AN IRISH-AMERICAN couple are the proud owners of a golden retriever with a very paw-ticular set of skills.
On first appearances Finley is like almost any other dog.
He’s very cute and super friendly to strangers, which isn’t out of keeping for his breed.
But beneath that warm, cuddly exterior beats the heart of a record breaker.
Because Finley has a very special trick – and it’s one that has made him world famous.
The six-year-old pup is capable of fitting not one, not two, not three, not four, not even five but a whopping six tennis balls in his mouth.
All at once.
What makes Finley’s achievement all the more incredible is that he taught himself how to do it after deciding he didn’t want to share any of his tennis balls with other dogs in the neighbourhood.
In any case, word of his impressive ball skills soon spread far beyond the quiet neighbourhood of Canandaigua, New York, where he lives with his owners Cheri and Rob Molloy along with their daughter Erin.
It was Erin who first picked up on his impressive talent.
She decided to chronicle his efforts on Instagram for all the world to see.
At the time of writing, Finley has close to 29,000 followers.
That number is likely to have increased after he set a new Guinness World Record for his fantastic four-legged, six-balled feat.
Incredibly a previous record in this particular category actually existed.
It was set by a dog called Augie over in Dallas way back in July 2003.
But Augie only managed five tennis balls and while Finley’s record isn’t yet official, pending paperwork, he now stands on the edge of history.
Something that will definitely give paws for thought.