While we've enjoyed the puppy frolic for a dozen years, it seems a marketing genius finally did the math on the popularity of cats. Latest statistics show there are 77.8 million pet dogs in America (American Pet Products Association, 2015-2016), there are 85.8 million pet cats. That's nearly 10 percent more cats than dogs! Hence, Kitten Bowl.I'm not a fan of bowls. I say that because there are three going on today, two of which I'll watch, the other, I used to watch to see the commercials. Now, I watch those on Monday.
Fortunately, there's nothing but happiness with puppies and kittens. Puppy Bowl XII, where 49 adorable puppies goof around doing all the cute things puppies do, is magical in that, there's no Cruella Deville threatening to skin puppies, no Marley who dies, no Old Yeller to shoot.
Disclaimer: I typically say, "I hate puppies." What I mean is that I never want to rear a puppy (again!). I have a speech all ready for you if you are considering adopting a dog. I have a cautionary message for you if you are planning to purchase puppy. I'll save both those topics for another blog entry along with the joys of an adult cat or dog.
But all is not lost. You have hundreds of canines and felines right here that need you to give them a home. Visit your local shelters or contact rescue groups. There are usually puppies and kittens waiting for you.
Even better, adult cats and dogs. Loads of them are plug-n-play, my term for a dog that's housebroken, obedient, easy-going and all other desirable traits you want from a canine. Same with cats: Many are former pets. They are beyond the I-will-climb-your-leg-with-my-sharp-claws phase, and ready to be that playful, sweet pet you want.
So here's today's lineup:
Kitten Bowl III: 11 a.m., Hallmark Channel. Don't worry if you've missed the start. Kitten Bowl repeats today until 8 p.m.
Puppy Bowl XII: 2 p.m. It repeats until 4 a.m. Monday.
Oh yeah, the Super Bowl kickoff is at 5:30.