The Cygnet, the Cat and the Goldfish

The Cygnet trains in the backyard with Yuki the cat.

The Cygnet training with Yuki.

Yuki is a Geelong supporter. Think about it

Yuki is a Geelong supporter, think about it


Footy and My Pets

by The Cygnet

Year 2, age 7 ½

For Christmas last year, I got a kitten. She is dark grey all over with tiny white socks on her paws, a white belly and chest and chin. I called her Yuki which means snow in Japanese. It looks like she’s been walking in snow.

So, now I have a question to ask you. What team do you think my cat supports?

Mum thinks she’s a blue, a Carlton cat. It does say on her birth certificate that she is ‘blue with white paws.’

Dad thinks she is a Giant. She has orange eyes with grey and white fur. What about the pupils in her eyes? They’re black!

The Vet says that she thinks Yuki might have some Burmese in her. And there’s only one team with a player who’s Burmese – that’s Sydney, with Trent Dennis-Lane. Sydney, that’s my team!

But back to Yuki … this is what I think. All of those guys have forgotten something, and it’s an obvious thing too. What’s blue and white, has whiskers (stubble), runs fast and loves to chase a ball? A CAT!! How could they be so stupid. She’s a Geelong Cat.

Whenever I’m training in the backyard – ‘backyard footy’ I call it – she chases me down the wing. I think she’s an outside midfielder. Whenever I throw a scrunched up paper ball down the hallway of the house, she retrieves it (maybe she’s a Dog!?) Her favourite toy is a very large bird’s feather, which she attacks with great strength. But the feather keeps going. Maybe that’s why the Crows, Swans and Magpies have beaten the Cats recently!

She’s not the only pet in my house to be involved with footy. Let me tell you about the apple snails that live in my goldfish tank. You put apple snails into your tank to help keep it clean. I’ve always named my apple snails after Sydney Swans players.

My first two were Lewis Jetta and Gary Rohan. Gary Rohan somehow killed Lewis and then I was left with one. Then I got Jed Lamb, who killed Rohan, which left me with one again. They were happy days, until Dad and I decided to get Jed a friend – Sam Reid. Jed was fine but after a few months, we found Sam’s empty shell on the bottom of the tank one day – he must have disintegrated. Or? That was about the time Sam Reid’s kicking started to go off the boil. You’d think we’d be smart enough not to get another snail, but Mum and I were near the aquarium one day, when we said, ‘Let’s get Jed a friend’. He was a giant snail. We called him Tony Armstrong, cause Tony had just made his debut. We did notice Tony climbing up Jed’s back a few times. Then, after a couple of weeks, Jed was dead. Which left me with one again.

Footy and pets are a great match. I wonder if Mum and Dad would buy me a Swan!


  1. Copying from the kids here but – LOL!

    This is seriously one of the funniest pieces I’ve read on this site. Those apple snails – ROFL

  2. Cygnet – there might be a pattern developing with your snails.

    Does your Cat kill birds? Liike magpies for example?

  3. Lord Bogan says

    Cygnet, Yuki looks like she has sharp reflexes unlike Geelong at the moment. Don’t listen to Dips. He is a mean little man.

  4. John Harms says

    Sensational Cygnet.

  5. Rick Kane says

    Hi Master Cygnet

    I don’t wanna get picky or nothing but maybe the bird’s feather Yuki is playing with if from a Hawk. Sadly, I could understand Yuki ‘playing’ with that. Let’s wait until 3 August and see if the feather can finally reduce the Cat(s) to a ball of yarn(s).


  6. Max Wiggins says

    Hi The Cygnet

    Great story on your pets. Good luck keeping a swan in the house. Name one of those snails Josh Kennedy! It may help us win next week!

    Yuki does look like the giants but I hope she doesn’t catch any mossies before next week.

    Hope to see more about your pets. Great Work


  7. The Cygnet says

    Hi it’s the Cygnet.
    I have some horrifying news to tell you since I sent the piece!!!!
    Tony Armstrong is DEAD. I don’t know how, but somehow he died. We had to flush him down the toilet.
    And so the story goes on … Tony Armstrong died, which left me with none.

    Happily the fish are still fine. But the tank is empty of snails until we get back from holidays in a week. Stay tuned!
    Yours truly,
    The Cygnet

  8. John Harms says

    To the sad Cygnet

    I am terribly sorry about Tony Armstrong. However, from an edotor’s point of view, it makes your story even funnier.

  9. pamela sherpa says

    Oh dear! I do hope you find a like coloured /pet minded replacement. Wonderful story.

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