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"Ball dogs" at the Brazil Open

Four strays from the slums of São Paulo were given a chance to shine when they were taken from their shelters to be the official 'ball dogs' at the Brazil Open tennis tournament.

During the match between Roberto Carballes Baena and Gastao Elias, the specially trained dogs showed off what a stray can do with the right amount of care and love, scooping up ball after ball and carrying them over to the players.

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The only problem: they didn't always seem too keen on giving the ball back right away...

Despite the small hitch, they absolutely captured the public's heart - and, hopefully, the attention of someone with a dog-shaped gap in their home.

Image from CNN/YouTube.