It’s nice to have shared activities with a pet dog, like watching television, hiking or playing Frisbee. But smoking?
Padraic Sirr, a man from Ireland, and Jasper, his beloved 18-month-old King Charles Spaniel, have been ‘smoking’ together in the evenings for quite some time now. The pair are well known for their matching pipes in the town of Glinsk, where they live and tend to a collection of beehives in Sirr’s back garden.
“[Jasper] gets fiercely excited when I ask him where his pipe is,” says Sirr. “He will jump up onto the drawer on the dresser where we keep it, as he knows well where it is. I think it was by accident he ended up with the pipe, copying me in the evenings when I’d sit in the chair puffing away.”
Recently, however, Sirr was told that he is a diabetic and needs to quit his old habit—or else. This means that Jasper, who is also partial to a puff, must put away his pipe too. Or does it?
It’s strange for Jasper that his owner doesn’t take out his pipe anymore. He’s confused, according to Sirr.
“The dog has been copying me since he was a small pup,” he explains. “Even though there’s nothing in the pipe I give him, he loves holding it in his mouth.”
Smoking may be bad for you, but Jasper looks darn cute pretending.