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Pandemic pooches: Will our new obsession with dogs come back to bite us?

Thousands of people have acquired a canine companion since the pandemic hit, but Ireland may not be ready to fully cater for man’s best friend

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Dog owner Mairead Casey is campaigning for dog parks in Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Dog owner Mairead Casey is campaigning for dog parks in Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Vet and dog lover Pete Wedderburn

Vet and dog lover Pete Wedderburn

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Dog owner Mairead Casey is campaigning for dog parks in Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

By any reckoning, the year of the pandemic has also been the year of the dog. Anywhere you go — within your 20km bubble, of course — you’ll find yourself tripping over lurchers, setters, terriers, hounds, poodles, pugs, and quite possibly even 101 Dalmatians.

Prices have shot up as breeders struggle to keep up with demand, while waiting lists grow ever longer, as more and more households seek a canine companion to keep them company on their daily walk.


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