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The dog ate my productivity: 'Puppy Bowl IX' locker room cam is streaming joy

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This undated publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows dogs playing on the field during "Puppy Bowl IX," in New York. The “Puppy Bowl,” an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. Dogs score touchdowns on a 10-by-19-foot gridiron carpet when they cross the goal line with a toy.

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This undated publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows the Kitty half time show during "Puppy Bowl IX," in New York. The “Puppy Bowl,” an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. The show provides national exposure to the shelters across the country that provide the puppy athletes and the kittens that star in the halftime show, and introduces viewers to the different breeds and animals that need homes, animal workers say.

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"Fumble," during the kitty half-time show for last year's "Puppy Bowl VIII," in New York. The “Puppy Bowl,” an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. "Fumble," the spcaLA's entry in “Puppy Bowl VIII," earned the game's Most Valuable Pup crown.

AP Photo/Animal Planet, Keith Barraclough

This undated publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows the Kitty half time show during "Puppy Bowl IX," in New York. The “Puppy Bowl,” an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. The show provides national exposure to the shelters across the country that provide the puppy athletes and the kittens that star in the halftime show, and introduces viewers to the different breeds and animals that need homes, animal workers say.

AP Photo/Animal Planet, Kimberly Holcombe

This undated publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows a dog, Fumble, during "Puppy Bowl VIII," in New York. The “Puppy Bowl,” an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. Fumble, the spcaLA's entry in “Puppy Bowl VIII," earned the game's Most Valuable Pup crown.

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Say goodbye to productivity for the next few days — the "Puppy Bowl IX" PUPPY CAM is alive. Animal Planet's ninth consecutive answer to the Super Bowl is streaming from the locker room every pregame frolick, nibble, nap and prance with a behind the collar peek at the adoptable canine action. 

Who will win the Puppy Bowl battle of ultimate cuteness? Hardly seems responsible to wager a guess until you watch how they play for hours and hours and hours. And hours. 

PUPPY CAM! (click for maximum delight)


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WHEN, WHY, WHO

"Puppy Bowl XI" — providing national exposure for animal apoption — airs Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 from 3-5 p.m. in all time zones, and will loop until 3 a.m. 84 animals were invovled in the making of the show: 63 puppy athletes and 21 halftime kittens from 21 animal shelters across the country. Also be on the lookout for a hamster-piloted blimp, hedgehog cheerleaders and the introduction of a  "puppy hot tub."

GAMEPLAY MEETS ADOPTION

Gameplay mimics a football game with touchdowns scored on a 10-by-19-foot gridiron carpet by crossing the goal line with a chew toy. The MVP award is given to the Most Valuable Pup. Obviously. AP reports that while many of the puppy players have been adopted come airtime (since the show is filmed months ahead) the intention is to show that animals like the ones on the "field" can be found at any shelter at any time.  TysonDaphneSacha and Jenny and others may still need homes, they say.

LOCAL LASSIES

"Fumble," last year's MVP, was a local pup from from spcaLA. This year's local hero is a female Terrier named "Blitz." LAist reports that the puppy from Long Beach's P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center "flew to New York City at just 6 weeks old to tape the 2013 Puppy Bowl. Upon her return, she was adopted by a family in Los Angeles."

GAME DAY PUPPIES

STARTING LINEUP PROFILES (via Animal Planet)



  • Name: Althea
  • Breed(s): Australian Shepherd/Catahoula Mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 9 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Loves to play and snuggle
  • Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


  • Name: Bessie
  • Breed(s): Catahoula Leopard Dog mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 13 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: A funny girl who always keeps people pinned
  • Adoption Organization: Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL
  • Name: Biscuit (Player Profile Video)
  • Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 12 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Her mom is Julia Roberts so she is destined for greatness
  • Adoption Organization: The Sato Project
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Blitz
  • Breed(s): Terrier mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 11 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Rode a plane, subway, AND a taxi in 24 hours
  • Adoption Organization: SPCALA
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Butterscotch
  • Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 12 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Rescued off of a beach in Puerto Rico called "Dead Dog Beach"
  • Adoption Organization: The Sato Project
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Cash
  • Breed(s): Pit Bull
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 15 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Loves belly rubs
  • Adoption Organization: Greene Street Animal Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Copper
  • Breed(s): Dachshund/English Pit Bull mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 9 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Loves to shred paper
  • Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


Name: Daisy
Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier
Sex: Female
Age: 12 weeks 
Fun Fact: Likes to wrestle with her two brothers
Adoption Organization: Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue
Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


Name: Eli
Breed(s): German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix
Sex: Male
Age: 10 weeks 
Fun Fact: Favorite toy is from Dunkin Donuts
Adoption Organization: Bergen County Animal Shelter
Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Elias (Player Profile Video)
  • Breed(s): Pit Bull
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 12 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Was born in a Los Angeles animal shelter
  • Adoption Organization: Angel City Pit Bulls
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Fitz
  • Breed(s): Catahoula mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 10 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Loves to pull his brother's tail
  • Adoption Organization: All 4 The Dogs Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Gunther
  • Breed(s): Pit Bull/ Hound mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 13 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Amazingly quiet and a really good cuddler
  • Adoption Organization: Pitty Love Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


  • Name: Jenny
  • Breed(s): Pit Bull/Hound mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 13 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: A very sweet girl
  • Adoption Organization: Pitty Love Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Juniper
  • Breed(s): Great Pyrenees
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 12 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Is both a lover AND a fighter
  • Adoption Organization: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Koda
  • Breed(s): Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 4 months 
  • Fun Fact: Expert at riding the NYC subway and was voted cutest pup in Hell's Kitchen.
  • Adoption Organization: GROWL
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Lenny
  • Breed(s): Catahoula Leopard Dog mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 12 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: He likes to sleep on peoples' heads. It's something about the neck area, very warm.
  • Adoption Organization: Gimme Shelter
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


  • Name: Masquerade 
  • Breed(s): Catahoula Leopard dog mix
  • Sex: Female 
  • Age: 13 weeks
  • Adoption Organization: Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Nala
  • Breed(s): Japanese Chin
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 8 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Sweet and sassy, but she can also be very fierce with her brother Simba
  • Adoption Organization: Tails of Love Animal Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Pearl
  • Breed(s): Australian Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 9 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: A gorgeous blonde
  • Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL


  • Name: Shadow
  • Breed(s): Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 9 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: He is a really soft super snuggler 
  • Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

  • Name: Simba
  • Breed(s): Japanese Chin
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 8 weeks 
  • Fun Fact: Very playful and confident with other dogs
  • Adoption Organization: Tails of Love Animal Rescue
  • Image Credit: Keith Barraclough | DCL

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