My Pet: Read all about Paddington's story
Hello all, my name is Paddington and I'm a 16-week-old Newfoundland.
I started out in Co Cork, but now live in Dublin.
Paul and Ruth (my new best friends) lost their last Newfie called Bo Bo.
She apparently lived a great and long life, living to nearly 13, and I'm informed I have a lot to live up to.
Paul, who likes to think he's the boss, tells me he could never replace Bo, but he had to have a Newfie in his life. So here I am.
I must say I'm having great fun here.
I've met the local vet, who insisted on sticking a needle into me (ouch), but otherwise seemed to be very kind, and I heard Ruth say he's very professional - whatever that means.
Last Sunday I went to pre-puppy school, where two other puppies were both a little rough for me.
One of them, a Welsh Corgi, mistook me for a black sheep. I put him right about that, discovering at the same time that I had a deepish kind of bark which got the Corgi off my back .
Paul's car is an estate with an automatic back door. I've tried a few times to get my head caught in it - as Ruth nearly has a heart attack - but I'm getting the hang of it.
I seem to have acquired an awful lot of new toys and heard Paul mention something about money disappearing - but I didn't quite get that.
Apparently. I have to have very good puppy food, because I'm going to grow very, very big, and as I have webbed feet (oh yes I do, I'm the only breed of dog that does by the way), swimming will have to play a major part in my life.
My ancestors have shown great deeds of bravery throughout history and even had poetry written about them.
Ruth mentioned Lord Byron, but to be honest, I haven't read any of his books
At the moment my main hobbies consist of sleeping and playing with all my new toys and biting Ruth and Paul.
Ruth seems to make more noise than Paul when I dig my teeth in, but apparently the fun won't go on forever because they are due to fall out soon.
Does this involve a trip to the dentist?
I'll have to check that out.
Well, that's about it for now, but I'll keep you all up to speed as I continue this great adventure.
I'm pretty sure it's going to be a lot of fun, even if Paul does run out of money.
Paul Rees, Dublin
Finest hour: Sorting out the Welsh Corgi
Dislikes: The vet's needle
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