At the 2016 Brazil Open this week, four shelter dogs were rescued and trained as “ball dogs” for an exhibition tennis match. The dogs took over the usual job of the “ball boys,” and it was absolutely brilliant.
The four dogs, Frida, Mel, Isabelle and Costela, ran after the balls that went out of bounds and returned them to the players, just like the ball boys would do. Through this initiative, the Association of Animal Wellbeing aims to raise awareness.
The shelter is housing 1,200 dogs abandoned dogs right now and Andrea Beckert, a trainer from the Association of Animal Wellbeing, told CNN, “We want to show that abandoned dogs can be adopted and trained.”
Check out the video below of the ball dogs showing off their skills and SHARE it with your animal-loving friends and family on Facebook today!
Brilliant idea: Instead of ballboys, the 2016 Brasil Open Tennis Tournament used balldogs to encourage adoption of shelter pups.
Posted by Animal Lovers on Tuesday, March 8, 2016