6:54PM
MVP?  Butterscotch was robbed...he played the game of his young life!
Feb 4, 2013 6:48PM
I enjoyed the Puppy Bowl as I have the past several years. I wish though they might have one from each state,at least. Must say they all were cute out there and so were all the other animals involved. Good job to them all.
Feb 4, 2013 6:33PM
Any ad was better than the loud noise they called music. Go puppies.
Feb 4, 2013 6:24PM
I LOVE that they feature shelter pups. Great way to promote adoption and help these guys out!
Feb 4, 2013 6:24PM
I've been watching the Puppy Bowl every year since it began, my West Highland White Terrier loves watching with me as well!
Feb 4, 2013 6:24PM
Sorry I had to repost this as I cannot type I am laughing so hard! Puppies reign on Super Bowl Sunday! While the "Power Outage" caused a delay in the Stupid Bowl, we did some Channel Surfing and ran across the PUPPY BOWL IX! It was much entertaining than the Super Bowl and the Half time show which really sucked! We at our "Bowl Party" agreed that next year no matter who is in the Super Bowl, WE are watching the wonderfully hilarious PUPPY BOWL!  3 cheers for puppies and the programmers with the foresight to show such a funny, lovable, show that adults and kids alike could watch without sexual overtones difficult to explain to 10 year olds! One absolutely fantastic part of the show was when a Puppy got tackled on the 50 yard line, ALL players rejoiced! Great show, even my cat was into it!
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