A dog is man’s best friend, but it turns out they can make great basketball teammates too.
Don’t believe us? Well, a Corgi from Houston, Texas has won a lot of fans online due to her impressive talent for the sport.
Six-year-old dog Lilo was taught to shoot hoops by his owner Denny Ku, 29, during the coronavirus lockdowns, and now has 643,700 followers on TikTok, as well as more than 14.8 million likes.
In videos posted by Ku to his Aircorg account, the animal can be seen kicking a ball into various baskets.
The idea of teaching his dog trick shots came to Ku after he let her play with balls because she couldn’t mix with other dogs due to social distancing.
He told the Underground: “She used to go to daycare or chase the neighbours’ children’s dogs every day, but with the social distancing it was quite difficult for her.
“So I think one day she spent her energy on a bunch of balls and we saw that the motion of kicking the ball was similar to shooting a basketball and we thought we were giving her a luck.
“We taught Lilo her own acrobatic shots. It’s by far her favorite activity. As soon as we get out of work, she runs to the ball and lays on it ready to go!”
One of Lilo’s latest hit videos, which you can see here, was posted on September 10 and has already garnered over 2.8 million views.
It shows the animal using his skills to predict the winners of NFL Week 1 games.
The dog stands at the top of the stairs and hits a ball with his head into one of the two baskets on the lower steps.
Each basket bears a label that matches the logo of a football team, and whichever basket a shot lands in is meant to be the prediction of which team animal will win.
another video, which can be seen here, was filmed on August 22 and shows Lilo performing a “round the world” exercise on a trampoline – she directs the ball into the net from different positions.
With 69,500 views and 7,500 likes, this is just another of many impressive clips that show off the dog’s ability.
Lilo is also a fan of special effects, which is clear to see in a video, visible here, published on December 12, 2020.
In it, the animal leaps from a bed to kick the ball towards a fan, which spins it into a wastebasket.
Although in the viral video we can see that there are many failed attempts, the reward is definitely worth the wait.
Newsweek has reached out to Ku for comment.