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Pro Sports Has Gone to the Dogs

We all know there is a category of show dogs called Sporting Dogs, they are pure-breeds that were originally bred for hunting. But now sports has gone to the dogs, with pooches participating as ball fetchers in a professional tennis match and one Major League Baseball team dedicating a special dog-friendly seating area for fans at Sunday home games.

Earlier this month, four rescue dogs served as ball dogs during an exhibition at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo.Trained for months, the pups served as “ball boys” during an exhibition match with players Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Gastao Elias of Portugal. The dogs were rescued from slums and abandoned lots, trained to retrieve tennis balls, and (usually) give them back to the tennis players.

Using the dogs as ball boys was an experiment to show that shelter dogs can be retained. The dogs Frida, Costela, Mel and Isabelle dutifully retrieved the balls, which were often intentionally missed for obvious reasons. Wearing orange ribbons, the pups got more attention than the players themselves

And MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks now have the Dog Days of Summer program where fans can bring dogs to all 13 Sunday home games at Chase Field in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The dog-friendly section will be located along the main concourse behind the left-center-field wall and feature multi-level seating. During each of the 13 Dog Days of Summer, fans can purchase concessions such as dog-friendly ice cream with toppings like kibble and other pet treats. As part of the ticket package, which includes a semi-private space for four people and one dog, fans will also receive a  "Doggie Bag" with free items.
While many major league baseball teams, including the D-Backs, typically have a special event once a season where dogs are invited to come to the park and enjoy the game, this is the first time an MLB team will be offering a season=long dog-friendly section. It's not surprising given that D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, is a huge dog lover and advocate for rescue dog associations. He started the Animal Rescue Foundation in 1991 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Behind the patio, there will be a dog park - an indoor/outdoor park with a baseball diamond and grassy outfield for dogs to explore, play or relieve themselves.

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