Friday 20 April 2018

Our Oscar is wild about bacon rind

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

Margaret Hamilton, Co Kerry

Oscar came into my life by chance.

A mysterious box sits up on the gate post, so I go out and bring the box inside. Once open, a cat looks up at me, I reach in but the cat jumps out.

Each morning at sunrise Oscar will wait at the back door and once out he appears to have a set pattern. At first, he wanders round the garden, next he'll show us how agile he can be.

The barn has no roof as such, just a narrow plank of wood going across. Oscar walks over no problem. Before he comes back inside he'll stop for a drink - how convenient that there is a water trough situated on his way back. From there he jumps up on to a window ledge.

Birds sing while hopping from branch to branch, as they do Oscar tracks their every move. In the far corner of the garden stand tall trees, where Oscar gets down from the window ledge and crawls across the grass to stop under a tree. After a while he climbs up a tree and sits in a nest. But, as today is shopping day for me, I call Oscar.

Once inside he sits up on a window sill and waits for my return. Once back, I unpack the shopping as Oscar watches me. Oscar just loves to check out the shopping bags. When done he goes into the bags to make certain they are empty.

When satisfied, he takes off down into the living room and finds a place to relax. Meanwhile, seagulls fly over the garden. He remembers how one got too close a while back. As the afternoon slips by, early evening comes, so Oscar moves on in search of another warm place.

What better location than the kitchen. While there, something catches his eye so he feels the need to investigate. He has seen me put bacon rind into a flip top bin - so with two failed attempts with his paw, he decides to go head first into the bin. Victory!

A loud meow, there Oscar sits complete with bacon rind, plus the top of the bin round his neck. What a sight! As the day draws to a close, Oscar curls up on the chair beside the Stanley. Goodnight Oscar!

Name: Oscar

Finest hour: The would-be seagull catcher

Likes: Taking a siesta among the daffodils

Dislikes: Sleeping late in the morning

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