March Madness is in full effect, but humans aren't the only ones who can get in on the action! Watching pups frolic and play definitely tops my list of all-time favorite things to do. I've rounded up a few fun pics of dogs doing what they do best — playing ball! Get to clicking.
From Valentine's Day to Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl to the Puppy Bowl, there are a lot of exciting events going on this month. But beyond the festivities are some other awareness holidays to keep the health and safety of your pet in mind. Click through my slideshow for February's must-have goodies!
The Puppy Bowl is this Sunday, and Ref. Andrew is back as the game's referee! We were lucky enough to talk to him last year, so to get pumped up for the game, check out part two of our interview with Ref. Andrew. We already learned a bit of background on the pups and the referee in Part I, now let's hear more about the action, including last year's "streaker" (!) on the field, in the interview below.
PetSugar: What do you say to yourself when you get up that morning?
Ref. Andrew: I look myself in the mirror for a long time, in the eye, and I say: 'This is your calling, this is what you're meant to do.' It's what I'm born into, my destiny.
PS: Do you have any secret weapons on hand in case things get a little hairy?
RA: Just experience and I consult the Puppy Bowl referee guidebook. I like to keep a little peanut butter behind the ears sometimes, but otherwise it's just my strong bond with the dogs and they know who's boss when I'm out there.
PS: How many pups play at a time?
RA: There are 10 to 12 dogs out there but we do have substitutions. You'll see that on the field, if a puppy's acting up and has too many penalties or is being a dirty dog, I have to eject him from the game. We give everyone a fair shot and I tell you, the puppies we have this year are some of the cutest but also you'll see there's so much action, touchdowns being scored, tackles, it's an exciting year for Puppy Bowl.
PS: Which penalty do you see most and how do you keep order?
RA: There's two: The first is unnecessary ruffness (r-u-f-f, of course) and then the other one is a personal foul. As you can imagine, there are a lot of foul things on that field with puppies. But I throw my yellow flag on it — it's a dirty job but someone's got to do it.
Learn about the special guest performer before Puppy Bowl, kitty halftime, and last year's "streaker" (!) when you read more
The Puppy Bowl is this Sunday, and Ref. Andrew is back as the game's referee! We were lucky enough to talk to him last year, so to get pumped up for the game, check out our interview with Ref. Andrew, who had tons to say about what he describes as "puppies pretending to play football in a miniature football stadium with 'Puppy Penalties,' 'Fido First Downs,' and 'Terrier Tackles' — it's the cutest two hours of television you could ever ask for."
We agree and will absolutely tune into Animal Planet on Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. EST to the action on the gridiron. Find out what it's like behind the scenes and start the first of our two-part interview below.
PetSugar: How did you get this job?
Ref. Andrew: I'd say that it's very similar to American Idol where they fill arenas with potential hopefuls that want to be the ref . . . but, in reality, I was already working for Animal Planet. I like to think I was born into the position. Some people are teachers, some people are firemen, and I referee adorable little puppies pretending to play football — it was meant to be.
PS: What's your practice like in the off-season?
RA: It's a strict regimen. I mostly eat carbohydrates and sugars to stay fueled and I train in dog parks with big dogs so that I'm ready for the little ones. I've got a really strict exercise regimen as well — gotta be in tip-top shape for the puppies.
Learn more about the "athletes" themselves when you read more
It's almost that time again:
Super Bowl Puppy Bowl day! This annual tradition is one of my favorites — hours of doggies playing? Sign me up, please. While it's hard to think about anything but those adorable furry faces, brush up on your Puppy Bowl facts in this quiz.
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