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Thursday 19 July 2018

A puppy tribute from Irish Guide Dogs to local business

Tom O’Neill thanks Rhona Tolan and her staff as well as dog walkers, Barry Kelly and Ronan Daly
Tom O’Neill thanks Rhona Tolan and her staff as well as dog walkers, Barry Kelly and Ronan Daly

The Balbriggan and North County Dublin Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs has paid a unique tribute to a Balbriggan business that has supported it over the years, by naming one of its puppies after the business owner.

Branch spokesperson, Tom O'Neil explained: 'We are very lucky in the amount of business supporters we have in the area and one such supporter is Monica Tolan Beauticians in Balbriggan.

'The other people Irish guide dogs for the blind can't manage without are puppy walkers. These are the people who take the pups at six weeks of age and keep them until they are around a year when they must give them up.

'The litters of puppies are named through the alphabet so if you have 10 pups in a litter, all the pups name begin with the same letter.'

Tom O'Neill's first guide dog was Frank, so Frank's siblings were Fred, Fota, Faron and Felix. When the 'R' letter came along you had Rhona and Rubble. Rhona is a puppy walked in Skerries by Barry Kelly and Rubble in Malahide by Ronan Daly and it also happens to be the name of business owner, Rhona Tolan. Tom said: 'So we linked the business owner Rhona Tolan to Rhona the puppy' as a tribute to the branch's long-time supporter.

The branch is now busy selling its Christmas cards and calendars which are available from various shops in Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush and Corduff.

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