It's a dog's life in the Army as new recruit Fionn goes on parade
HE has managed to overcome the public sector jobs embargo to become the Army's latest recruit.
But Fionn will have to earn his stripes if he is to justify his posting with the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment.
Although his shaggy hair is in stark contrast to the crew cuts of his colleagues, it hardly raised an eyebrow when he paraded for the first time with his regiment at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, yesterday.
The strapping newcomer -- an Irish wolfhound puppy -- has become the regiment's newest mascot following his handover by the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland.
Fionn's arrival is part of a military tradition of several army units of displaying mascots while on parade duties.
Yesterday's presentation was preceded by a parade by the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment Association of retired members, when Fionn got to meet their dog mascot, Corporal Cuchulainn.