Look, we can't vouch for your love of the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks. But we can bet money that you're a fan of puppies. The Puppy Bowl, a time-honored tradition for people who love dogs and could go either way on football, is making its 11th appearance on Animal Planet this weekend.
And while the cuddly championship has been pre-recorded to air at 1 p.m. local time before Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, Animal Planet and the Arizona Humane Society have teamed up to bring the real deal to downtown Phoenix.
Starting Thursday, January 29, Chloe's Corner Cafe at CityScape will become the "Puppy Bowl Cafe" (fingers crossed this becomes permanent). The venue will operate as usual throughout Super Bowl weekend, but it will offer the added bonus frolicking canines.
The dogs will be provided by the Arizona Humane Society and dropped off at each day at 10 a.m. Visitors can watch them more or less re-enact the cuteness that will be televised in Puppy Bowl XI on a miniature football field set up on the patio of The Corner.
The lineup will consist roughly 25 puppies aged between 9 and 16 weeks and ranging in breed from labs and shepherds to chihuahuas and pit bulls. Although these aren't the same pups participating in the actual televised Puppy Bowl (frankly, we think these ones are cuter), we imagine there will be no shortage of fans.
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The puppies will be on the field till 5 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All of the dogs will be available for adoption, however the adoption process will not start until 3 p.m. on Sunday when they have been returned to the Campus for Compassion.
This event is free to attend and photo opportunities with the four-legged players will be available. More details, including pictures of the visiting puppy players, can be found at www.azhumane.org.