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Breaking: Puppy Bowl IX to include hedgehog cheerleaders

Jan 7, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT


It’s hard to believe that the Puppy Bowl turns nine this February — again it will be shown on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, prior to the big game between San Francisco and New England (oops … forgot the spoiler alert!). Of course among the rule changes in Puppy Bowl IX will be stricter enforcement of roughing the quarterback, as seen below. There is just no room for this kind of brutality in the Puppy Bowl.


The big news, however, is that Animal Planet is employing hedgehog cheerleaders for the big game. In the past they’ve used chickens and piglets, among other animals, so it was time for a change.

Plus … three words, my friends: Puppy hot tub.

The Wrap TV:

The latest incarnation of the animal kingdom’s most-anticipated sporting event is receiving a few tweaks this year. In a first for the nine-year-old Puppy Bowl, the battling canines will be encouraged from the sidelines by a squadron of hedgehog cheerleaders. In another first, new Puppy Cam technology will put viewers on the field with “in-your-face” shots of snouts, tails and paws, while an off-field camera will capture substitutes warming up for the game in a special puppy hot tub.

As always, my Puppy Bowl viewing party is open to the public (no cops).

  1. Josiah Schlatter - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Does this not seem dangerous?!?!

    • pigwidgeon57 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Why would it be dangerous? Hedgehogs are not aggressive by nature. They are not like porcupines (their quills do not detach or stick into anything, nor are they barbed), and they are kept safely apart from the puppies. I have two dogs and five hedgehogs, and while I don’t allow them to interact unsupervised, they get along famously during cuddle time.