Thursday 25 May 2017

Are these Ireland's most beautiful dogs?

Nutmeg from Drumcondra in Dublin... Leinster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition
Nutmeg from Drumcondra in Dublin... Leinster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Four dogs from across Ireland are competing to be the poster dog on thousands of dog food packs.

A border collie from County Galway, a cockapoo from Belfast and cross breeds from Dublin and Killarney  are all ‘in the picture’ to have their portrait on thousands of dog food packs across Ireland as part of a competition run by Brandy, the country’s biggest home grown dog food brand.

The four dogs have been chosen from hundreds of entries to represent Connaught, Ulster, Leinster and Munster in the overall final in a bid to be named Face of Brandy 2016.

The overall winner will star on selected packs of Brandy Dog Food for three months with all four finalists winning a photoshoot.

The four finalists are as follows:

Connaught

Daisy from Gort in County Galway... Connaught winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition.
Daisy from Gort in County Galway... Connaught winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition.

‘Super friendly’ Daisy lives with owner Sarah Adams and her partner Christopher in the town of Gort in south Galway. 

Sarah received Daisy as a pup when her next door neighbour’s dog had a litter. Now she is an invaluable member of the family, along with the couple’s other dogs – two staffordshire bull terriers called Honey and Trigger. 

She loves playing with her ball and her favourite game is fetch.  Her best trick is ‘paw’ for which she is always rewarded with a special treat or two.

 She travels to work with Sarah every day and loves sitting in the front seat of the car.  She takes pride in her appearance too as she loves being groomed and is very partial to a neck scarf.

Leinster

Lurcher Nutmeg was rescued by owner Hannah Ridgeway from the Dogs Trust in March this year and now lives in Drumcondra, Dublin, with Hannah and her partner John. 

Nutmeg from Drumcondra in Dublin... Leinster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition
Nutmeg from Drumcondra in Dublin... Leinster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition

She is loveable, friendly and loves people and kids.  She’s gentle, mischievous and funny and as soon as the doorbell rings she runs to grab her Frisbee and greet the guest at the front door. 

She’s a typical pup who wants to play all the time and loves to go exploring before returning home to crash out together.  Running and cuddles are the top things that she enjoys and the only time she ever barks is when she’s hungry.  She absolutely loves her food, especially chicken and fish.

Ulster

‘Dream’ dog Jess, a cockapoo from north Belfast, was a Christmas present for seven year old Zac Gibson last December and since her arrival has become a very important member of the family. 

Jess from Belfast
Jess from Belfast
Jess from Belfast... Ulster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition

 She loves cuddles, hates the rain and her favourite toy is an elephant that she’s had since the first day she arrived.  She also loves the bath and would stay in there all day if she could – but she goes crazy at the hairdryer and it usually takes two people to get her dried afterwards. 

Unlike most puppies, Jess hasn’t chewed everything in the house but she’s still very mischievous and loves to steal underwear and socks off the radiator.

Munster

Family dog Buddy from Killarney in County Kerry is a Jack Russell cross breed and the only male in the final four. 

Owner Jackie Toner says that Buddy is now a bone-a-fido member of the family which also consists of daughters Margaret, Fiona, Shannon and Grainne, and two more dogs Sam and Lucy.

He loves the kids, even if they can be a little rough with him sometimes. 

When he was just six weeks old, they were playing with him in their arms and dropped him, and he twisted his paw – but he hasn’t let that get the better of him and he does everything that an able bodied dog would do. 

Buddy is a very placid, friendly dog and loves getting loads of kisses and cuddles.

Buddy from Killarney in County Kerry... Munster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition.
Buddy from Killarney in County Kerry... Munster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition.
Buddy from Killarney in County Kerry... Munster winner in the Face of Brandy 2016 competition with owner Jackie Toner (right) and her daughter Grainne

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