All the pizza, sodas and cake on hand at the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital on this Super Sunday were for a tailgate party for Puppy Bowl VI, sponsored by the Lakewood-based American Animal Hospital Association.
The Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital held an open house Sunday to showcase its facility, celebrate the event and to honor their Director of Emergency Services, Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro, who was in charge of giving each of the 60 puppies competing in the televised event on Animal Planet a clean bill of health -- even when things got rough.
"There were veterinarians there, in addition to myself, as well as a member of the ASPCA, so when the puppy did get a hard tackle, and you could see them on camera, then we would take that puppy out of the game, and do a physical on it so we could watch them and make sure they were OK," Mazzaferro said. "But puppies are pretty resilient playing with other puppies and so fortunately, no one got hurt."
Mazzaferro says even though Puppy Bowl competes with the Super Bowl for air time, 23 million people watched it last year.
Puppy Bowl VI was filmed in Maryland over the course of three days, using animals from local shelters, Mazzaferro says, and features the young dogs playing with each other in a replica football stadium.
The event also featured a kitty halftime show - and new for 2010, bunny cheerleaders.
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