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Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Meet the dog who copies his master’s habit

Jasper, an 18 month old King Charles Spaniel, is a huge hit in Glinsk, Co Galway

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  • 12:38, 8 APR 2015
  • Updated 12:59, 9 APR 2015

We’ve heard of a dog being a man’s best friend – but this pooch takes the biscuit pipe.

Galway hound Jasper, an 18 month old King Charles Spaniel, copies his master Padraic Sirr by smoking a pipe.

The dog has become famous in the Glinsk area for his habit.

But the pair received bad news this week when they found out their mutual passion for pipe smoking must come to an end.

A recent diagnosis of diabetes has put paid to the habit for Padraic, which has confused his canine friend who is also partial to a puff.

Padraic explained: “I was a heavy smoker up until two weeks ago when the doctor told me I’d have to give it up.

“The dog has been copying me since he was a small pup and even though there’s nothing in the pipe I give him, he loves holding it in his mouth.

“He gets fierce excited when I ask him where his pipe is and will jump up to the drawer on the dresser where we keep it, as he knows well where it is.

“If I had time to train him I reckon he’d be on the telly as he’s incredibly intelligent and understands every word that is said to him.

“I spend hours chatting to him and we have great fun together. He’s certainly not like any of the dogs I’ve had before, that’s for sure.”

Padraic and Jasper are well known in the area, as Padraic is also known for his impressive collection of beehives in the back garden of his home on the Ballymoe Road.

“Years ago we’d have had a lot more animals but now it’s just us and Jasper as well as a couple of hens and the bees,” he added.

“I think it was by accident Jasper ended up with the pipe as he would have been copying me in the evenings when I’d be sat in the chair puffing away.

“He probably won’t understand why I’m not doing it anymore but I doubt that will bother him as he’s never happier than when he has the pipe in his mouth.”

Jasper, an 18 month old King Charles Spaniel, is a huge hit in Glinsk, Co Galway