Animal Planet holds the annual Puppy Bowl, a competition for dogs. The 13th edition of this event took place on Feb. 5. The first Puppy Bowl in 2005 was a huge success with 5.6 million viewers, and the event has seen its popularity grow year after year. It is also one of the most watched cable shows on the Sunday the Super Bowl of American football is held.
This year’s event saw the competitors come from animal shelters looking for new owners and homes. Twelve million viewers saw 78 puppies from 34 rescue shelters across 22 states participate in the game. The athletes were selected among puppies 12 to 21 weeks old. They also needed to be properly socialized and vaccinated, and meet height and weight requirements because of the size of the playing field. They earned points by carrying lots of toys spread on the field. Profiles of the puppies were posted on Animal Planet’s homepage, allowing easy access to information for prospective adoptive families.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)