I was a model pet but my fig­ure went

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Viewpoints -

HI, I’m Yuppy. I was born on Jane Scully’s farm near Bal­ti­more, Co Cork, where she keeps dogs, cat­tle and horses.

One day this fam­ily from the other side of Cork city came down and picked me out of the lit­ter. I don’t know why me as I had lots of broth­ers and sis­ters to choose from, but I am very glad. It was a match made in heaven — their older pet was very kind to me and helped me set­tle in and we have all been very happy ever since.

I’m go­ing to tell you some­thing very scary! My da is a vet! Imag­ine that, hav­ing to live un­der the same roof as a vet — ac­tu­ally he is very nice, but when I see him putting on his gloves, or stand­ing at the back of his Jeep, I’m off! Luck­ily, I can take refuge un­der the couch, no­body can reach me there.

I’m a great catch. Yes, I love games with the ten­nis ball, I can catch any ball in the air. I would have made a great goalie, given the chance. When my mom comes in from work, I know she is very tired, but she will al­ways give me and my house­mate Ruby a game of ball. Af­ter ball we have our sup­per, then mom and da have their sup­per.

I have my own seat at the ta­ble, but some­times I’m bet­ter off un­der the ta­ble, where I might be handed down a cracker with some Cashel Blue, my favourite.

Af­ter sup­per, Ruby goes on fox-watch. He can dan­gle him­self over the back of the couch, where he keeps watch out of the win­dow. As soon as he thinks he sees a fox, he sounds the alarm and next thing all hell breaks loose and we clam­ber to be first out the kitchen door and dash out for the chase. Ruby could “see” many foxes in an evening. My other favourite time is when we have vis­i­tors over, be­cause we all sit down to­gether and I love lis­ten­ing to the con­ver­sa­tion and I can cud­dle up with ev­ery­one.

My proud­est mo­ment was be­ing cho­sen, with Ruby, to model for Bu­cas dog rugs. Gosh, mod­el­ling is tir­ing! I just wanted to lie down on the grass, but they kept call­ing me and snapping their fin­gers. It was all worth­while as we were al­lowed keep the rugs. I was very pop­u­lar then, and started my own Face­book page. I don’t think I would be cho­sen to model now as I lost my good fig­ure along the line!

My mom some­times brings home strays. Of course, I don’t know their un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion, but I re­ally don’t like this in­tru­sion in my life — they are usu­ally smelly, and she has to give them spe­cial at­ten­tion, so I lose out. Surely all dogs should have a happy home like me?

Yas­min Hyde, Co Cork

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