Many an event has famously riffed on the "-chella" part of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, and "-dance" on the end of a film fest's name? There've been a few adjacent fests that have spun off part of the Sundance name.
Likewise, Bowls aplenty spring up around Super Bowl. Guac Bowl, yes, and fashion bowls and that squee-summoning Animal Planet canine-stravaganza known as Puppy Bowl. The event, which puts a bunch of fluffy Fidos on a "football field" filled with toys, has met with such a high level of enthusiasm that it is hard to for anyone to speak of Puppy Bowl with balling one's fists near one's fast and squealing.
The counter-programming phenomenon marks its tenth year on Sunday, Feb. 2, and while viewers basically cheer on all the dogs -- please, don't fib, you do -- there's a local twist for SoCalers: Rosie, a shelter dog from the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, is on the back-up team.
How excited are Rosie's supporters? They're throwing a viewing party at the brand-new Animal Care Center on Raymond Avenue. Be at the center at 3 p.m., or a little earlier, so you can visit with the pooches at the shelter and maybe make a new forever friend.
But Rosie isn't the only local four-legged rep in this year's mix: Danny, a Papillon Mix, hails from SPCA Los Angeles. The Puppy Bowl participants represent a bevy of states, in fact, including Florida and Nevada.
And are they from shelters and rescue groups? You bark. We mean, you bet.
If Rosie captures your fancy, capture this: She's pictured on the February page in the center's new 2014 calendar.
Yep, Puppy Bowl makes for two solid hours of super squeals, it is true, but consider how many shelter dogs benefit from their participation, and ultimately help dogs not in the bowl get adopted.