How perfect is this? Dogs already love fetching balls anyway, so why not train them to become ball dogs? That way, their method of fun can actually be functional! And the best part? All of these dogs are shelter dogs!
It's time to meet the ball dogs of Brazil!
Meet the ball dogs.
Frida, Costela, Mel and Isabelle were street dogs from Sao Paulo, Brazil and now live in a local shelter. The Association of Animal Wellbeing decided that the dogs could be very great at catching stray balls at the Brazil Open. So the organization decided to train the dogs. The easy part is getting the dogs to go fetch the balls -- the hard part is getting them to give the balls back. The organization trained the dogs for a few months so that they can be perfect ball dogs.
The Association of Animal Wellbeing is hoping that having these shelters dogs serve as ball dogs that it will raise awareness about the need for people to adopt from shelters instead of breeding dogs. "The idea is to show people that a well-fed and well-treated animal can be very happy. We have more than 1,000 dogs in our care," said Marli Scaramella, the organizer of the ball dog initiative.
Watch this video to see all of the ball dogs in action!
This story truly warms my heart and makes me smile!
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