This week, Michelle Obama is getting into the Superbowl spirit and helping two awesome causes in the process. The First Lady enlisted the help of her family’s Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, to help shoot TV clips promoting “Puppy Bowl X,” which will be airing at 2pm central this Sunday (February 2nd).
To shoot the clips, Obama hosted a pre-game puppy “training camp” on the South Lawn of the White House. There, she was joined by her own dogs and 13 puppies from local shelters and rescue organizations. As the puppies “trained” by playing fetch and doing agility drills, Obama taped segments announcing “Let the games begin” and showing off her own personal touchdown dance.
This coming Sunday, “Puppy Bowl X” contestants will compete against each other in a mock football game – earning points for dragging chew toys to the goal line, but being penalized for violations such as unnecessary roughness. The goal of this annual event is to spread awareness of the tragic amount of pets who are homeless in America and to encourage pet adoption, rather than pet purchasing. (If only the first family had adopted their two pups. We’d truly be swooning.)
But Obama wasn’t only volunteering to promote pet adoption; she also had a message to share with the nation’s children as a part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity. In one clip, Obama challenged viewers to not be “armchair quarterbacks” and to get a healthy 60-minute dose of exercise daily. She also encouraged a well-balanced and health-conscious diet.
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