My dog loves her tennis balls more than all the other things in her life combined, including her dinner (and possibly me). She would do anything for a tennis ball, but for these rescue dogs in São Paulo, Brazil, retrieving tennis balls is more than just a game — it’s a life-changing experience.
These adorable strays were gathered from shelters around São Paulo and trained to do a very special job: retrieve tennis balls during matches. This job is traditionally performed by humans, who graciously stepped aside to let these absolutely fetching pups do their thing.
The ball girls and boys obviously didn’t mind these pups stealing the limelight, and the four dogs who featured in Thursday’s exhibition match between Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena and Portugal’s Gastao Elias gave the crowd another reason to cheer.
The players were happy to welcome their new four-legged helpers as well. David Marrero takes a moment here to love up on rescue dog Isabelle, who is doing her best to charm him and the crowd with her silky ears and soft brown eyes.
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Em mais uma parceria com a ABEAC, a PremieR pet traz ao Brasil Open de Tênis 2016 um time de gandulas superfofos que promete agitar o evento, os CãoDulas. Cheios de disposição, os cãezinhos Frida, Costela, Mel e Isabelle vão se divertir apanhando as bolinhas que caírem fora da quadra. Mas a missão não é só essa! Eles estarão lá representando muitos outros cãezinhos que, assim como eles, estão na ABEAC esperando um lar com muito afeto e cuidado. Ficou curioso para ver essa turminha em ação? A primeira atuação deles acontece nesta quinta, a partir das 17h30. Você pode acompanhar a cobertura completa pelo nosso Twitter (premier_pet) e também a transmissão ao vivo da Sportv e Band Sport. Queremos saber o que você achou, então não deixe de comentar! 😉 #PremieRpet #CãoDula #BrasilOpen #Tênis
While the players did their best on the court, Isabelle, Frida, Costela and Mel had something of their own to prove. These four shelter dogs are perfect examples of what a little love, patience and training can do to transform a stray dog into a lovable — and even useful — pet. As anyone with a dog or two of their own knows, getting a dog to chase after a tennis ball is easy. Convincing your dog to return with that tennis ball is a little trickier, especially when surrounded by a crowd full of enthusiastic fans.
While some of the dogs seemed a little reluctant to give up their prizes at first, their training clearly showed as they fetched and retrieved ball after ball for their handlers. All the dogs behaved at the sidelines, accepting praise and adoration from their new fans and patiently awaiting their next chance to chase down a rogue ball.
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Nosso querido Costela, o CãoDula mais charmoso do mundo. Tem como resistir? 😍 Quer vê-lo em ação? Acompanhe pela Band, BandSports e Sportv ou ainda pelo nosso Twitter (premier_pet) no próximo domingo, por volta das 18h. Não perca! 😉 #PremieRpet #cãodula #BrasilOpen2016 #tênis #dog #cachorro
These ball dogs remind us of all the reasons we love rescue dogs. If you are considering bringing a dog into your home, give dogs like Isabelle, Frida, Costela and Mel a chance, and find out why so many people choose to adopt rescue dogs.
To see these professional ball dogs in action, check out the video below.