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Pets corner

15 Jan 2012

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Lifes a ball, for Ruby

The little jack russell has an irresistible urge to fetch any spherical object, be it a pebble or a tennis ball.

Ruby has a taste for lemons and has managed to carry a football in her tiny mouth.

She even dashed onto the court and stole the ball in mid-air while a couple were playing tennis.

As a puppy, Ruby once stole a tennis ball right out of the mouth of a fully grown – and bemused – rottweiler. Fortunately for Ruby, the “rotti” was well trained … and not hungry.

Ruby loves nothing more than taking a tennis ball on an outing in Southbank, where her owner Greg works, or at home in nearby St Kilda.

She won’t stop fetching, and will try to hide in long grass for a “breather”, hoping that Greg won’t notice that she’s tired.

Ruby turns 2 in April, and doesn’t mind a regular visit to her friendly vets at Port Phillip Animal Hospital, in Albert Park.

She has grown up with a male cat named Scotch, and they are the best of mates and chase each other around Greg’s apartment. She just can’t work out why all other cats get aggressive and will not join her for a friendly game of chase.

If anything, Ruby is too friendly and was once taken from outside Greg’s apartment. It took exactly a week of phone calls and dozens of reward posters by Greg and his mates before she was returned, via a well-known local boarding house.

Greg’s teenage daughter, Vanessa, reckoned the name Ruby suited her as a pup, “because she’s small and precious”.

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