CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — It’s official: Finley’s a Guinness World Record Holder.

Finley Molloy, a 6-year-old golden retriever from Canandaigua, Ontario County,has finally been recognized for his adorable, preternatural talent of holdingsix tennis balls in his mouth at once.

After submitting various pieces of evidence for an extensive applicationprocess that stretched out for more than a year, Finley’s family received anemail last week confirming that all their hard work had paid off.

“It’s just so exciting,” said Erin Molloy, Finley’s human sister.

“When I look at him I’m like, ‘I want to squeeze you, I love you so much!’”

Though Finley never seemed to mind the process, his family’s relieved thatthey no longer have to remember to pull out their phones and record when hestarts picking up tennis balls in the backyard.

And that, Molloy said, was certainly worth celebrating.

Naturally, a socially distanced “pawty” was in order.

Finley’s family got a cake from BONES Dog Bakery in Rochester and invited theneighbors and some of Finley’s closest dog pals over to hang out in the yardon Sunday.

“He got pretty excited when all of our neighbors were outside his front yard,”Molloy said. “Obviously, he’s staying humble, but I think he’s pretty pumped.”

Previously reported:This dog can fit 6 tennis balls in his mouth, morethan Guinness World Record holder

Molloy, who brought Finley home to her parents’ house in 2014 when he was a10-week-old puppy, said he first started picking up multiple tennis balls onhis own when he was about 2 years old.

In the following years, he worked his way up to five, and then to six. Andit’s something he’s always done without any help (or pressure) from his humanfamily, she said.

In 2018, Molloy created an Instagram account in the hopes of sharing Finley’sfunny talent with the world (his username is @finnyboymolloy). It now has morethan 36,000 followers.

Source: USA Today

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