Hot dogs – gentle giants of canine world honoured
WITH names like Aoife, Dougal and Domhnall, there was no doubting the Irish heritage of those who travelled from several countries to attend a unique Gathering event at the weekend.
The bearers of those undeniably Irish names were all Irish Wolfhounds who attended a special event to honour the gentle giants of the doggy world in the grounds of Farmleigh House, in the Phoenix Park.
The Irish Wolfhound Club, organisers of the free event, welcomed up to 70 of the tallest dogs in the world and their owners from the Netherlands, the UK, Spain and Northern Ireland.
And unlike typical dog shows, where yapping and teeth baring are commonplace, all was peace and tranquility in the arena where the dogs, renowned for their placid nature, were assembled.
Willeke Barens from the Netherlands had travelled all the way through the UK to attend the event, together with her three wolfhounds Fainne, Dougal and Billy Boy.
"They are so calm," she said, when asked how they coped with the journey.
Velda Clarke travelled from Ballymena, Co Antrim, with Padraic who was awarded first in his class.
Sandy and Bill Juliet had come all the way from Nebraska, USA, and were visiting the show with Kathleen Kelly from Holywood, Co Wicklow, who bred their own wolfhound. The American couple have three of these dogs, called Aoife, Mungo and Una.