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What has 4 legs and never fumbles? UC Davis tee-snatching dog grabs spotlight

FILE -- Pint the dog retrieves the kicking tee after the opening kickoff as the UC Davis Aggies host the Eastern Washington Eagles in their Big Sky Conference game at Jim Sochor Field at Aggie Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
FILE -- Pint the dog retrieves the kicking tee after the opening kickoff as the UC Davis Aggies host the Eastern Washington Eagles in their Big Sky Conference game at Jim Sochor Field at Aggie Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Special to the Bee

A black lab named Kohl made headlines and TV highlights after video of the dog in action – dashing to retrieve the tee at a Boise State football game – reached hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter last week.

It didn’t take long for another work-hard-play-hard pup, based in California, to draw media attention.

Pint, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, has been performing the same tee-snatching duties at UC Davis home football games for the past five years, ESPN reported Friday.

Pint’s owner is Dr. Danika Bannasch, a professor and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, according to a Facebook post by the school.

Bannasch told ESPN that she makes sure Pint can’t see the football during kickoff, saying he’d go after it “because it looks an awful lot like a duck.”

It’s a skill position in the canine world.

“I’ve never seen him fumble a tee,” UC Davis associate athletic director Josh Flushman told ESPN.

Bannasch said in 2012 that Pint “totally knew what he was doing.

Pint has his own Facebook page with over 800 followers, who can watch fan-shot video clips of the retriever in action.

UCD plays its next home game Sept. 30, hosting North Dakota. Pint will be there at 6 p.m., ready for kickoff.

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