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Animal Planet names its Puppy Bowl MVP

Cara from Team Fluff was named Bissel's MVP

Cara from Team Fluff was named Bissel's MVP during Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XI. Photo Credit: Animal Planet

Are you Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

During Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XI, adorable four-legged athletes battled for the coveted title of Bissel MVP. That's "Most Valuable Puppy."

The winner, determined by online votes via, was Team Fluff's 6-month-old Shih Tzu Cara, from Florida Little Dog Rescue. Cara was nominated after scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter.

This year's roster included a New York pup named Hemingway.

Cheering on the pups was a squad of goat cheerleaders, while Meep the bird Tweeted out game updates from above the stands. "Katty Furry" gave a roaring performance during half-time.

First time in Puppy Bowl history, Animal Planet tallied up the intense cuteness with live competitive scoring. Each time a pup ran into the end zone with a toy in mouth, seven points were added to their team's score.

Team Ruff's Falcor scored the final touchdown, ending the game at 49 Fluff, 84 Ruff.

Before the pups took the field, the claws were out as the Hallmark Channel aired its second annual Kitten Bowl, which featured 90 adoptable cat-letes. John Sterling, the radio voice of the New York Yankees, provided the play-by-play announcing, and North Shore Animal League America spokeswoman Beth Ostrosky Stern, the wife of Long Island native and shock jock Howard Stern, hosted.

Oh, and as for that other big game that took place yesterday, Animal Planet determined who would win before the game began. Using its "Puppy Predictor," which involves four puppies and two football-shaped cakes — one decorated in Seahawks-colored icing and the other in Patriots-colored frosting — the network revealed that Seattle would emerge victorious.

The "Puppy Predictor" ended up chosing the wrong team, but the pups sure did enjoy some delicious cake anyway.

If you missed the furry games, check out the social media highlights below.


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