Wednesday 18 September 2019

Cats and dogs can get along just fine

If you would like your pet featured in this column, please send a story of 440 words and a photograph to clearly labelled MY PET
If you would like your pet featured in this column, please send a story of 440 words and a photograph to clearly labelled MY PET

Anne O'Donovan (Age 12) Ballincollig, Co Cork

When I get up in the morning, I try to ignore the wetness of my feet as Lily's little pink tongue licks them as though her life depended on it. It is also very hard to ignore her small bright eyes as they stare imploringly up at me during meal time, begging me for a crust of toast or a bit of chicken from my plate. Normally, when my parents are not watching, my hand or fork would accidentally slip towards the ground with a little bit of food.

Lily will eat anything such as paper, hair bobbins, tennis balls - and a sliotar has been torn to shreds, and nobody in our house has flip flops anymore.

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The first day she came to our house was my dad's birthday. She was so small I could fit her into my school bag. I still can now, but I would have to take everything else out first.

My siblings and I were trying to name her when our cat, Ginger, appeared out of nowhere. Lily saw him and immediately froze, because she had never seen a cat before. Ginger froze as well, because he had seen dogs and knew they didn't like cats, or most of them didn't, anyway. Mum let Ginger in and I put Lily on the ground so they could talk to each other. Lily was all in favour and had already raced her way up to him. After a good deal of sniffing from Lily, and batting of paws from Ginger, he walked away for some food and seemed unimpressed by this new arrival, leaving Lily to be picked up by me to go to sleep in her crate. At breakfast the next day we were all amazed to see Lily and Ginger asleep together in Lily's crate. They had bonded overnight. That was over a year ago now. Lily and Ginger still sleep everywhere together and enjoy wrestling together when not snoozing.

Ginger acts as Lily's personal escort whenever we take her for a walk. He sometimes sits in the middle of the road and acts as a mobile speed bump, slowing the traffic outside our house. We regularly hear the cars beeping at him, but he won't move for them. Instead, they must drive slowly around him. Now, there is a new dog, Mitzey, in the family. She came to my granny from the dogs' home. She and Lily like each other, but Mitzey isn't sure about Ginger yet and vice versa. Lily and Mitzey love to play tag together.

I love all the pets in my family very much and I am sure everyone else does too.

Name: Lily and Ginger

Finest hour: Meeting each other for the first time

Likes: Wrestling and going for walks together

Dislikes: Wet and cold weather

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