Monday 19 August 2019

My Pet: Sweet Segosha makes a big splash

OLD PALS: The dog and duck
OLD PALS: The dog and duck

Aisling Murray

Name: My Auld Segosha

Hello! I'm Segosha, an 18-month-old Newfoundland. I'm originally from Co Kilkenny and my Dad is called Oscar, while my Mam's name is Amber.

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My human Mamma came to Kilkenny one day and, out of all my brothers and sisters, she picked me. Our eyes met across the front garden - and it was love at first sight. I knew I had found my forever home in Co Laois.

Mamma's previous dog - a St Bernard called Ted - had recently gone to rainbow heaven. Alas, Mamma's own Mam had also gone to heaven the previous summer. So I knew I had to win her heart and shower her with love. After all, I had big 'paws' to fill...

Mamma's own Mam used to call her 'my auld Segosha' when she was a little girl. It means 'darling'. So that's how I got my name.

One time we were at the zebra crossing and I got stage fright. Mamma had to carry me. A few cars hooted their horns and waved. I guess I looked cute at six months old in Mamma's arms! This summer we are going to the seaside. I am super excited as I am an excellent swimmer. I am a rescue dog with a thick coat and webbed feet. Tramore here I come!

I go walking in Mount Saint Joseph Abbey in Roscrea a couple of times every week. I meet my friends, Duke (the Basset Hound), Moose and Bear (both fellow Newfoundlands), Casey (he's a Bernese) and Bubbles, the Springer Spaniel. We have races to see who can reach the waterfalls first.

I love rolling in the grass - especially when it's wet and mucky.

Last week I got a present as I had been a good girl. I got a Kong toy - and I spent ages trying to work out how to get the treat. It's great fun. I eventually got the treat out yesterday. Yippee.

But really, I get a treat every night - a big hug and a kiss when Mamma puts me to bed. Today, Mamma and I are going to see Angela for my pampering session. I'm so looking forward to it.

Thanks for reading my story.

Aisling Murray,  Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois

Finest hour: Meeting Grandad's 90-year-old teddy bear, Ted Sr in person. He's very old and had arthritis, so can't come down the stairs without assistance

Likes: Running through the fields, and marrow bones from the butchers

Dislikes: Climbing the stairs

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