Puppy Bowl kickoff time is here!Â It is hard to believe this is the seventh year forÂ TheÂ Animal Planet'sÂ annualÂ Bowl Game. This Bowl Game has become a beloved countdown show to the actual game millions of fans are awaiting, Super Bowl XLV.Â Kickoff time for Puppy Bowl 2011 is February 6 at 3:00PMÂ on Animal Planet television.
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What started seven years ago as a network space-filler is now an annual event watched by more than 8.6 million people. Executive Producer Melinda Toporoff said no one expected such a tremendous public reaction.
"It's really a call to action," Toporoff said. "We want to raise awareness for shelters everywhere and get more puppies adopted."
Animal Planet has actually been pretty successful on that front.Â They have helped get over 250 puppies adopted, allÂ in the past seven years of games.
The starting lineup includes Thelma, an 11-week Rat Terrier/Lab/Hound mix, who "drives" a convertible. There is also CB, a 16-week Shih Tzu/Beagle mix, who loves the Sunday crossword puzzles!Â CB will surely be a front runner for the MVP or the Viewer's Choice award! Meet the adorable puppies in the Puppy Bowl 2011 starting lineup in the video below.
Photo Credit: Peace, Love & Animals via flickr