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Dog day happiness for caring Carter
01/06/2017 10:26 PM ET
Independent import, Alex Carter, shows his love for Chance the Labrador pup and Cooper the Basset Hound.
Independent import, Alex Carter, shows his love for Chance the Labrador pup and Cooper the Basset Hound. 

On Sunday January 8, the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, is partnering with Guide Dogs SA and all Bite fans can bring their dog to the game.

For many a dog is more than just a pet, they are a companion, a best friend, and a supporting figure. Not only do dogs help people, we help dogs, and Alex (A.C.) Carter is one Bite player with a long history of helping dogs.

"My family has always had a ton of dogs around," he says, "Generally they are all rescue dogs but we find some on the street.

"For example, Taffy, a cranky, small, white dog, was found after the horrendous 2004 hurricane season in Florida so it was natural for my family to branch into fostering."

Growing up around dogs, Carter is one of many who spent hours on end with a family pet, and for many kids growing up Guide Dogs also provides them with a support dog to help navigate a difficult period of life.

Unlike baseball, which comes with highs and lows as a supporter, dogs bring enthusiasm and energy with no lows.

I spent my early childhood romping through the orange groves with Cody, a black Labrador mutt," Carter says.

"Since then I have always had dogs around and I have always really connected with them. Dogs are one thing that, without fail, brings me happiness and excitement in a way that not many other things do."

Back home, his family are still heavily involved with rescuing and fostering dogs, with his aunt working with a Georgia based rescue organisation called Angels Among Us. Rescuing cats and dogs from high kill shelters, Angels Among Us saves countless lives with some fostered pets permanently finding a home with the Carter family.

Leaving behind their pet is a tough ask for anyone, let alone for a baseball player who spends several months out of the country. For those of us who can go home after a tough day and give our fur-ever friend a pat, remember those who have to wait a little longer, and those who depend on their canine companions for support.

"It's always sad to say goodbye to the dogs in my family and I wish I could take them along for the adventure," Carter says.

"It's particularly sad to say goodbye to Cooper, a sweet boy of a Basset Hound, but, fortunately he has my cousins to keep him company.

"While he doesn't howl quite as loudly when he sees them, they can keep him happy enough until I come back."

More information on Guide Dogs SA can be found at their website.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.