A Puppy Bowl training camp with Michelle Obama, Bo and Sunny
already been on Fallon, Leno, Letterman and Colbert, and now First Lady
Michelle Obama will make an appearance in the Puppy Bowl, Animal
Planet's consistently adorable and increasingly popular
counter-programming to the Super Bowl.
The network announced this
week that Obama hosted a "training camp" at the White House, attended
by first dogs Bo and Sunny, 12 first- and second-graders from D.C.'s
Harriet Tubman Elementary School and 13 undoubtedly cute shelter
According to an Animal Planet news release, it was a very busy practice session: "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."
The event was organized as part of the first lady's "Let's Move!" initiative against childhood obesity, and encouraged frolicking with canine friends as a fun way for youngsters to stay active.
was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White
House!" said Obama. "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."
Highlights from the so-called
training camp will appear during this Sunday's Puppy Bowl X, which airs
from 3 to 5 p.m. ET/PT — but you probably already knew that — and will
be repeated throughout the day.
most eyeballs in the country will be fixed on one channel Sunday,
what’s a TV rival to do? Counter-program! With adorable animals!‘PUPPY BOWL X’
2 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet
pups! Penguin cheerleaders! Sideline reporter Meep the Bird! And, at
halftime, a parachuting kitten and a keyboard-playing cat. Take that,
Kitten Bowl!‘KITTEN BOWL’
11 a.m. Sunday, Hallmark Channel
tumbling kittens (71 of them!) play with mini-footballs, toy mice,
balls of string and probably their own tails. Guest (human) celebs, too.‘FISH BOWL’
5 p.m. Sunday, Nat Geo Wild
You’ve heard of single-camera dramas? This one stars a goldfish (named Goldie, natch) in a bowl. Plus cats, kids and more.