12 October 2009

Enjoying Pet Expo 2009

The Pet Expo was brillant fun - so many dogs, okay so many animals - and lots of friends to meet! We loved meeting Nano - an Irish Wolfhound and Therapy Dog. 'Splorin' Wolfies - we were thinking of you!

Remember Jack, the adorable little puppy in training we met a few weeks ago at the Irish Guide Dogs Calendar launch - well, we met him again and couldn't believe how big he had grown in only three weeks!

We met a lovely greyhound from Kerry Greyhound Connection

and as we were walking past some stands when the not-so-little man got a bit distracted!!

Hens, no please - don't bring home some hens!

and then he found a parrot!

and he really loved this parrot - three guesses why??? Yes, his yellow chest!!

Luckily some Irish dancing was going on and we went over to see what was happening. Honey - we were thinking of you as we watched this lady and her dog do an Irish jig!

We met Bubba and Harley - two wonderful Harlequin Great Danes that work with Peata as Therapy Dogs. We had met Bubba last December as a fundraising service for Guide Dogs in Pepper Canister Church and it was lovely to see Bubba and her brother again. They are the most gentle dogs - it made us think of Mr Darcy's family - we hope they're doing okay.

Here's another dog in training from IGDB - nearly ready to go back down to the Training Centre in Cork - Murray's Mom can't remember his name (sorry!!) but we'll find it later this morning!
We also met this huge St Bernard - Monty who is the mascot for The Irish Blue Cross - the animal welfare charity. Monty was amazing - he weighs over 14 stone! He is a rescue dog and his owner said he was rescued from horrible circumstances but just look at him now!

We also enjoyed meeting Setanta - a Scottish Deerhound that works with Irish Therapy Dogs. One of the things that Setanta is involved in is helping children with autism in a special reading programme. He goes along to schools and sits among the children helping them to concentrate, stay on task and enjoy their storytime more.

We were delighted to meet up with Ooki - another Assistance Dog and a black goldendoodle with his young man Daniel and his sister Emily. Emily recently had her birthday and asked all her friends to donate to Irish Guide Dogs instead of giving her presents. She collected over €250 for Irish Guide Dogs. Well done, Emily!
Here's another friend we met - Joseph - holding up the Irish Guide Dogs calendar he had just bought!
and Joseph with his Mom Michelle. We know Michelle and Eleanor (Daniel's Mom) and Claire (AJ's Mom) through our Facebook page. It was really special to be able to meet up with some of the friends that we have made through the Irish Autism Action Facebook group.

Meeting AJ and his Mom, Claire.

We had a great time at Pet Expo 2009 - we chatted to lots of people and explained about the Assistance Dog Programme and what we do and how we do it!

Murray loved his afternoon - he likes to 'work' for Irish Guide Dogs and his sister enjoyed visiting the Expo with her two friends and their dog, Coco!

Coco and I get on really well with - I regard her as a little 'mini' version of me! Thanks again to everyone we met on Saturday who came along to support Irish Guide Dogs and the Assistance Dog Programme!

While we are saying 'thank you' a very special thank you to Fiona - our Goldendoodle friend in Utah who recently supported Irish Guide Dogs .....

We had posted a link about the launch of our Christmas cards and Calendars and Fiona's Mom went online and purchased a couple of baseball caps from the Irish Guide Dogs store. You look so cool Fiona and we really appreciate the support!

Okay, we better paw our way over to cookingathomewithclive and post a few photos of the Guinness ice-cream made yesterday (it was all eaten too quickly for photos last week) and we'll also put up the Strawberry Roulade and the Garlic Chicken recipes!

Enjoy your Monday, Clive


  1. What fun! Can there be anything better than spending a day surrounded by friends? We wish we could have seen the lady and her dog dancing a jig together!

    Your Friends,
    Tommy, Tama-Chan, Sei-han and Yuu-Chan

  2. All those hard working doggies! I bet you were exchanging tips on how to best take care of your charges. Sort of like a convention, huh?


  3. What a wonderful day you had - so many smiles.

    Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  4. Clive, you are going to have to start carrying a stack of 8 x 10's to sign and hand out to your fans. So delighted to see our Facebook family and their kids wearing such big smiles in your snaps.

