This is Bubbles, a member of this year’s Puppy Bowl’s Piglet Pep Squad. HI BUBBLES! Buzzfeed got to visit the studio in Manhattan where Puppy Bowl was filmed and hang out with the puppies, kittens, and piglets participating in Puppy Bowl VIII.
I have several thoughts about this. First, why wasn’t Vegansaurus invited? Megan Rascal single-handedly runs our NYC HQ and that girl loves pigs. Yes, the likelihood of her putting a piglet in her purse and making a run for it would’ve been high, but can you blame her [Ed. note: I would do it. -Megan]? Look at those FACES.
Second, these piglets come from Ross Mill Farm, and that is unfortunate. Puppy Bowl puppies are all shelter dogs. Puppy Bowl kittens are all shelter kittens. Why not borrow piglets from a farm sanctuary? Or, you know, not include animals people can’t adopt? I am not complaining about pictures of adorable piglets! But I don’t like to put up photos of zoo animals, however devastatingly cute, because zoos are (mostly!) animal prisons, and I don’t like Animal Planet’s encouragement, however implicit, to buy piglets.
You guys, my enthusiasm for Puppy Bowl is dampened. This is depressing! Yes, Ross Mill Farm appears to keep excellent facilities; they seem to have a process in place to screen potential pig-owners, including a fostering program and an adoption program, which is awesome! But they also breed pigs for pets, while encouraging adoption. I’m torn. One thumb up? Man I hate having a conscience.
[all photos by Amy Sly for Buzzfeed]
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]
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Let’s get ready to PUPPIES!
All the players in Puppy Bowl VII are both totally adorable and totally adoptable. Who are your picks for MVP? Does anyone else dream about being the ref? PUPPIES I LOVE YOU. See you in two weeks!