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    First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Puppy Training Camp at the White House

    Before this year’s team of rookie shelter pups hit the field for Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl X”, the coaches enlisted a top-notch and very special training staff to get the puppies motivated and ready for the big game – First Lady Michelle Obama and America’s top dogs, Bo and Sunny.

    Joined by 12 first-and second-grade students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, the First Lady, Bo and Sunny put the puppies through their paces to make sure they were ready to compete on game day and begin a healthy routine for life.

    Inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to overcome childhood obesity within a generation, Animal Planet wanted “Puppy Bowl”’s athletic pooches to be ambassadors for canine fitness and fun for the whole family by encouraging kids to exercise and play with their pet as a great way to be active.

    “It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “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.”

    After picking their jowls up off the ground when they were introduced to their celebrity trainers, 13 rambunctious pups from shelters and rescue groups including The Washington Animal Rescue League, ASPCA® (New York), Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue (Pennsylvania) and Furever Dachshund Rescue (Rhode Island) were ready to get down to business. 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.

    To see First Lady Michelle Obama, Bo and Sunny in action, and how the puppies fair in their championship battle for cuteness and barking rights, catch the 10th anniversary of edition of Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” on Sunday, February 2, 3-5 PM (ET/PT) and repeating all day and night with new content added every hour.
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