NEW YORK (Reuters) – On a chilly afternoon in the quiet of lockdown life in Aamli, Norway, Kiara decided she would take a crack at volleyball.

Her first punt on the ball swung far to the right, forcing team mate Mathias Berntsen, a professional beach volleyball player and Olympic hopeful, to crane his arm backward and make contact.

Her second was perfect: dead centre with the right amount of elevation to allow Berntsen to unleash a cracking spike on his opponents.

That any novice could so quickly master the manoeuvre would be impressive – that Kiara did so despite being a 3-year-old Flat-Coated Retriever-Labrador mix was even more so.

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