This adorable dachshund has become a viral sensation for balancing a series of random objects on his head.
30-year-old Paul Lavery was amazed to discover his dog Harlso’s “hidden talent” for balance after he jokingly placed a squeaky toy on the pup’s head and watched as the pup stood still as a statue.
Wearing a jazzy bowtie, the 5-year-old pooch is now always showing off his talent for balancing various items on his head, including a globe, a glass of water, and a stack of doughnuts.
His talent has naturally catapulted him to internet stardom, with over 92,000 followers on Instagram alone.
Lavery, who lives with his partner Jen Scott at their home in Belfast, said: “We got him five years ago and we just fell in love with him at first sight and brought him home.
“For us, we didn’t know he knew any tricks. We tried teaching him to sit, lie down, roll over and he wasn’t interested!” Lavery mused. “When he was about two years old I sat a chicken toy on his head and he just sat there looking at it really still.
“I called Jen down and said: ‘Jen! Harlso has a hidden talent!’”
Soon after their discovery of Harlso’s unique skill in February 2016, the bewildered couple set up various social media accounts—and in a few months, Harlso had 14,000 followers.
“It really started growing quite quickly. People from all over the world follow him,” said Lavery. “When we created the Instagram account it was mainly just for us, family and friends. We never expected it to take it off. I just thought ‘who is going to be interested in seeing these photos and videos?’
“Harlso’s got his very own VIP fan club for the most dedicated fans and we get messages from people wanting to meet him.
“We got one message from an Australian couple who said they were in the area and asked if they could pencil in a time to meet him and pet him.”
Lavery takes photos and videos of the wiener dog balancing all sorts of things on his head, while dressed in an impressive array of outfits—with more than 300 bow ties to choose from.
“We always try to match his bow tie to what he’s balancing on his head. We try to do themes for Halloween, Christmas and Easter too,” explained Lavery. “You can put pretty much anything on his head as long as it’s not too heavy and too dangerous.
“I get people messaging me asking for training tips like I’m Cesar Millan! I do not know how he does this, one day he might decide to just stop,” he added.
“It’s amazing because when he was balancing things it used to surprise us but he can balance almost anything and 99% of the time, he manages to do it first time.”
Harlso has won a 2019 Webby Award due to his talents and is even listed as one off the Guinness World Records ‘Amazing Animals.’ He also recently won Northern Ireland’s Social Media Personality of the Year—all while beating several humans to the prize.
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