04/07/2011 at 06:00 PM EDT
What a dunk!
With a little help from owner Steve Foster, Grace the mule scores during a game of pick-up basketball.
But putting the ball through the hoop is just the beginning of her show-and-tell display, which includes kneeling to pray, painting and playing catch.
"When I first laid eyes on her, I thought there was something special about her," Foster told the Today Show
in 2009, when Grace made her feature film debut in the Robert Duvall drama Get Low
. "There was something special about her, and we just got a bond."
Since she joined the family, Foster has also taught Grace to play the piano, pick up the mail, greet guests with a handshake (she extends her leg), and basic multiplication.
"She knows the tone of my voice," he told the Northern Virginia Daily
. "When to stop and when to go."
Here's hoping more of Grace's tricks hit the big screen soon! See more amazing animals on PEOPLEPets.com:Luna the Cow Jumps Like a Horse!Aww! Featherless Penguin Dons Wetsuit