Pets & Animals

Love! Shelter dogs serve as ball boys at Brazil Open event

Man's best friend became the Brazil Open's best ball boy last week.

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A dog picks up a tennis ball during the Brazil Open tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Feb. 25, 2016.

During the international tennis tournament, fans were entertained not only by the athletes and exciting matches, but also by a few furry friends on the court.

The Open's exhibition match between Roberto Carballes Baena and Gastao Elias utilized four rescued shelter dogs from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves center stage at the ATP 250 Brazil Open tournament.
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The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals.

The dogs, who underwent months of training for the role, not only entertained the players and fans alike, but were used in order to promote animal adoption and rescue.

Not to mention, the pups give Air Bud a run for his money.