When we first got Smitten from Toronto Animal Services, we knew she was a special dog but we didn't know she had a love for the beautiful game. Every chance she gets, she's out there practicing and improving her technique.

Yes, I know she's cheating when she picks up the ball with her mouth but that's nothing compared to how she cheats when she plays chess.

8 Comments to “Skillz”

  1. Pibble says:

    Too incredibly cute! (And I'll keep in mind that she cheats at chess!)

  2. GoLightly says:

    It's a science, and she's carefully building her paw/ball coordination, clever girl!
    My old red dog in my avatar was a baton-twirling majorette in a past life. Give her a stick, and she'd twirl it on the end of her nose, toss it, and catch it, with amazing hilarious results. Towards the end of her long life, she felt she had mastered the skill.
    She retired from twirling sticks. She had attained her Ph.D. (stick twirling).
    She yelled at soccer/b/jolly balls, she'd herd them at full speed, then spin them up on her nose. Maybe she was a Harlem GlobeTrotter in another life;)

    Good luck, Smitten! Practice makes for perfection. What a beautiful, lucky dog she is!

  3. *LOL* The dog got some mad soccer skills, that's for sure! Thanks for giving me a smile for the day!

  4. What a talented girl! (as all herding dogs are.) :-)

  5. Dana says:

    That's terrific! What a beautiful, and obviously talented,

  6. Lynn says:

    What? What game? I don't get it. There are only 3 games that I know of: Football, Baseball and Basketball. Is there another game out there? Signed, American Girl

  7. Biscuit says:

    Hah, she's amazing! I watched that about five times. Go Smitty!

  8. Anne says:

    ha! she's so good at it! and i love her haircut

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