Wednesday 20 September 2017

My Pet: DJ had all the girls fighting over him

DJ the dog, with Clio behind the wheel
DJ the dog, with Clio behind the wheel

Brid Mulligan, Palmerstown, Dublin 22

Hi, I'm DJ. I think I'm a Jack Russell dog - but sometimes I get a bit confused. I would prefer to be a human. I really try to look and act like a human at times - but then I totally forget myself and go back to acting like a dog.

I used to look like Granny when my teeth stuck out but then I had to go to the dental vet where they were taken out and now I am back looking like myself.

I'm getting on now - I'm 11 years old - but I can still remember how I arrived at my home. I remember it like it was yesterday.

I was brought into the house in a shoe box and set down in the middle of a party of little girls.

My girl was 10 years of age - and I was the surprise present.

There was a DJ at the party and when I came in the box they were playing the song How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

That night was just fantastic.

There were loads of girls all fighting to hold me and pet me. I knew I'd be happy there. And that night was also when I got my name: from the DJ at the party.

I'm often asked if I'm named after DJ Carey (who he?), or sometimes I get called TJ which annoys me.

Another thing that really annoys me and sets me off barking is the doorbell. I just can't help myself. When Pat and Tilly call at the house they stand at the doorbell and keep pressing it - and I run and bark at it. They taped me and then played the tape back - so I was barking at myself then. That annoyed me.

They also play angry piano on my back - and I growl at them and they laugh.

Thankfully they live in Galway, but I am happy to see them visit sometimes.

When I was a young dog I visited them in Galway on their sheep farm. One sheep had a lamb so I decided it'd be fun to chase the sheep because they run - but this sheep stood her ground and did not run. Instead she came after me, and head-butted me, and then walked off with her lamb. I was sore after that and didn't do that again.

Look, that's a photo of me in the passenger seat! The driver dog is Clio. She joined the family about a year ago. At first I wasn't too happy but when I saw she could drive I was delighted. I am training her up.

She was very quiet when she arrived - she wouldn't bark at anything.

When I barked at the doorbell she just looked shocked - but now she barks along with me. We're a formidable team.

Name: DJ

Finest hour: Biting back at the sea

Likes: Chicken and driving with Clio

Dislikes: The angry piano game

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