What could be better than Animal Planet’s "Puppy Bowl"? Well, how about seeing it happen live? How about seeing your own pooch participate? The Austin Humane Society and Yard Bar have teamed up for a two-venue event this year that will have lots of adorable pups rolling around — some of them adoptable.
Austin’s version of the Puppy Bowl this weekend is a two-parter that will allow you to attend one or both segments.
The first is a tailgate at the Austin Humane Society. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 1, adoption fees will be discounted to $175. While you’re falling in love with your new furry friend, you can also taste bites from local restaurants participating in the second annual tailgate food competition or shop from Austin-area vendors. At 12:30, there will be a "puppy player prediction" for the winner of Super Bowl 54. Will the participating pooches root for the Chiefs or the 49ers?
Then, the main event. The second half of the Austin Puppy Bowl is at Yard Bar, where a real, true puppy bowl will kick off from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Expect an "incredible match-up of powerful pups taking to the gridiron in an epic display of uninhibited cuteness, including a half-time show of adorable, adoptable AHS pups," according to the Facebook event post.
In other words, puppies will play football, and it will be really, really cute. Your own little fido can participate if he or she is 30 lbs. or less. To that end, fork over $35, and you’ll secure a spot for your small dog in the big game. Plus, you’ll receive a custom pup player card, team bandanna for your dog to wear and one free drink ticket for you courtesy of Tito's Handmade Vodka and New Belgium Brewing.
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Don’t have a dog that’s ready to rumble? That’s OK, too. Spectators can watch the gridiron romp for free.
Watch, and also try to resist the sight of those lovable canines. Celebrity "ruffarees" will make the call on Puppy Bowl penalties that include such serious infractions as illegal watering, unnecessary cuteness, unpuppy-like conduct, ruffing the passer and illegal sniffing in the back. We can guess what that last one entails.
The Puppy Bowl is a rain or shine event. Austin Humane Society is located at 124 W. Anderson Lane, Yard Bar at 6700 Burnet Road. (They’re about a seven-minute drive away from each other.)
For more information, visit austinhumanesociety.org.