Now in its ninth year, the Puppy Bowl is the soft cuddly alternative to the Super Bowl. And thank God. We wait in anticipation for the Bowl to begin each year, and enjoy the puppies frolicking and running around so much.
It’s not all fun and barks, either. “The puppy players viewed me more as fresh meat than a ref last year,” explains returning referee Dan Schachner. “It took a few hard-hitting plays for them to realize their overwhelming cuteness and basset hound eyes wouldn’t affect my judgment to fairly officiate this game.” (Animal Planet, if you ever need a new Puppy Bowl ref, let me know!)
This year, we’re excited to reveal that the Puppy Bowl will now include … drumroll please … hedgehog cheerleaders! And while we don’ have any photos of the ‘hogs in their outfits yet, I’ve created an artistic rendering of what they might look like, above. Now, don’t forget to watch Puppy Bowl IX on Animal Planet starting at 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 3, ya hear? [MNN]
This is Reginald the Persian kitten. He’s getting a bath, which is bad enough. But after the bath, he’ll be treated to a special blow dry. Whether he likes it or not. Ugh, Reginald! [YouTube]
Sometimes dreams do come true, like the time that I wrote about Ernie “The Turtleman” Brown Jr. and he came to our office and hung out and visited with us all day. The Turtleman, if you’re unfamiliar, is the host and star of “Call of the Wildman,” an awesome show on Animal Planet. In it, The Turtleman traps all manner of wild animals and safely removes them from people’s yards, houses and swamps (some people have swamps). His catchphrase is “Live action!” which he will shout at you with a joy and exuberance most of us reserve for our favorite bands or gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Not Turtleman. He lives every day like this, and watching him catch possums, or remove snakes, is totally entertaining!
We talked to The Turtleman about turtles, life in his native Kentucky, and asked him for dating and relationship advice. Because, we figured, chasing turtles all those years is bound to teach you a thing or two. See what he had to say, after the jump!
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Hi, My name is Julie and I’m a Turtleman-a-holic. I’ve just spent the last three hours watching Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman,” and I am hooked. The show follows “The Turtleman” Ernie Brown Jr., a middle-aged guy who lives with his mom and spends his days rooting out wild animals from his friends’ and neighbors’ properties. His specialty is snapping turtles, but he will also help capture and release possums, raccoons and snakes. On one recent episode, The Turtleman humanely removed a large family of rats from a house using peanut butter sandwiches and mint (rats love peanut butter sandwiches but hate the smell of mint — who knew!?). Turtleman has a catch phrase — “live action” — and a posse, the Turtle Crew, who help him capture and save the animals. So yes, basically, we’re in love. [Animal Planet]
So, Feb. 5 is the Super Bowl, which means the Puppy Bowl will also roll into town the same day for those of us who care way more about cute pups than pigskins. The annual festival of wagging tales and furry faces kicks off on the Animal Planet on Sunday Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. EST, and this year, rather than a typical kitten cheering section, the show will feature a piggy pep squad. So yes, we’ll be watching. Click through to see the starting lineup at this year’s Puppy Bowl!
We love sloths, and we couldn’t be happier that the slow little buggers will be getting their own one hour television show on Animal Planet, debuting this Saturday evening. Mark your calendars!