Discovery Pushes Puppy Site

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Add Puppy Bowl II to the list of counterprogramming gambits by cable channels up against the Super Bowl Feb. 4.

Animal Planet will feature a passle of puppies reproducing a gridiron contest. Animal Planet owner Discovery Communicatons will take the opportunity to cross-promote its newly acquired Petfinder.com, a database of adoptable pets.

The Puppy Bowl will feature several puppies adopted through the Web site, "serving as walking [and friskily bounding] Petfinder.com ads."  Plugs for the site will also include pop-up ads and commentary about the site.

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