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Meet the puppies and their friends

Updated 6:24 PM ET, Wed January 30, 2013
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Puppy Bowl IX is Animal Planet's answer to the Super Bowl. The battle of the cute airs repeatedly on Sunday. Meet Sally, a dachshund/basset hound mix, left, and Harry, a chocolate dachshund smooth, both from Furever Dachshund Rescue. courtesy animal planet
Hedgehog cheerleaders root for the puppies from the sidelines. courtesy animal planet
Referee Dan Schachner loves this job. "You bet your pooper scooper," he said in an Animal Planet video. courtesy animal planet
The Puppy Bowl VIX kitty halftime show features a dance music soundtrack and enough moving objects for even the most predatory feline. courtesy animal planet
Chestnut, a Labrador retriever/Australian shepherd mix from Bonnie Blue Rescue, is a 9-week-old male who loves to snuggle. courtesy animal planet
Cash, a 15-week-old male pit bull, is from Greene Street Animal Rescue and he loves belly rubs. courtesy animal planet
Gunter, a white pit bull/hound mix, center, chases Marta, a schnauzer/beagle mix, front, down the field as Biscuit, a Puerto Rican sato looks on. courtesy animal planet
Referee Schachner gives Chestnut a cuddly time out. courtesy animal planet
Lenny, a male Catahoula leopard dog mix from Gimme Shelter, is 12 weeks old and likes to sleep on peoples' heads. courtesy animal planet
Puppy Bowl offers viewers plenty of tackling and ruff-housing. courtesy animal palnet
The kitty halftime show makes use of the latest cat toys. courtesy animal planet
Bessie, a Catahoula leopard dog mix, is a 13-week-old female from Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. courtesy animal planet