Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is giving a voice to the voiceless.
Wilson, who has always been exceptionally charitable, is partnering with the Banfield Foundation to raise awareness for the often unseen victims of domestic violence – pets.
In the United States, less than 10% of shelters for domestic abuse victims are animal-friendly, leaving many sufferers with the difficult choice between staying in a dangerous situation or seeking help, but leaving their beloved pet behind and at risk.
“It’s heartbreaking when you think about how nearly half of domestic violence victims stay in these situations and relationships because they’re worried and concerned about the safety of their pets,” Wilson told AOL.com.
To former tennis pro Andy Roddick’s 16-month-old son, everything is “Bob.”
Couches, horses, anything that’s not Mama or Dada — it’s “Bob.”
The adorable habit comes from one of Roddick’s two dogs, a four-year-old English bulldog named Bob Costas (yes, like that Bob Costas). The family also has a female bulldog named Billie Jean (yes, like that Billie Jean), who is nine.
“He loves them,” the 2003 US Open winner said of his son and the dogs. “[He] goes and lays on the dogs and it’s just like he knows they’re a part of everyday life, too.”
Roddick, a lifelong dog owner and lover, speaks highly of his bulldogs — but when it came time to pick his Purina Pro Plan bracket for the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the breed did not fare very well.
“I’ve seen my dogs too much to know they’re not gonna win,” he joked.