(PUPPIES/DOGS) In order to increase awareness for her Let’s Move! initiative while showcasing the importance of pet adoption, first-lady Michelle Obama, alongside first-pups Bo and Sunny, hosted a pre-game training camp for the stars of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X at the White House.

Footage of training day activities, as well as Michelle Obama’s touchdown dance, will air during the Puppy Bowl this Sunday. Read the full article below for more details on the furry contestants’ day of fun at the Presidential Palace. — Global Animal

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Michelle Obama is pictured here with students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School and a few of the dogs that will be in the Puppy Bowl X starting lineup. Photo Credit: politico.com

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First lady Michelle Obama-along with presidential pets Bo and Sunny-hosted a training camp at the White House to prep the contestants for this year’s Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, the cable network announced Tuesday.

The White House welcomed 13 puppies from shelters and rescue groups to “work out” before the Puppy Bowl, which is held annually on Super Bowl Sunday and features puppies playing inside a model stadium.

“It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!” Michelle Obama said in a 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. 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.”

First- and second-grade students from D.C.’s Harriet Tubman Elementary School were also on hand to help

Sunny, left, and Bo, the Obama family dogs, play on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013. Photo Credit: Official White House Photo, Pete Souza
Sunny, left, and Bo, the Obama family dogs, play on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013. Photo Credit: Official White House Photo, Pete Souza

Obama, Sunny and Bo “put the puppies through their paces to make sure they were ready to compete on game day,” according to the press release.

“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 release stated.

Animal Planet said it was “inspired by the first lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to overcome childhood obesity within a generation” and “wanted Puppy Bowl’s athletic pooches to be ambassadors for canine fitness and fun for the whole family.”

The network will air footage from the training session, which was filmed on Oct. 28, on Sunday starting at 3 p.m. EST.

More Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/white-house-puppy-bowl-102721.html#ixzz2rjYM3ave

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