Adoptable Ball-Fetching Dogs To Replace Ball Boys During Tennis Tourney
Call it a victory in straight pets: For the second consecutive year, adoptable shelter dogs from São Paulo will replace ball boys during matches at the Brasil Open, an annual stop on the men's professional tennis circuit.
In the wake of last year's experiment, which was quickly deemed a smash after it made a happy racket on social media, event organizers have bumped the number of participating doggos up from 4 to 6.
The canines — named Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Sheep — range in age from 8 months to 10 years and will be nattily accessorized with official tournament handkerchiefs and wristbands.
According to a press release, they'll take turns patrolling center court during the semifinal and final matches on March 4 and 5.
Madalena Spinazzola, a spokesperson with one of the tournament's sponsors, says the unique partnership endeavors to raise awareness for older and abandoned dogs with a history of neglect.
"The aim of the action is to encourage adoption through a cheerful approach, looking forward. 'They are dogs that have had a difficult trajectory, yes. But what we want to point out is not the history suffered from the past, but to prove that, no matter what they went through, they can be great companions today and in the future!'"
All of last year's puppers were successfully re-homed with new forever humans, an ace outcome organizers no doubt hope to repeat again in 2017.
But that's not to say ~everything~ went off without an unforced error. Case in point: this adorable fetch fail.
See more of 2016's dogey highlights in the video embedded below!