Photo: Animal Planet

Photo: Animal Planet

It’s finally time for Puppy Bowl IX, and we’ll be here to blog about every adorable moment, so put down whatever you’re cooking and tune into Animal Planet to watch the big event. For even more commentary, follow Meep the Bird, who will be tweeting all the Puppy Bowl IX action for Animal Planet.

2:00 p.m. It’s finally here! The tailgating in the barking lot is over, and it’s time for the game at Geico Stadium. Yes, various Animal Planet stars, I’m ready.

2:05 p.m. The starting lineup is being introduced. So far we have a Dachshund, Harry, and a Dachshund/ Basset Hound mix, Sally. The When Harry met Sally reference was priceless.

2:09 p.m. First flag of the game for “excessive cuteness.” 15 yard penalty.

2:10 p.m. We’re ten minutes in and Harry and Sally are already napping. Then the pups tackle the ref, and there’s a flag on the play. “Excessive climbing on the ref.” Where do I sign up for his job?

Forget journalism. I'm applying to be the next Puppy Bowl Ref. Photo: Animal Planet

2:11 p.m. Nap time is over! Sally scores the first touchdown of Puppy Bowl IX. The pups in the barking lot go wild, and the hedgehog cheerleaders bring the crowd to their feet.

2:18 p.m. More of the starting lineup is introduced with fun facts. Agatha thinks Paris Hilton is too shy. That’s pretty advanced thinking for a puppy.

2:19 p.m. The second touchdown of the game is scored by Unity! The hedgehog cheerleaders are freaking out about this one.

2:20 p.m. There’s a Puppy Bowl kiss cam. This game really does have everything that’s good about sporting events.

Hedgehogs are quite possibly the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of all time. Photo: Animal Planet

2:23 p.m. Agatha scores the third touchdown, and apparently she’s doing Gangnam Style in the end zone. Talent.

2:25 p.m. Not-so-subtle plug for Icebreakers mints. Glad the ref is staying refreshed.

2:30 p.m. More of the starting lineup is being introduced for the second quarter. Way to represent the Midwest, Marta.

2:34 p.m. There’s a break in the action, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to show footage of puppies kissing babies. Just when I thought the Puppy Bowl couldn’t get any better…

2:38 p.m. TOUCHDOWN number four scored by Marta. This tiny gal has MVP potential.

2:40 p.m. I wonder if Despicable Me 2 is sponsoring the Puppy Bowl. With a sneak peek followed by a commercial, I think it’s a safe bet.

2:51 p.m. First instant replay of the game. And it’s good! Elias scored the fifth touchdown. Meep the Bird thinks he has MVP potential too. Looks like this is going to be a tough choice.

2:52 p.m. SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT. This time it’s for the Bissell Liftoff Cleaner. Ya know, it did make that halftime clean-up look pretty easy.

2:58 p.m. Jackson Galaxy from My Cat from Hell (sounds … interesting) introduces the kitty halftime show. The kitties just got compared to Beyonce and Madonna for their halftime show skills. We’ll see.

Photo: Animal Planet

Photo: Animal Planet

3:02 p.m. No, Jackson I don’t think we need an hour-long kitty halftime show. Five minutes in, and I’m already ready for the puppies to take the field again.

3:05 p.m. I’d like to take this opportunity to appreciate Subaru’s Puppy Bowl commercials. Dogs driving cars is just as adorable as puppies playing on a football field.

3:11 p.m. There’s a Missouri girl at the Puppy Bowl!! Aurora from Kansas City is in the starting lineup for the second half. She’s driven too. She wants to spend the summer abroad. Me too, Aurora. Me too.

3:16 p.m. Touchdown Aurora!! And the Animal Planet celebs go wild.

3:22 p.m. More puppy introductions. These are some talented pups. We have a future Nascar racer and a poet on the field. Also, I’m a little concerned that Pearl’s favorite TV show is Girls. I think she might be a little young for that.

3:28 p.m.The second half is full of penalties: unnecessary ruffness, excessive tail biting and even a penalty for well, like the ref said, this is the Puppy Bowl, not the poopy bowl. These pups need to calm down.

3:32 p.m. Another Touchdown!! And thank God somebody put the tutus back on the hedgehogs. Now it’s the end of the quarter, and the pups are taking a break in the puppy hot tub. Everything just got way cuter.

3:43 p.m. Another kiss cam break. This was the cutest one yet. Puppies kissing giggling babies.

3:45 p.m. Touchdown Number 8 is scored by Chestnut!! They keep saying this is a high-scoring game, but I have no idea who’s winning. I think it might be me. So much cuteness!

3:58 p.m. Just when I thought the game was over, the ninth touchdown is scored! And it’s time for the Most Valuable Puppy award. Little Marta is the winner for her courage on the field! You go, girl.

4:00 p.m. The Puppy Bowl is over, and now it’s time to go watch today’s other game. I doubt it will be as exciting as the Puppy Bowl. Except for Beyonce. She will probably be awesome.

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