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You'll Want To Pet Him! This Pup’s Unique Achievement Is Sparking Joy Around The Globe

The story of his paw-ticular set of skills is giving folks a much-needed break from a steady stream of bad news.


Most of us, at some point in our lives, have set some big goals for ourselves. Maybe it's buying a house, finding financial freedom or learning a new language. Whatever the case, the path to reaching those goals is never quite what you expect.

For Finley Molloy, a six-year-old Golden Retriever from Canandaigua, NY, the journey to reaching his goal was ambitious, hard-fought and filled with slobber.

The talented pooch has been perfecting the uncanny skill of holding six tennis balls in his mouth at one time. While you might say that, although unique, the dog's achievement doesn't mean much to anyone outside of his human family, you'll be surprised to learn that Finley actually earned a Guinness World Record for it.

After over a year of filling out paperwork and submitting the necessary documents, Finley's owner Erin Molloy got word last week that the pup's award was official. He had succeeded in edging out the previous record holder, a 5-tennis-ball-holding pooch from Texas.

"It's just so exciting," Erin told the Democrat & Chronicle. "When I look at him I'm like, 'I want to squeeze you, I love you so much!'"

Apparently, Finley's love for holding more than one tennis ball in his mouth started when he was about two years old. Over the years, he was able to fit more balls in his sizable jaws – a curiosity that seemed to come naturally, without any training or added pressure from his owners.

Finley beat out the current record holder, a Golden Retriever from Texas who could hold 5 balls in his mouth at once. @finneyboymolloy

Erin started an Instagram account to share Finley's unusual talent with the world, and while she was doing that, she found out about the Guinness World Record, and realized that Finley had beaten it.

After Erin announced to Finley's fans that he had finally gotten the award, she said she received hundreds of messages from people all over the world who wanted to congratulate him.

"A lot of the messages were like, 'We've been following Finley's journey to the world record for so long, this is so well deserved, so happy you finally got it,'" she said.

While Finley might not understand why his accomplishment has brought so much joy to others, Erin thinks it has a lot to do with giving people a break from all of the negative news coverage that has come from the coronavirus pandemic and recent protests about police brutality.

"It's lifting people's spirits more than we had ever expected or hoped for, which is really fulfilling," she said. "And it's really rewarding knowing that something as simple as a good boy is making people smile all over the world."

We love stories that focus on the good things that are happening in the world, no matter how small. Finley is an inspiration to all of us. He shows that no matter how difficult our goals might be, if we keep working at them - we'll get there eventually.

Congrats to Finley for a job well done! @finneyboymolloy

How can you start something good?

You can keep up with Finley's adventures by following his Instagram account.


You could also share this story and spread some joy to folks in your network who might need a break from the bad news.


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