Superbowl’s halftime show has put the spotlight on an impressive array of performers over the years, and Katy Perry will surely give us something to talk about in 2015, teasing potential gimmicks from edible glitter to adorable kittens for her act.
Our question is: Why cats, Katy? Canine aficionados know what Superbowl XLIX really needs for its center-point celebration is an impressive pooch performance that gets American audiences barking for more.
We’ve put together our top 5 halftime-worthy performances for Superbowl’s consideration featuring these talented dogs:
5. I Walk the Line
Football stats track yards per play, but when it comes to Ozzy, dog lovers can track how many meters he covers, while balancing precariously on a loose rope!
Slacklining is difficult for those on two legs, but this slackline dog makes it look easy with four. The border collie/kelpie mix even set a Guinness World Record.
Stretch a rope between the goal posts for the halftime show and let Ozzy go the distance!
4. Wrong Sport, Right Personality
This beautiful beagle hails from Japan, so it’s understandable that “football” for her looks more like what we call soccer.
We can clearly see Purin is prepped for the World Cup, so the ball catching coordination and performance prowess demonstrated here could surely translate to a little canine scrimmage at halftime.
3. Make a Run for the Border…Backwards?
This border collie named Nana can run backwards, do footstalls, and even walking front paw handstands.
With seemingly no end to the tricks, this could mean an entire football field of fun to fill Superbowl’s midway time slot (though we might skip Nana’s piano recital at 8:40).
2. Go Ahead…Jump!
The parkour, skateboarding, flipping,and endless array of other tricks we see this talented Australian shepherd carry out surely earn the title Jumpy the Amazing Dog.
This slow motion video captures the elegance of movement, but check out this obedience video to see how well Jumpy can hit his marks, and what a character he can be.
1. Leader of the Pack
What’s the only thing better than an amazing dog performer? A whole stage full of dogs performing!
This adorable ensemble proved their skills on America’s Got Talent, driving and jumping rope with canine collaboration, so why not give them center stage during America’s biggest sporting event?
Like the game of football, it shows how much more a team can accomplish working together.
For the eleventh year, Animal Planet will feature the Puppy Bowl on Superbowl Sunday. Dog lovers can tune in, but our four-legged friends shouldn’t simply be relegated to another channel. Maybe it’s time for football to pass on the human celebrity and let a talented dog tackle the halftime show.