Mila the pit bull could probably have gone on catching treats forever if her foster mom, Kim Seidl, hadn't run out. But she still nabbed a whopping 30 in a row, all caught on video:
"I almost never feed any of my fosters out of a bowl," explains Seidl, who recently discovered this talent of Mila's during a training session. "They have to work for it in one way or another."
Seidl was working with Mila on down and stay commands when she got tired of walking over to give Mila her reward treats. Instead, she threw one.
"It was a terrible toss, but she caught it anyway," Seidl says. "After tossing her more and more I realized she was kind of a freak. She has amazing eye sight. I couldn't even see the food I was tossing but she still kept catching them."
This sweet dog has a sad backstory: She was given up to the Washington Humane Society in the nation's capital about a year ago, when her family moved into housing that doesn't allow pit bulls. She'd had four human siblings and a canine sister, who was also surrendered but found a new home fairly quickly.
This 6-year-old was not so lucky. Despite a friendly, funny, independent personality, she languished until four and a half months ago, when Seidl -- a photographer who describes herself as a "serial foster" -- brought Mila home.
"She started to really deteriorate at the shelter after so much time, so when I was ready for my next dog, the folks at WHS arranged an introduction and she came home with me," she says.
In the months since, Seidl has discovered this doggie to be a "great companion" who is "lazy in the house but always down for new adventures," she says. "She also doesn't snore, which rare in the pitty kingdom!"
Undoubtedly, Mila -- who is now experiencing some hip dysplasia, and will likely need surgery -- has more hidden talents galore, which the family who takes her home for the long haul will be able to uncover.
"I think she'd love to have a big family again. She seems to be happiest when surrounded by activity and I think the more people the better," says Seidl, adding that "no cats" would be best for this treat-eating girl to whom she's gotten so attached -- but hopes will be leaving her soon.
"I cry my eyes out every single time [my foster pets] get adopted because I love them and know I will miss them terribly," she says. "But ultimately, at the end, not only do you get to save the dog, have a fabulous companion for awhile, experience all of these emotions, but you get to make a new happy family."
Find out more about Mila on her Facebook page. And get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a talented pit bull in your life!