Football has never been on my must-see list, so I cannot name the quarterbacks who will lead either the New Orleans Saints or Indianapolis Colts to victory during today’s Snowmageddon-weekend Super Bowl championship.

What I can tell you is that Dixon (right) is one of the 43 puppies who will play, punt and pee during Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VI, which airs 3 to 5 p.m. (ET/PT) today, with five consecutive repeats.

Featuring a 20-kitten halftime show, bunny cheerleaders and hamster correspondents in a small blimp, the action-packed event has earned the American Humane Association’s No Animals Were Harmed disclaimer.

The competition will be held on a scaled-down gridiron about 10’ wide by 20’ long. Referee Andrew Schechter will call penalties like “unnecessary ruffness.”

“As the ref, it is my job to make sure the puppies have fun and play a safe, clean game,” he says.

Here’s the best news: All of the involved animals have come from shelters and rescue groups found on the national PetFinder.com website.

“The perks of cuddling adorable puppies all day and raising awareness about pet adoption can’t be beat,” Schechter says.

Charlie and I will be watching closely, with lots of wholesome organic treats on hand for both of us. In addition to store-bought organic pet treats like A Dog’s Life Peanut Butter & Honey hand-baked biscuits, I’ve been known to whip up some special-occasion organic dog goodies, as found in the following great books:

  1. The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook
  2. Three Dog Bakery Cookbook
  3. You Bake ‘em Dog Biscuits Cookbook

Trust me. Dogs swoon for homemade organic liver biscotti!

Photo by David Holloway/Animal Planet