Tuesday 20 August 2019

My Pet: I do tricks - but only on my terms

Toby
Toby

Jo Downes

My name is Toby and I live in Maynooth. I am a Cairn Terrier, born in Northern Ireland. I have black ears, black nose and my coat is brindle. Let me tell you how I ended up with my family.

When I was three months old, my brothers and sisters began moving to their long-term homes. I thought nothing much of it - until one day I heard my owner at the time say: "I think it is time that this little lad goes..."

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My heart sank. I had no idea where I would end up and I was very comfortable where I was - there with my doggy mother and getting all her attention.

Then I overheard the humans say: "There is an enquiry from someone in Maynooth about this little chap. They will collect him next week."

I worried and worried, wondering where I was going to go. Well, I need not have fretted at all as I landed on my four feet when Dave and Jo came to collect me. I fell in love with them immediately and they with me. Sure, I was so cute anyone would love me.

I am taken to the university grounds for a walk each day and oh, how I love it, as all the students love me. When I see a group chatting, I make it my business to run towards them, wag my bushy tail, cock my ears and start whimpering.

I love the attention that I get from them and some make such a fuss of me, it makes my day. They say I am their therapy dog as right now they are doing exams. They also tell me how handsome I am - I won't argue with that.

I know a few tricks - such as high five, the paw, sit and roll over - but I will only perform when I feel like it. I am choosy as to where and when I will perform.

The noise horseboxes and trailers make when they go over bumps on the road sends shivers up my spine. I try to chase them to get rid of them, but Jo and Dave have me on a lead so I am restrained.

At home, I sit on top of the couch looking out of the window so I can see what is happening in the outside world.

Cats annoy me when they pass in front of the house, and just stop and stare in at me. Oh, I wish I could get out and chase the cheeky little chaps.

Jo Downes, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Name: Toby

Finest hour: Meeting Dave and Jo

Likes: Attention

Dislikes: Horseboxes. And trailers. And cats

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