It’s time to set your DVRs, people. Animal Planet has revealed Puppy Bowl IX’s starting lineup, and it would be a crime to miss this much cuteness.
Thirty-five doe-eyed doggies are primed to strut their adorable assets on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. ET/PT – and each is available for adoption. (Read: These cuties could cuddle next to you on the couch after the show is over.)
Not to be missed on this year’s roster are Chestnut, a squeeze-worthy 9-week-old Labrador retriever/Australian shepherd mix available at the Bonnie Blue Rescue of Virginia, and – move over, Harry Styles – 12-week-old dachshund Harry from Rhode Island’s Furever Dachshund Rescue is definitely breaking more hearts than you.
In a Puppy Bowl first, a lineup of hedgehogs will cheer on these pigskin-loving pups from the sidelines, and annual favorites like the water bowl cam, kiss cam and a stadium-hovering blimp piloted by hamsters are all returning. Also hitting the field for his sophomore season is The Ref, a.k.a. Dan Schachner, who is charged with keeping all these players in line.
Could Schachner’s all-time career highlight be topped this year by this new team? “Receiving the honorary ref whistle and gold-plated pooper-scooper in a moving pre-game ceremony” was uh-mazing last year, he tells Animal Planet. “I would be lying if I said my emotions didn’t run high that day.”