A dog in Lancashire has taken it upon himself to do rudimentary household tasks to help out his owner, including fetching the phone, loading the washing machine and even opening the door.
Elaine Wall, 44, from Leyland told the Lancashire Evening Post how her border terrier Sparky has put himself to use around the house and on the road, making life much easier for her.
Ms Wall has severe arthritis, fibromyalgia and brittle bones, conditions that have been getting increasingly worse over the past ten years or so, which means day-to-day tasks can be very difficult for her.
She said: "I can now pop to the shops on my mobility scooter knowing that if I drop my purse or anything Sparky will pick it up – it’s not easy to ask a stranger to pick up your personal possessions.
"It's a funny thing to say but I feel I’m no longer invisible thanks to my little helper."
Whether it be the dog food diet or something in the water, Ms Wall has certainly benefited from having an extra pair of hands around in her time of need.