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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
Kitty delights in her first snow
Stories behind eight Westminster Dog Show contender names

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

Feb 4, 2013 6:22PM
I enjoyed Puppy Bowl 9. To Mountain Chic and catswan267, I totally agree with you. The Kitty Half Time Show by far outshined Beyonce and Destiny's Child. Let's hear it for the kittens!!!!!!!!! :) :) I would have loved to have had the Siamese Snowshoe kitten, so awedorable. :) :)
Feb 4, 2013 6:16PM
Feb 4, 2013 6:15PM
100 times better than the real half time show.... 

Feb 4, 2013 6:13PM
This is about as stupid as watching pet store paint dry....next up, Horses attending college classes.....
Feb 4, 2013 6:09PM
Better than watching grown men bash away at eachother for money!!! I'll take the puppies any day!!!  Have rescued three beauiful purebred Dobermans and loved them all to death... Dogs Rule!!
Feb 4, 2013 6:08PM
We watch this every year so fun better than the real game. No showboats or overpaid hustlers.
Feb 4, 2013 6:08PM
I think Marta had some performance enhancing treats lol.
Feb 4, 2013 6:02PM
It was ,much more interesting that the Stuper Bowl! At least they didn't have Beyonce screaming and sounding like two cats in a fight.
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