Canine athletes from four regional nonprofit animal rescues will be among the star players in Puppy Bowl XVII, which will be broadcast on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. on Animal Planet and the Discovery+ streaming service.
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The annual event, which airs the same day as the Super Bowl, pits Team Fluff and Team Ruff for the Lombardy trophy, with the standout athlete earning the title of MVP – Most Valuable Pup. And while the rules of the game often seem to be improvised as the game progresses, the event is less concerned with scoring points and more focused on encouraging the adoption of furry friends from reputable organizations.
Local representation in this year’s Puppy Bowl includes dogs from three Fairfield County animal shelters – Luna, the Beagle/Basset Hound mix from Danbury Animal Welfare Society; Scout, the Pitbull/Norwegian Elkhound mix from Norwalk’s Paws CT; and Sky, the Cattle dog/Golden Retriever mix from Ridgefield’s ROAR Animal Rescue. Westchester’s sole representative is Chorizo, the Dachshund / American Staffordshire Terrier from Paws Crossed in Elmsford.
Super Bowl Sunday is about a lot more than just football — there’s the catchy commercials (and the teaser trailers for said commercials), the halftime show, and loads of go-to game day snacks. But there’s another big game happening this weekend, and it’s not the Los Angeles Rams facing off against the Cincinnati Bengals. February 13 is all about Team Ruff versus Team Fluff, aka the annual Puppy Bowl.
The Puppy Bowl returns again for 2022 with two teams of shelter and rescue dogs competing against each other to see which canine team will reign supreme and nab the “Lombardy” Trophy. The furry competitors will also be joined by very human hosts, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, who will also serve as “coaches” to the puppies on the sidelines.
So if you want to catch these rough and tumble pups play inside the model stadium and see who will win MVP (Most Valuable Puppy), these are all the ways you can watch Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XVIII online, and even how you can stream the adorable event for free.
When is the Puppy Bowl 2022?
Puppy Bowl XVIII airs on February 13 with a pre-show featuring furry hosts at 1 p.m. ET. The big “game” then kicks off at 2 p.m. ET and runs for three hours before the real Super Bowl starts. As previously mentioned, this year’s human hosts will be Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, returning for the second year in a row.
The puppies come from 67 shelters across 33 states, with 118 dogs total playing with sports-themed toys and trying to score “goals” for their team. Unfortunately, this year’s Kitten Bowl counter program on the Hallmark channel has been cancelled, but you can still watch the popular Kitty Half-Time Show, which features kittens playing for 30 minutes with laser pens, balls of yarn, and other toys.
How to Watch Puppy Bowl 2022 on TV
The Puppy Bowl is airing on Animal Planet, as it has for the past 18 years, so if you have a cable package (like this one from DIRECTV or Verizon Fios), you’ll be able to watch Puppy Bowl XVIII live on TV.
Puppy Bowl 2022 Live Stream: How to Watch the Puppy BowlOnline
Looking for a Puppy Bowl live stream? There are a few ways to watch the 2022 Puppy Bowl online without cable.