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Puppy Bowl VI
Let the games begin!
My dog Bugsy tries to entice Sadie to play ball.

In my family, we joke that the Super Bowl is similar to a religious holiday. By that we mean that we honor traditions, spend time together as a family and eat large amounts of wonderful food. We stop short of considering it a spiritual experience, but we do love the party atmosphere and always hope for a great game.

 
Since not everyone is a football fan, it’s nice to have alternatives when so much of the country is obsessed with the coin toss, the halftime show, the commercials, and, oh yeah, even the game itself.
 
Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl is a great option. (For you football fans, note that terms such as “option” are clearly on the brain this week. I don’t mean to, but lately, I say things like “safety,” “lateral,” “stats,” “snap,” “records,” “pocket,” “audible,” and, of course, “wildcat” and “spot” in contexts that make their usage questionable.) The project earned the American Humane Association’s “No animals were harmed” disclaimer to put at the end of their credits for the sixth year in a row.
 
This year’s action is on a mini-football field and in addition to dogs, there are cats, rabbits and hamsters. The bunnies are cheerleaders and the hamsters make their appearance in a blimp. Naturally, all of these animals are “Saints” so it’s surprising that no “Colts” appear in the show.
 
For great fun seeing dogs play around and be their adorable selves, check it out. It premieres on Animal Planet on February 7 from 3-5 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific time) and is scheduled for five repeat showings.
 
 

 

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.

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