While much of the attention will be on Wexford Rose Joy Quigley at the Dome next month, the Castlebridge native is not the only local hope we have this year. Just 14 months old Lord Leroy, whose mother was a weimaraner German shorthaired pointer cross and dad a Hungarian wizla, will be Wexford’s representative in this year’s Nose of Tralee, an annual competition to find the best, most well-behaved pet in the land.
Having being chosen as one of three semi-finalists from Wexford, Leroy qualified for the final last week and will now go forward to the public vote which opens on August 3.
“Leroy is amazing, he is full of energy but at the same time when he sleeps he sleeps for Ireland,” said owner Sinead Ryan. “During the day when he needs a break he takes himself away from the buzz of humans and the other four-legged friends in the house and heads off up to the master bedroom for a snooze as any important lord should. So we always know where to find him if he disappears.”
Spending his days swimming in Edenvale and gambolling through the woods in the Raven, Leroy enjoys puzzles and hanging out with the Ryan’s other dogs, Po, a cocker Bernese cross, and Pepsi, a cockapoo.
“He has had basic puppy training locally last September which was fantastic. He is very obedient and will do anything for a treat. He has a great recall, goes to bed at 8pm, and gets up when he feels like it,” said Sinead. “He has been a fantastic addition to our family and has ensured I keep active and is a great work colleague along with our other four-legged friends.”
Although officially Sinead’s dog, she revealed that Leroy has quickly stolen the heart of another member of the family. “My husband is crazy about him, he’s fallen in love with him, he lets him in the bed, he sees no wrong in him. But Leroy is like that, he gets to your heart.”.
Lord Leroy can be found on Instagram, where the link to vote for him will be available on August 3: @Lord_Leroy1
Voting opens on August 3 and the winner will be announced on the August 23 after the public vote.