By David Aspinall
River the Golden Retriever would be the perfect canine to have around at last paw-ders as he can hold a glass for beer to be poured.
Proving once again that dogs really are man’s best friend, the five-year-old sits patiently while visiting Sycamore Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, with mum Kristen Sillay.
The patient pooch doesn’t move a muscle while Kristen places an almost empty plastic cup on his nose and friend Meredith Richmond films.
Slowly and carefully beer is poured from a pitcher until the glass is half filled and everyone congratulates River who has his own Instagram account, riverrunsgolden.
Meredith said: “River really is a special dog and loves the attention from balancing items.
“This day we celebrated him reaching 1000 followers and decided to try pouring beer.
“People started to gather around because they were amazed by his skill and he loves meeting new people.”
Kristen and her husband Chris adopted River when he was a puppy and quickly developed an incredible bond through his calm demeanour.
Meredith said: “River’s unwavering trust in Kristen has allowed her to teach him his balancing skills.
“Whenever she places something on his head, he immediately goes into “presentation mode” and goes still, waiting patiently for her command to relax.
“River LOVES to balance items on his head.
“We have balanced, pizza, plants, beers, sunglasses, and Jenga pieces on his head.
“He once had 18 bones stacked on his head but we never leave anything on him for more than one minute.”