Brazilian Open Use Shelter Dogs As Ballboys And It's The Best Thing Ever

For the second year running, six shelter dogs have replaced actual ballboys and girls at the Brazilian Open in Sao Paulo.

The dogs - named Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha - even wear sweatbands on their wrists and scarves around their neck to complete the ultimate tennis look.

Yes, their retrieving ability can be a little wayward at times, as you see in the below footage uploaded by CNN, but this <span class="redactor-invisible-space" "="">might just be the greatest thing, ever.

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Madalena Spinazzola, from pet-food maker Premier Pet, explained the reason behind their involvement and it might just make you shed a little tear:

"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 have gone through, they can be great companions today and in the future," she told CNN.

Here are all six dogs that featured in the Brazilian Open. I think I'll take Ovelha, cheers. But just look at Mia. And Cindy. What are we on about, they're all adorable.

Image: Brazilian Open
Image: Brazilian Open

Premier Pet has supported the cause of adoption and subsidises the feeding of thousands of dogs and cats.

"By taking the DogDolls to the courts, we again want to show the public that dogs waiting for a home only need high-quality affection, care and nutrition," Madalena explained.

"No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly they can be wonderful companions, play, learn new things and do great things."

It didn't take them long to steal the show:


This might just be the best initiative, ever.

Featured Image Credit: CNN

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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