|FLOTUS, Sunny, Bo, school kids & the pups at 'training camp'|
Washington, DC - First Lady Michelle Obama will today promote the Let's Move! campaign during a pre-taped appearance on The Puppy Bowl X, the tenth anniversary edition of Animal Planet's wildly popular four-legged alternative to the Super Bowl. First Dogs Bo and Sunny are of course part of the tail-wagging fun, which airs live from 3-5 PM ET on Sunday and then repeats six more times on the network.
In an effort to encourage kids to frolic with their own pooches as a way to get exercise, Mrs. Obama hosted a White House "training camp" last October 28th for a 13-member pack of Puppy Bowl's cute shelter pups, joined by a dozen first- and second-graders from DC's Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Highlights will appear in today's show.
"It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!" Mrs. Obama said.
"As our family has seen with Bo and Sunny, going outside to walk and play with your pet is a perfect way to get moving and have some fun every day."
There was plenty of action during the training camp: "Bo and Sunny lined the pups up for practice on the White House South Lawn to run through tire and tackle drills, hone their ball and chew toy skills, play fetch with the kids and of course take a requisite water break with the First Lady followed by a nap in the grass," Animal Planet said in a press release.
The thirteen pups were "from shelters and rescue groups including The Washington Animal Rescue League, ASPCA (New York), Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue (Pennsylvania) and Furever Dachshund Rescue (Rhode Island)," Animal Planet said.
Puppy Bowl X will be seen by more than 12 million viewers and get loads of play on social media, according to Animal Planet, which has added new components to this year's cutefest, including penguin cheerleaders (full details are here). There's also a livestream online. "To learn more about the puppies, pet adoption, and everything PUPPY BOWL please visit AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl," Animal Planet said.
Harriet Tubman Elementary School each year provides Mrs. Obama with helpers for her Kitchen Garden. Most recently, kids from the school accompanied the First Lady as she announced a new Let's Move! partnership with the Subway sandwich chain.
President Barack Obama will also be on the airwaves today, when he films a live Super Bowl pre-game interview with FOX anchor Bill O'Reilly. A second taped interview with O'Reilly will be aired on Monday night.
The President and Mrs. Obama will today watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos--and no doubt the Puppy Bowl--from the White House.
The President has no public events scheduled today.
*Photo by Amanda Lucidon/White House