By Kailani Clarke
Elm Staff Writer
Soccer (or, for most non-Americans, football), is a sport capable of uniting nations. As governments squabble and cultures clash, one may draw comfort in the common ground of the playing field, and how something as simple as kicking a monochromatic sphere can bring strangers together.
Many dogs have an affinity for ball sports, but it is a rare thing to meet one who would tempt the Liverpool tryouts.
The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County is proud to host a rising sport star: Brad, this week’s Pet of the Week.
Brad is a young bluenose pit mix who just cannot get enough of soccer. With his slender build, wide paws, and the bulletproof guts of a pittie, he is a stellar athlete. He loves nothing more — except maybe peanut butter — than running a soccer ball around the ACSKC’s play yard.
From punting it along with his paws or shoving it onward mouth-first, he never has a bad practice. Brad brings this child-like delight to everything he encounters. Excitement and happiness radiate off him whenever he meets someone new, romps around with a playmate, or works on honing his leash skills.
Brad has played for the ACSKC’s team since late summer. His quirks promptly won the hearts of many, from his rambunctious play style to his penchant for mid-walk belly rubs. His slightly crossed eyes make him look a little derpy, but his bright heart and happy-go-lucky attitude soon outshine his asymmetry.
While not playing goalie, Brad loves to flop down for a nap in the company of the nearest humans. Brad’s ideal family would be one that could continue his training and offer lots of playtime.
His physical prowess and amiability would make him a fantastic addition to any team.
While he could play alone, he would love a canine teammate with whom he could work on his sprints.
Brad embodies the true spirit of the game– that of connection, dedication, and a celebration of being alive. Being in his company will lift one’s heart like a crowd rising for a goal.
This good boy cannot wait to charge through life with a soccer ball clamped between his teeth and his forever team cheering him on.
If you are interested in adopting Brad, you can fill out an adoption application online or in person at the Animal Care Shelter of Kent County at 10720 Augustine Herman Highway, Chestertown, MD, or call at 410-778-3648.