As all you sports-lovers out there (and just about everyone else) know, we’re less than a week away from the BIGGEST game of the year! Normally, I don’t understand the human fascination with watching athletes run into each other on TV and fight over a weird-shaped ball (especially when said human has a top receiver—or, at least, retriever—ready to run routes in the backyard all day long). But on February 5, even I will be skipping my normal Sunday afternoon nap to snag a spot in front of the flat screen. Maybe it’s the thrill of seeing the young, unseasoned athletes rise to the pressure of the national spotlight; maybe it’s their stamina, panting and drooling their way through the pain. Or maybe it’s the pomp and circumstance surrounding the world’s most impressive display of athleticism—the tailgate parties, celebrity fans, cheerleaders, the spectacular halftime show, the blimp.
Of the projected starters, here are our picks for the shelter puppies to watch this Sunday on Puppy Bowl VIII! (Wait…you didn’t think I was talking about the football game, did you?)
Fumble is a 9-week old Chihuahua/Terrier mix from LA. Personally, we think his name’s just meant to throw the other pups off the scent. Watch for sneaky moves from this California hustler.
Australian Shepherd mix Abilene‘s eyes convey an intensity well beyond her 10 weeks. We predict she’s in it to win it for her Empire State of New York.
Ten-week-old Hunter from Go Boxer Rescue tells Animal Planet he wants to go into politics—which tells us he’s an ambitious and calculating contender.
Friday may look like a happy-go-lucky kinda pup, but at 17 weeks, this Maltese/Poodle mix has an experience advantage over much of the field—not to mention a ‘do to make Gisele say, “Tom Brady who?”
Lucie, a Pit Bull/Collie from Pennsylvania, may look sleepy and docile in her mug shot, but check out the size of those paws! This 11-week-old powerhouse will be a force to be reckoned with in the arena.
A 10-and-a-half-week belle from Chattahoochee who leaves her Southern hospitality on the sideline—we just can’t wait to see Chihuahua/Terrier mix Eurika‘s touchdown dance.
Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments section and vote for YOUR favorite in the poll to the right! See the rest of the starting lineup from Animal Planet.
Kickoff is at 3 p.m. E/P on Sunday, Feb. 5; you won’t want to miss a minute of this year’s Puppy Bowl, including the new Piggy Pep Squad, the Kitty Halftime Show, the hampster-manned blimp and the ever-popular water-bowl cam.