By Dan Snierson
January 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM EST

Warning: In just nine days, you will be subjected to extreme levels of cuteness. You may experience an uncontrollable urge to utter the word ‘awwwwww’ and try to pet your TV screen. Contact your doctor if symptoms last longer than Super Bowl Sunday, when Animal Planet airs…. Puppy Bowl VIII.

What’s that? You can’t wait until Feb. 5 to get your cuddly on? Allow us to be of service. We have acquired a few exclusive clips from this year’s contest, in which (SPOILER ALERT) more than a few young dogs will carry a chew toy across the goal line. Cheer on our benchwarmers as they trot out to start the second quarter! (Did you know that Calvin, a pit-bull mix, restores classic cars?) Go easy on a tiny collie-rottweiler mix named Montana, who draws a penalty for leaving his mark on the field! And throw a bone to Hunter, who tries to play tough D against the touchdown machine named Holly! All you have to do is click on the video below, and you will be awash in animal adorableness.

For more on Puppy Bowl VIII, pick up a copy of this week’s EW.

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