Lace up your cleats and strap on your helmet, because it's time for football! (Or maybe just fire up the grill and wipe down your TV. Whatever works for you.)
The new NFL season begins this week. If your houses are like ours, then your cats and dogs aren't just hanging around waiting for a piece of hot dog to drop - they're hard-core pigskin fans, just like their humans. The Vetstreet team (plus some friends and family) got so excited for the start of football that we put together this gallery of our animals cheering on our hometown teams. And of course, there are some rivalries.
May the best team win!
CosmoCosmo, Green Bay Packers
Cosmo Kramer, a 7-month-old mixed breed, is a cheesehead at heart. Although he refuses to wear the hat, he's excited to cheer on the Green Bay Packers during his first football season. He's ready to see QB Aaron Rodgers in action and knows his team will have a great year. Go Pack!
CupidCupid, San Francisco 49ers
Cupid the Pomeranian is still getting over the 49ers loss to the Ravens in last year's Super Bowl. He blames the power outage in the Superdome. But the hope of a new season is quickly helping cure his sorrows. He's certain that Colin Kaepernick and the boys can bring home that Super Bowl victory.
The Seahawks are the only birds this polydactyl feline actually likes. Dolce the Pixiebob will be eagerly watching her favorite team with bated breath in hopes they can make it past the NFC Championships and into the Super Bowl this year.
CooperCooper, Denver Broncos
CashmereCashmere, Chicago Bears
EastonEaston, Arizona Cardinals
Easton the 3-year-old cat really likes cardinals - whether they're flitting about the bird feeder or scoring touchdowns on the TV screen.
Roma and CaesarRoma and Ceasar, Houston Texans
Arian Foster and Ben Tate don't have anything on these Boxers. Roma and Ceasar love to play ball and couldn't be more excited that the Texans have been predicted to go all the way to SuperBowl XLVIII.
BeaBea, New Orleans Saints
Black and gold, through and through, Bea the Pomeranian was born to be a Saints fan. The Saintsation cheerleader is always ready to break out into a spirited cheer and carries her pom-poms with her wherever she goes. Who dat?
CoffeeCoffee, Baltimore Ravens
Coffee the Cockapoo thinks it's no coincidence that he was born in 2000, the year of the Baltimore Ravens' first-ever Super Bowl win. In addition to his impressive memorabilia collection, Coffee's special game-day outfit includes his purple jersey and four fluffy Ravens booties. He would have applied for Ray Lewis' job, but, unfortunately, he weighs only 14 pounds and lacks opposable thumbs. Ravens Nation, baby!
LunaLuna, Dallas Cowboys
Luna the 10-year-old Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix retired from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders years ago, but when it's time to rally for "America's Team," she pulls on her white cowboy boots and gets everyone cheering.
HarperHarper, New York Jets
Harper is a 4-month-old Norwich Terrier. Although her parents are longtime Jets fans, her interest in the team isn't for their football prowess, but more for the amusement factor. The combination of their verbose and unpredictable coach Rex Ryan and their quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose biggest claim to fame has become the "butt fumble," make it quite a circus.
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