We’ve all seen tennis tournament ball boys. They’re quick on their feet, cute and spritely and never miss the opportunity to prove their worth. Sound familiar? These are all qualities our dogs possess, so what a perfect idea to make dogs the new ball boys. Why didn’t we think of this? Goodbye, ball boys! Hello, ball dogs!
For the second year in a row on March 4th-5th, the Brazil Open Tennis Tournament in Sao Paulo will bring back the dogs. If this year is anything like last year, we will probably see doggy headbands and armbands, scarves around the dog’s necks, and a lot of happy people obsessing over how incredible they are. We can’t get over how freakin’ cute this is!
Don’t worry. These dogs won’t be on ball duty the entire tournament. They’ll be in the game to showcase their talents called the exhibition match. This specific match is designed to promote the adoption of homeless dogs.
“What do these dogs have in common?” Madalena Spinazzola, a spokeswoman for the pet food company that’s organizing the event, asked in a statement. “In addition to a history of abandonment and looking for adopters, they love to run after balls.”
The dogs spend months training for their big day. The dog’s coach, Andrea Beckert from the Association of Animal Wellbeing said, “We want to show that abandoned dogs can be adopted and trained. After all, it’s not easy to get a dog to only pick up balls, and then to give them up!”
During last years Brazil open, all four dogs they brought to the tournament were adopted. This year, Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha will be looking forward to finding their fur-ever homes during this special moment in their lives. From homeless, to tennis ball dogs, these dogs appreciate every minute of it.
“No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly [rescued dogs] can be wonderful companions. [They can] play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds, ” organizer Madalena Spinazzola told in a press release.
“They are dogs that have had difficulties in life, yes. But what we want to show is not the stories suffered in the past, rather to prove that, regardless of what they’ve experienced, they can be great companions today and in the future!”
Although slobbery tennis balls are never the easiest to serve, these animals will have fun, work hard and find their forever home while doing it. What can be better than that? Nothing.
To watch the dogs shake their hips, wag their tails, proudly prance and gently give up their prized tennis ball, watch this video in its entirety below.
Are you interested in teaching your dog how to be a ball boy? It’s simple, grab your tennis racket, hit the court and bring your dog. If you’re dog is obsessed with tennis balls as much as any other dog, it should be an easy chore—but it won’t be easy to get the ball back. It never is.