Meet Lilo – the Corgi who can throw basketball trick shots

Five-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Lilo turned lockdown boredom into something pretty impressive by learning basketball trick shots.

She spent the months at the height of the pandemic taking out the energy she would usually get from socialising with other dogs , on balloons.

Owner Denny Ku noticed the motion of Lilo hitting the balloons was similar to that of shooting a basketball and soon began teaching her ‘trick shots’. Denny, 29, films and publishes her amazing trick shots on the social media page @aircorg and his talented little fluffball is now gaining a lot of attention.
Proud owner Denny, of Houston, Texas, said: ‘I think because of the pandemic. Lilo wasn’t getting out all her energy from fetch alone.
Video grab of Lilo the corgi and her unique talent - throwing basketball trick shots
Lilo the corgi showing off her talent (Picture: @aircorg / SWNS.COM)

‘She used to go to daycare or chase the neighbours kid’s dogs daily, but with social distancing it was pretty rough on her social time.

‘So I think one day she took out her energy on a bunch of balloons and we saw the motion of hitting the ballon was similar to shooting a basketball and thought we give it a shot.

Lilo the Corgi
Lilo the Corgi (Picture: @aircorg / SWNS.COM)

Here’s looking at you. Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.

‘We taught Lilo her trickshots ourselves. It’s her favourite activity by far. Right when we get off work, she runs to the ball and lays there ready to go!’ The hardest tricks she’s mastered include the Balcony Shot, which she made from the second story andThe Off the Fan shot – where she hit it up to the fan and it bounced off three walls to go in.

She also managed to shot it into the basket, down the stairs and into another basket.

Video grab of Lilo the corgi and her unique talent - throwing basketball trick shots
She’s learnt some impressive tricks (Picture: @aircorg / SWNS.COM)

‘If I could sum of everyone’s reaction it be the emoji “:O”, haha, or the head explosion one.

‘I hope everyone’s reactions are similar to the ones I show in my videos. These shots are tough and every basket that goes in feels like a game-winner.

‘Right now there are no competitions for this, but she has been featured in some amazing channels such as Good Morning America.’ And although she’s five, Denny says she has no intention of slowing down.

‘Lilo honestly keeps me young. She acts like a puppy still at age five. She never runs out of energy.

‘I have to chug probably three cups of coffee just to keep up with her energy level.

Learn to read your dogs body language. Since no dog I know of is able to mosey up to the kitchen table, pour himself a cup of coffee, and confess to all of the things that annoy, frighten, and stress him out, I suggest that the next best thing is to learn to read your dog’s many signals and body language. This is how your dog will communicate with you.

‘She’s definitely the Alpha/Leader of this household. My wife and I are just her biggest fans haha.’

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