    Kind of wondering now if we should have braved the crowds with Boo. He is a great chicken fancier and tries to borrow my hairbrush to "comb the crest".


  5. What a fun sounding event getting to meet so many friends and animal buddies.

  6. it was fantastic to meet you again clive,
    so glad we went now, cant wait for the next one

    Claire and AJ

  7. Thanks for sharing all that info and lovely photos with us Clive! I especially enjoyed seeing our facebook friends. Michelle.... your Joseph is gorgeous!! xx Jazzy

  8. What a great event Clive! All you Irish dogs are doing such good work. And of course it is always fun to hang out with friends.

    Your friend,

  9. Hi Clive, you guys have the most fun! We loved seeing all those pics of that fab event.
    Nano was cool - he reminded us of the splorin wolfies too!
    We loved the parrot too. Great colours.
    Glad you had a good day sharing with all those other animals who are doing great work too.
    We keep meaning to ask Clive - do you get wages?
    Well what with you being a working dog it seems only right!
    love and kisses
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  10. Loved the pictures of the beautiful animals and happy smiles.

  11. What a really great time! Wish these experiences happened every weekend. Love you guys!!!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  12. Woo made my mom smile!

    Tank woo fur sharing your great day!

    It so looks like T-N-S-L-M had lots of fun!


  13. That looks like a lot of fun for people and puppers...oh and you totally need a hat!!

  14. How fun for all of you - that Irish jig must have been great to see. So is the not so little man going to get a parrot soon?

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  15. What fun pictures from the pet expo. We are not allowed at our expo, only humans! Isn't that crazy
    Benny & Lily

  16. That was really sweet of Emily to have her friends donate to a good cause rather than give her pressies!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  17. Hi, Clive!
    Glad you all had a pawesome day!
    Sure it was great to see the lady and the doggie dancers!
    Kisses and hugs

  18. Hi Clive,
    what a great day you and your family had meeting many wonderful beings!
    Our Little Man has been doing well. He was very heartbroken about Mr Darcy but insisted on going to say the last goodbye, and afterward wrote a note about our Mr D. Thanks for thinking of us :-)
    Darcy's mumma

  19. What delightful dogs - and they all brighten up the world of so many others.

  20. we are wondering if you can guess which dog we liked best??? hehehehe! thanks for thinking of us!

  21. Hi there, Clive and the not-so-little-man-anymore!
    Wow, it must have been exciting being amongst all those pets and what fun to meet so many interesting and new faces.
    We love that parrot too!
    And, we love your golden-puppy-toy too!
    Lots of licks

  22. Hi Clive - we've missed you! Hey, that pet Expo looked amazing. We really are in awe of all you service dogs and wow, there were loads of them there, all so many different breeds, how wonderful. Us dogs really can be quite spectacular can't we, he he he! And the hens and the parrots - oooh, wonderful! We've heard of a doggie exhibition local to us that will be happening next March - after seeing your wonderful photos we can't wait to go!! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

  23. Oooh, what a great outing, Clive!! SO many doggie friends to meet - and all doing such wonderful jobs!

    Your NSLM is lucky that he didn't get bitten by that parrot - my human, Paul, met one exactly like that at a Pet Expo when they were still living in the UK and it jumped onto his shoulder and then big his earlobe!! :-)

    Honey the Great Dane
    ps. we're being naughty coz my human isn't really supposed to be typing much yet but we just can't resist commenting on our favourite blogs! :-)

  24. Fun fun fun! And Guinness Ice Cream?!! Whoa, wait till I tell Mr. Leash that such a thing exists...I believe this may very well be his dessert holy grail...

  25. Hey Clive,
    We're sorry we missed this post last week. The pet expo sure looks like it was a lot of fun. Sure bwere a lot of peeps and pups, and other animals, there. Murray really seems to have enjoyed it there. That Monty is a big handsosme guy; he'd be a GReat date for Shiloh; she's a big girl. Surprising to see how big you are. Coco really does look like you stepped into a shrinking machine. We were smiling reading all about the Pet Expo. Thnak you for sharing.
    - TBH&K