Monday 20 November 2017

Aislinn O'Toole and Rizzo

Greg, Helen and Aislinn O'Toole with their four-month-old rescue dog Rizzo at home in Terenure
Greg, Helen and Aislinn O'Toole with their four-month-old rescue dog Rizzo at home in Terenure

"We lost our family dog Lola, who was a rescue, after nearly 18 years last September. She ruled the house and my mum said there was no way she was ever getting another dog. That changed when she realised how quiet it was without a furry friend.

Through my sister Shona's job, she made a contact in the ISPCA and the lady there told her about a litter of puppies in the Roscommon SPCA, being fostered by a lady in Kildare.

After two visits, we decided to take what inevitably turned out to be the wildest of the bunch. Rizzo joined the family two months ago - she is pictured left with my parents Greg and Helen, and myself.

After so many years with our beloved Lola, we'd totally forgotten what it was like to have a puppy - one that has tripled in size since November.

There have already been numerous visits to the vet; she's swallowed three socks so far and the third time she was not well at all so that was quite a worry.

She also has a penchant for digging up daffodil bulbs in the garden, which are toxic.

She is currently attending Puppy Play Dates each Saturday at the DSPCA run by King of Paws training - it's an amazing facility up there, and it's essential that puppies socialise with other dogs before they're too old, otherwise they'll never get used to being around them.

It's a veritable heaven on earth for anyone who likes dogs - I have friends ask me every week can they come, so they can play with the puppies."

Irish Independent

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