Welcome the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl IX! »
Puppy Bowl is back! We love Puppy Bowl, because puppies + adoption = television GOLD, and we are super-happy to alert you to this year’s starting lineup. The Puppy Bowl IX players are here! Let’s size them up!
My favorites this year are Daffodil, of Harley’s Haven Rescue in Souderton, Pa., because look at THAT FACE. She is like the platonic ideal of That Puppy in the Window and I just want to make her happy.
Finally, ol’ Lenny here, from Gimme Shelter in Sagaponack, N.Y., because he looks tough. It’s hard to look tough when you’re an itty-bitty puppy with tiny milk teeth and awkwardly oversized paws.
Who are your favorites? I’ve never picked an MVP, but that doesn’t matter when you’ve got a football field full of puppies. Puppy Bowl IX airs at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, on Animal Planet.
Update: Blitz is totally going to kick A because her name is Blitz and she’s wild-eyed! -Megan
[Photos by Keith Barraclough | DCL via Animal Planet]
Holy crap, this looks intense. This is the preview for Street Dogs of South Central, a documentary that aired on Animal Planet this past Saturday. It’s narrated by Queen Latifah (U-N-I-T-Y!) and follows, “a mother and her pups’ extraordinary journey through an American urban jungle.”
I didn’t catch it on Saturday, did any of you? Good god though, I don’t know if I can handle it. I promise you the preview doesn’t really have anything graphic, it’s just like…mean fucking streets. It looks like Boyz n the Hood but with puppies.
I can’t tell if Animal Planet will be airing this movie again but I hope so. You can follow Street Dogs on Facebook for updates on the pups in the doc and info on when it’s playing next.
Valentine’s Weekend Adoptathon at the SF SPCA! »
Looking for a child or romantic partner, but too busy/tired/misanthropic/low-wage-earning? Room for love in your heart, but no space for another human in your life? You need a pet, my friends! And just in time for Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day, and Palentine’s Day*), the SF SPCA is hosting an Adoptathon! Get the pet you need at the price you can afford! Attend an animal-behavior workshop! Get a tattoo of your pet! Meet an Animal Planet celebrity!
Beginning Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., attend a cocktail party at the SF SPCA Adoption Center hosted by Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell. Ken Een of Frisco Tattoo will doing animal-themed tattoos! The next day, Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can attend Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Mojo Workshop, and get his help finding the adoptable animal for you.
Throughout the weekend, the SF SPCA will offer reduced adoption fees on all cats and dogs over six months of age: $10 on Friday, $11 on Saturday, and $12 on Sunday. Yay, pets! Go find emotional fulfillment in a mammal that won’t ever lose interest in you, or find you anything but perfect.
*Feb. 13 and 15, respectively.
[photo of actual SF SPCA kitties by Nyxy via Flickr]
Gothamist has behind-the-scenes photos of Puppy Bowl VIII! You guys, this is like getting preview passes to the opera! Or is that just exciting to me? Whatever, PUPPIES! Look at my girl Brandy, all tuckered out from a big day of clobbering the competition! Brandy for MVP!
You’ve got to check out all the photos. Best news of all: This year, “a piggy pep squad will ‘ham’ it up on the sidelines and squeal with delight for their favorite pups.” The Puppy Bowl was made for me and Megan Rascal! And, fine, everyone else who loves puppies and kittens and pigs (a.k.a. everyone with a SOUL).
Double-bonus: This preview video features about three seconds of the pigs!
[Can’t see the video? Watch it at Vegansaurus.com!]
Puppy Bowl VIII! Be there, Sunday at 3 p.m. EST on Animal Planet!
[photo by Katie Sokoler for Gothamist]
Vegans taking over: Animal Planet! »
Vegan Treats is going to dominate Animal Planet with a new reality show! According to Hollywood Reporter, the show, Sweet Avenger, will be out in the summer. Who’s excited?! Hopefully I will have cable by then (lord knows how I’ve survived this long).
The show is set to focus on Vegan Treats owner Danielle Konya—her personal life and the bakery. Hot damn, look at that picture! I didn’t realize Bethlehem, Penn. was home of the vegan baddass. I’ll have to go north* of Philadelphia a little more often! Actually, I am still planning my Vegan Treats pilgrimage, and I think I’ve convinced my sister to go with me. OMJesus maybe if I go now, I’ll be on TV! I’m already so Hollywood, I hope you guys can handle it.
From the Hollywood Reporter: “‘Animal Planet made a big brand statement with Whale Wars,’ said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. ‘Now with Sweet Avenger, muscular conservation has a deliciously different new face.’” Muscular conservation? The word is VEGAN, honey. Still cute though. Bring it on!
*It’s north, apparently, not west as I previously said. I’m terrible at math.
Puppy Bowl wrap-up! »
Animal Planet reported record highs in Puppy Bowl viewership! The premier drew in 1.7 million people and the total viewers for the entire day of re-airings was 9.2 million. Yowza! That’s kind of hilarious. I watched for a bit and it was mesmerizing. The kitty halftime show was a must-see! CB, Jonas’ pick, was declared MVP! Big deal—Calvin should have won. But whatevs.
I wanted to know if any of the players were adopted so I did a little detective work for you guys—because I’m the best—but despite being basically Sam Spade, I couldn’t find much about most of the puppies’ current adoption status. The main thing is that the Puppy Bowl was filmed in October! This is shocking! Scandal! I thought it was live. By now, over three months later, I think most of the puppies have already been adopted and have been taken off petfinder. Here are the ones I did find info for: Big Red's adoption is “pending application approval.” Jack was adopted. Mae was adopted. And then according to people on Facebook, CB was adopted. But I’m willing to bet all the Puppy Bowl stars have been adopted by now because, hello! They’re adorbs!
[photo via Animal Planet]