YOUR PETS Archie is a star on In­sta­gram

South Wales Echo - - YOUR PETS -

Pet’s name: Archie Breed: Vic­to­rian bull­dog Age: 10 Owner: Cardiff. Owner’s story: Archie is such a soft and gen­tle dog and he’s so af­fec­tion­ate. We used to have a rot­tweiler called Rocky as well and the two of them were best friends.

But then Rocky died two years ago and Archie went through a very tough time.

He of­ten went to the back room on his own and he didn’t want to spend time with peo­ple.

But three months af­ter Rocky died Archie started cry­ing all night long.

It was like hav­ing a baby and we were up all night with him.

He used to sleep down­stairs with Rocky but we de­cided to let him come up­stairs – and he hasn’t left ever since.

He knows his bound­aries and he knows he can’t go up­stairs on his own but he has also changed and be­come the most af­fec­tion­ate dog and just loves spend­ing time with us.

I had never re­ally known Archie’s Rachel Les­lie, 34 from Ely, ex­act breed so I de­cided to get a DNA test done on him for my boyfriend’s birth­day.

I found a test on­line and did a swab of his cheeks and it came back show­ing he has one bull­mas­tiff par­ent and the other par­ent is a mixed bull­dog breed.

Archie loves food. He will eat ab­so­lutely any­thing but his favourite is Sun­day din­ner, es­pe­cially chicken.

One day I had or­dered a pizza and left it in the kitchen and went to eat it later on – but it had all gone and Archie had even closed the box to hide the ev­i­dence.

If I leave food on the side in the kitchen he pre­tends he’s leav­ing the room but he walks in front of the plate to see if he can have any­thing.

He has his own In­sta­gram ac­count and is very pop­u­lar on there.

He has a lot of dog friends on there and they like it when he dresses up in dif­fer­ent cos­tumes.

Archie has beau­ti­ful mark­ings on him and he is gen­tle and kind.

We’re due to have a baby any time soon and I know Archie will be great with the baby.

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