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31 Jan 2020
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The next couple of weekends have gone to the dogs, with Puppy Bowl and the IOP’s annual Doggie Day at the Rec. This Sunday, February 2nd is Super Bowl LIV, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami. Animal lovers probably already know about one of the greatest programming moves of all time  -  Puppy Bowl.  16 years ago Animal Planet came up with the concept, pitting two teams of adorable rescue puppies (Team Fluff and Team Ruff) against each other on the Astroturf gridiron.  Basically, the puppies romp around and play.  Refs call penalties when needed to keep the peace.  Then when one pup grabs a toy and manages to cross the goal line, pandemonium ensues.  Cheerleaders, which have included hedgehogs, penguins, silkie chickens and pot-bellied pigs, go wild.  It’s adorable. They’ve since added a Kitten Bowl as well.  All of the puppies and kittens are available for adoption.  Since its inception, 100% of the “players” have been adopted into loving homes. Puppy Bowl XVI airs this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. You can see the awesome starting lineup here.  

Check out our own local Puppy Bowl!

  Joining in the fun, Charleston Animal Society is sponsoring our own Puppy Bowl.  It’s the 3rd annual Pup Bowl, happening tomorrow  -  Saturday, February 1st  - at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.  Adoptable puppies and dogs will romp around the gridiron  -  the San Francisco Puppy-Niners versus the Kansas City Canines.  One quarter of the game will feature “The Legends”  -  adoptable dogs over one year old, who will have their own special parade.  Get set for:

  • The “game” will be called and emceed by DJ Luigi, with music and more by Latin Groove Entertainment;
  • Halftime show by Rotie Salley, who will do requests in any genre;
  • Bounce house, face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals for the kids;
  • Food and drink vendors;
  • Fido Family Photo Booth (feel free to bring your dog, \in costume if possible); prizes for most team spirit/costumes;
  • Pet exhibitors offering freebies;
  • Free admission, plus you get a free raffle ticket with donation of pet food!
  • From noon till 3:00 Saturday afternoon;
  • Located at 1218 Belk Drive in Towne Centre, just over the Connector from the IOP.


Doggie Day at the Rec

  Then, next Saturday February 8th is Doggie Day at the Rec.  It’s the annual Isle of Palms gathering of all things canine, going on from from 9:00 a.m. till noon.  All are welcome. They’ll have plenty of health and wellness resources for your dog, with loads of exhibitors, vendors and rescue groups.  There will be a vaccination and microchip clinic, free pet photos, IOP dog license sales, Canine Good Citizenship Test, and adoptable dogs on site.  It’s a popular IOP event that even won an Achievement Award from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Also, you might want to enter your awesome pup in the dog show competition.  There will be prizes.  Here are the categories: Cutest Puppy (under one year), Most Attractive (over one year), Best Female Rescue, Best Male Rescue. Read all the details at the City’s website.  It takes place at the Isle of Palms Rec Center.  It’s located in the middle of the island at #24  28th Avenue. By the way, a number of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are pet friendly.   Just call us at EP and we’ll help you pick the perfect one for you and your beloved pet. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Animal Planet