Professional athletes in most competitive sports gain a lot of media attention for their achievements and rightly so. Some also use their fame to help other causes, including animal welfare (and this makes me like them even more).
Some athletes, like professional baseball player David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) of the Boston Red Sox, team with corporate sponsors to get the word out about animal adoption and shelters. Such is the case in the video linked below, sponsored by Pedigree.
Earlier today, New Zealand’s All Blacks won a place in the Rugby World Cup final. Sadly, I’m struggling to name an All Black that has used his fame to promote an animal welfare cause. Please tell me if I’m wrong.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
My heart belongs to the Boston Red Sox. Always has, always will.
The shine of their 2013 World Series win hasn’t come off yet (after all, it’s not even been a week!) However, at this point I would like to remind everyone that the Golden Retriever puppies predicted the Red Sox win on Jimmy Fallon.
Dogs have an intuition that we are only beginning to understand!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
I’ve already blogged about the Major League Baseball (MLB) games that are dog-friendly (link here), but did you know that many MLB clubs are cashing in on the popularity of dogs by offering branded gear?
Yes – it’s true. Gone are the days when t-shirts were only for human fans. Now you can buy a range of doggy products when you go to the ball park (or buy online).
For example, my hometown team – the Boston Red Sox – offer a range of Red Sox branded gear. Here’s a selection:
Red Sox dog bed
Collar and leash
Dog vest harness
Pink dog cap
Now…if we can only convince the Red Sox to have a dog-friendly game, life would be perfect!