Watch Out Human Ball Boys! Dogs Are Now Dominating Your Job

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After it was discovered that last year received the lowest-ever ratings for a men’s U.S. Open final, some tennis organisers decided that it was time to add a little entertainment value to the game. Though it might not be a sustainable alternative for pushing television viewership in the long run, the organisers of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand made efforts to turn a practice match between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova into a must-see event, and it was a success.

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Yes, a meaningless exhibition in New Zealand might not qualify as compelling entertainment, but I’m pretty sure that when dogs are involved, it sure would.

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For the game that was recently held, the organisers of the event decided to quash the normal route of using human beings to retrieve balls during a tennis match by instead employing three smart dogs. This included a Bull Mastiff named Oscar, a Border Collie named Ted, and a Jack Russell/Norfolk Terrier/Miniature Schnauzer mixed dog named Super Teddy, who is known for being the champion of the New Zealand Clever Canine Competition that was held last year.

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By no surprise, the dogs handled their job like professionals. There is no other suited profession for dogs in the sports industry than this. I guess the job requirements for becoming a ball boy would now include loyalty, sense of smell and dog breath.

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