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Puppy Bowl Behind The Scenes: Puppies!!!

We've shared our backstage photos from Animal Planet's Piglet Pep Squad and the Kitten Halftime Show with you and now it's time for THE PUPPY portion of the Puppy Bowl! Hold on to your hats, because there is an absurd amount of cute on the field.

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This is the Human Green Room where we did a lot of waiting for puppies to arrive or between takes on the field. It smelled of french fries and Sterno candles and there was an amazing tailgate spread that Gavon took full advantage of.


Here's the Puppy Bowl control room where all the shots are called. They got mad at me for taking this photo, so hopefully it's ok to post here. It must be hard to be so close to all the puppies, but not able to pet them.

Then we were allowed out into the taping room to see the puppies in action. The camera crane (as it's about to do in this photo) would swing around wildly and nearly hit you in the head if you weren't paying attention.

This is an Animal Safety Representative (right) from the Humane Society. It's her job to make sure that no puppies were harmed or treated unethically during the filming. If a puppy was acting scared and hiding in the corner or being bullied, she would make the call to remove them from the field.

Animal Safety Representative might be the best job on earth. She was really nice and told us that there are only a few handful of people who do her job and that they get to travel all over the world and hang out on movie or tv sets, watching out for the animal stars.

The puppy cam harness kept slipping off the puppy's shoulders, so between takes someone would go on field to set it straight again. I can't wait to see the footage from puppy eye view.

After they were done filming and having their portraits taken, the puppies all headed back to the Puppy Green Room until they were OKed to go home or back to the shelter. Every puppy had a person in charge of them, making sure they were where they were supposed to be.

"You're leaving, aren't you? I can tell. No, it's cool. I know you're busy, have places to go, and that in an hour you'll be at a computer trying to find me in the ASPCA registry to see how you can adopt me."

Photos by Amy Sly

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