Our Puppy Bowl

While waiting for the big game to get underway, a far more agile team took to the field. These players are not in it for fame or fortune – they just enjoy the love of play and gladly accept payment in cookies. Get your game face on –

Game Face

for the Golden Rule Training Puppy Bowl! We start by sizing up the competition…

Sizing up the Competition

accompanied by a Pregame Staredown…

Pregame Staredown

And then, Kickoff!


There he goes…Man in motion!

Man in Motion

Excuse me…Defensive Holding!

Defensive Holding

Pooch Kick…

Pooch Kick

And Punt Return!

Punt Return

Hey wait, is that a deflated ball on the field??

Deflated Ball

Let’s Huddle Up and rethink our strategy…

Huddle Up

And they’re off…

Play Action

Oh, Sack!


I do believe that is an Illegal Horsecollar Tackle! (I have no idea what that is, but my husband says “use it.”)

Illegal Horsecollar Tackle

And is that a lame attempt at Illegal Substitution?!

Illegal Substitution

Hey Ref! Unsportsmanlike Conduct on the field!

Unsportsmanslike Conduct

This game is getting out of hand. Two Minute Warning!

Two minute Warning

Special Teams. Is it just me, or is it hard to tell who’s on what team?

Special Teams

No fair, no fair…Piling On!

Piling On

Regroup: Calling an Audible

Calling an Audible

Hey, that’s what we call a Forward Pass!

Forward Pass or Ineligible Receiver or Tight End

And Fumble!


This game is rough! Intentional Grounding…

Intentional Grounding

Nose Tackle…

Nose Tackle

Chop Block…

Chop Block

Running Back…

Running Back

and Touch Down!


Did someone call a Time Out?

Time Out

Water Boy!!

Water Boy

This game was called on account of excessive cuteness…

Excessive Cuteness

Play resumes next week in puppy class!

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

10 thoughts on “Our Puppy Bowl”

  1. Love, love, love! Especially the “Is it me, or is it hard to tell who’s on which team?” Brilliant work, Audrey, on catching the highlights of a great HB Puppy Bowl 😉

  2. That was really a wild game. I love the players. They are all so cute. It looks like everyone had a great time at this game. My favorite team was the “Dog” team ❤️

  3. Oh! My! God! Too cute!!! I’m not sa football fan, but I love watching dogs/puppies having fun playing together! Thanks for the pix – and the bright start to a partly cloudy morning!!

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