Waffle the terrier is no ordinary dog, he has keen eye and nose for finding discarded balls. In fact, Waffle the dog has found over 1,000 discarded balls in his five years of life. His owner, Sarah Bennett from Devon, England, decided to put his curious pastime to good use.
Sarah decided to donate one British pound to a local dog rescue organization, Terrier SOS, for each ball that Waffle found in a week. She encouraged her friends to do the same, and before long, the little dog was racking in some serious donations for the dog rescue organization. According to the Huffington Post, a friend of Bennett’s created a YouCaring page for people to donate and track Waffle’s progress. Once the page went live and the media took hold of the story, donations started pouring in from across the globe.
In fact, donations have been made to this U.K. pup’s cause from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and South Korea.
Sarah tells the Metro that Waffle the Terrier has always had a love of finding discarded balls of various sizes.
“Right from when we first bought her as a puppy she would find a ball. Within the first week she found an old leather ball at the end of the garden. She collects balls of all sizes – from tiny bouncy balls to big space hoppers. She must have collected almost a thousand since we first got her.”
Sarah says Waffle finds golf balls, bouncy balls, beach balls, baseballs, and even volleyballs and brings them home. When they go on walks, Sarah will collect all of Waffle’s finds and bring them home to add to his collection. The tiny terrier has found so many balls that Sarah has had to create a special space for all the finds in her garage. She notes that waffle becomes very attached to all his finds.
Waffle continues to collect balls, but since the media got wind of the project, the donations have come flooding in regardless of Waffle’s finds. As of Wednesday evening, the total is more than 3,500 British pounds (about $6,000) surpassing the original goal of 600 British pounds by a wide margin. Bennett told the Huffington Post,
“The event captured the imagination of the dog-loving world. It has brought the worldwide terrier-loving community together, showing the good that social media can achieve!”
Check out some of the photos of Waffle with his finds.
Another unique pet charity reported on by the Inquisitr was an infographic war- Claws vs. Paws.
What do you think of this little terrier helping his own with this unique charity for rescue dogs?