It started out as fun and games. Connie Baldwin would be playing pool in her Washington home, when her Chihuahua pup, Amadeus, would come sniff around, wanting to be held.
“One day, I just put him up on the table and said, ‘Go get the ball,’ ” she tells PEOPLEPets.com. “He couldn’t really bite them, but when I said ‘Go get the ball’ again, he started knocking them around.” Every time the eager pooch would knock one into the pocket, Baldwin would praise him – and that’s how the world’s smallest pool player got his start.
“He just realized that’s what you do; the balls go into the holes, then he gets praise,” she says. “People say I didn’t teach him the rules. I didn’t – I just taught him to clear the table!”
It’s certainly a convenient skill to have: Connie and her husband, Mike, run Robin’s Billiards in Monroe, Wash., where Amadeus joins them every day, often performing for customers. “They love him, and he loves them back,” she says. “They all hold him and spoil him rotten.”
While Amadeus clearly enjoys his little task – he has become a big hit on YouTube, too – there has been one downside to all his fame. “Now, he expects treats every time he [clears the balls],” Baldwin says. It’s a small price to pay for such a big talent!