Tennis Great Andy Murray Plays with Pups to Help Save Wildlife

He’s known as the “Scowling Scotsman,” famous for his snarls, grimaces, and tantrums. But tennis star Andy Murray was all smiles recently, and it had nothing to do with winning a game. Shortly before Wimbledon, he took a break to visit sniffer-pups-in-training at the Metropolitan Police Service in London. A video posted on the Wimbledon Facebook page shows him giggling as five 8-week-old Cocker Spaniels dash after tennis balls and chew on his shoelaces.

Murray, the third-ranked tennis player in the world, is using his hard-won fame to support a cause he fervently believes in—the use of sniffer dogs in wildlife conservation. “Sniffer dogs do an incredible job, whether it’s keeping us safe and secure here at Wimbledon, or fighting wildlife crime in Nepal,” Murray said in a statement from the World Wildlife Fund

He’s a global ambassador for the organization’s initiatives against illegal wildlife poaching. Two Belgian Malinois, now in training in in the Chitwan National Park in Nepal, have been named Murray and Sears, in honor of the tennis star and Kim Sears, his wife.

Murray is a passionate dog lover. He’s made headlines for running into traffic to save a stray. His Border Terriers, Maggie May and Rusty, are almost as famous as he is.

Maggie has her own Twitter account, where she has posed with her master’s Olympic gold medal and his Wimbledon and US Open trophies.

For more about training, visit the AKC Canine Good Citizen page 

Or Good Dog Helpline


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We put WWF Ambassador Andy Murray on The Hill at #WimbledonWe gave him five puppies. Watch what happened next... #GoWildforWimbledon

Posted by Wimbledon on Sunday, July 5, 2015


-Mara Bovsun