referring to “They are dogs that had difficult (lives), yes,” Spinazzola said in the release.
Here’s to hoping the pups in this year’s field — Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha — find their forever homes.
For the second consecutive year, the Brazil Open is forgoing the use of ball boys and will instead rely on a helping paw from local rescue dogs, who will play fetch along the net line during the semifinals and finals of the week-long tournament in São Paulo.
Last year, organizers used four ball-dogs and all four — Frida, Mel, Costela and Isabelle — were subsequently adopted.
“We want to show the public that dogs waiting for a home only need high-quality affection, care and nutrition,” Madalena Spinazzola, director of corporate marketing for Premier Pet dog food, said in a release.
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This tennis tournament is using shelter dogs as ballboys
(Brazil Open/Leandro Martins/DGW Comunicação)For the second year running, a pro tennis tournament in Brazil will kick its ballboys and ballgirls off the court.
A ball dog at the 2016 Brazil Open tennis tournament.
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If it’s like last year, the pooches at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo will wear sweatbands on their wrists — ankles?
The dogs won’t be ball-chasers for the whole tournament, which starts next week.
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Four dogs from local shelters were showcased 12 months ago during the clay-court tournament in Brazil’s largest city — and all four were eventually adopted.
This time around, six canines ranging in age from four to 10 — Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha — will be fetching balls during the warmups on the semifinal and final days, March 4-5.
It was a barking good idea, then.