michelle obama puppy bowl

*The White House will be represented at that other big game on Sunday.

Michelle Obama and first dogs Sunny and Bo taped an event on the White House lawn that will precede Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl, now in its tenth year as an all-dog alternative to the human Super Bowl.

Twelve first and second graders from D.C.’s Harriet Tubman Elementary School and thirteen “rookie” shelter puppies join Team Obama before the canine game kicks off.
The segment is designed to promote Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, as she and the kids help get the doggie athletes get in tip-top shape before their kickoff.

“It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!” FLOTUS said in an Animal Planet statement. “This year’s pups showed us that getting active and lapping up plenty of water are important ways to keep our bodies healthy and energized.”

Obama continued: “And 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.”

Obama’s canine contingent were hands…er, paws on during the event.

“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,” the press release added.