Champ and Major taped a message for the Puppy Bowl with the first lady.


Before Super Bowl LV, first lady Dr. Jill Biden and the first dogs, Champ and Major, will be making a special appearance at this year's Puppy Bowl. In a new PSA, the German Shepards — along with Dr. Biden — are encouraging viewers to mask up in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Yes, even now, almost a year into the pandemic, people still need reminders.

"For a lot of us during this pandemic, our pets have been such a source of joy and comfort — and maybe a bark or two on a video conference," Dr. Biden says as Champ and Major snuggle up with her. "We owe it to them to keep ourselves healthy, so please keep wearing your mask, even when you're out walking your dog."

Puppy Bowl XVII will air on Animal Planet and stream on Discovery+ this Sunday at 2 p.m. EST before heading to all of Discovery's sister channels, like TLC and Travel Channel. All the dogs that feature on the show are rescue dogs — and fans of the first pups will know that Major Biden is also a shelter dog. The Bidens adopted him from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA) in November 2018.

"We reached out (to the White House) since Puppy Bowl is a celebration of shelter dogs and we now have the first shelter dog in the White House," Laurie Goldberg, a spokeswoman for Discovery, told USA Today

This year, 70 adoptable puppies from shelters from the northeast U.S. will compete on Team Ruff and Team Fluff. The winner will receive the Lombarky trophy.

"Additionally, for the first time ever on the sidelines, our Team Ruff and Team Fluff players will be cheered on by none other than adoptable puppy cheerleaders who will root and howl for their favorite players," a press release adds. "These cheerleading pups will turn up the volume with cuteness overload by shaking their pom-poms as the Puppy Bowl XVII players make their way down the field!"