Tia Cupps Does 'Puppy Bowl'

Please welcome today's guest blogger, the estimable Tia Cupps, my mentor in all things tea, who's been kind enough to weigh in on today's "Puppy Bowl" action from the lair back East, from which she conducts black-tea ops for the federal government (with the help of some kitty pals).

Take it away, Tia!

Puppy_Bowl.jpgIt's Super Bowl Sunday and that means it's time for "Puppy Bowl VI"!


I've settled down to watch with a lovely cup of Constant Comment -- the blogger's favorite tea.


Yet another bunch of cute puppies takes the field at Animal Planet Stadium -- I certainly hope this wasn't live since I'm not sure anyone could have gotten to Silver Springs in all this snow. But it's always sunny for the Puppy Bowl.

(HCTV: "Puppy Bowl" is taped in October in beautiful, then-autumnal Silver Springs.)


This year, I'm loving the (wagging) tailgaters in the parking lot, complete with barbecue grill with goodies on it and an antique TV with rabbit ears. And speaking of which: bunny cheerleaders this year -- fuzzy and literally laid back. I'm surprised they didn't go after the pom poms.


Piloting the Twizzlers' Blimp are scruffy-looking hamsters that look more distracted than the half-time kittens. I must say the addition of rodents has put some real teeth into the game this year. Now they need to add some reptiles in a sports bar watching the game and we'll have all bases covered. Yes, I mean lounge lizards!


The puppies are on the field and it's every dog for him- or herself. Why are there no penalties for humping? Note to Animal Planet: 86 the slippery plastic logo since there seem to be a lot of skidding puppies today.


This year's batch of commercials is a lot of fun. I thought the Subaru commercial with the dogs trying to park in the parking lot was well done (and so true). A big shout out to Bissell and Pledge -- I can most certainly vouch for the efficacy of the Pro Heat II as well as the Pledge pet hair remover (which would be a perfect addition to my arsenal of cleaning suppliesPuppy_Bowl_Garbanzo_Andrew_Schechter.jpg if only it were refillable).


But the commercial that made me laugh out loud was the Pedigree one with doggie dentures! Very well done and only slightly creepy.

(HCTV: Any opinions or product endorsements from Tia Cupps do not necessarily reflect the purchasing habits or preferences of HCTV, especially since HCTV does not have furry pets -- but would be grateful if anyone has an extra Num Nums the Zhu Zhu pet hamster lying around. Bonus points for including the hamster ball.)


Kitten Half-Time was as adorable as usual and I'm glad they've added moving toys to the "stage." As I was cooing over the kittens Tetley, one of my own charming cats, suddenly appeared and suggested it was dinner time. I convinced her to wait for the next commercial which she did with great reluctance and a lot of petting.


The pups seemed to run out of steam in the second half, with several penalties for napping in the end zone, puppy substitutions and a great deal of sloshing about in the water bowls.


All in all a satisfying game. I noticed that the puppies were from a variety of shelters, most outside the area. I don't remember seeing a disclaimer about where the puppies go from here.

(HCTV: We hope that all the puppies have been adopted by now. But we do know for sure that Jake and Duncan have new homes.)


Ah well! Another "Puppy Bowl: is in the record books and ...


... the MVP, Jake the Chihuahua-Pug mix, truly deserved his award for showpuppyship if nothing else. He's one speedy boy!


Off to warm up the kettle for another cuppa and try to watch the Super Bowl to see if it can measure up.