Go Puppies!

Go Puppies!
January 29, 2014 by Sandy Robins

Before this year’s team of rookie shelter pups hit the field for Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL X, the coaches enlisted a top-notch and very special training staff to get the puppies motivated and ready for the big game – First Lady Michelle Obama and America’s top dogs, Bo and Sunny. Joined by 12 first-and second-grade students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, the First Lady, Bo and Sunny put the puppies through their paces to make sure they were ready to compete on game day… and be healthy for life. While everyone knows it’s important for children and families to be active to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s important for the four-legged set, too. Inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to overcome childhood obesity within a generation, Animal Planet wanted PUPPY BOWL’s athletic pooches to be ambassadors for canine fitness and fun for  the whole family. Encouraging kids to exercise and play with their pet is a great way for them and their furry family members to be active and have fun. To see First Lady Michelle Obama, Bo and Sunny in action, and how the puppies fair in their championship battle for cuteness and barking rights, catch the 10th anniversary of edition of PUPPY BOWL on Sunday, February 2, from 3-5 PM (ET/PT) and repeating all day and night with exciting new content every hour!

“It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This year’s pups showed us that getting active and lapping up plenty of water are important ways to keep our bodies healthy and energized. And as our family has seen with Bo and Sunny, going outside to walk and play with your pet is a perfect way to get moving and have some fun every day.”

After picking their jowls up off the ground when they were introduced to their celebrity trainers, 13 rambunctious pups from shelters and rescue groups including The Washington Animal Rescue League, ASPCA® (New York), Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue (Pennsylvania) and Furever Dachshund Rescue (Rhode Island) were ready to get down to business. Bo and Sunny lined the pups up for practice on the White House South Lawn to run through tire and tackle drills, hone their ball and chew toy skills, play fetch with the kids and of course take a requisite water break with the First Lady followed by a nap in the grass.

To learn more about the puppies, pet adoption, and everything PUPPY BOWL  , go to www.AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl. And to read more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative, the web address is www.LetsMove.gov for details on ways to get involved and improve your family’s health.

As far as I am concerned, when it comes to football, the puppies are far more fun to watch!

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