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Free micro-chipping with the DSPCA

10 May


The DSPCA is launching an initiative called Microchip 2016 whereby they are offering to microchip 2,016 dogs for free in the next few weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity as it can cost around 40 euros to get your dog microchipped, and soon it will be mandatory for all dogs to have a chip. I’ve booked Paddy in for next Saturday – I doubt he’ll look as happy as he does in this photo afterwards but at least I’ll have peace of mind! 🙂

For more info check out the DSPCA webpage.

The Dublin Pug Club

31 Oct


Paddy enjoying the autumn leaves!

Paddy had a very eventful Saturday this week. First of all, he had an appointment at the vet during which he made friends (yayyy!!) with a Siberian husky who was literally more than 10 times his size, and then got a vaccination (boo!). On our way out of the vets, a lady stopped us to have a cuddle with him and told us that she too has a black pug whose name is (you guessed it!) Paddy. She invited us to the next meeting of The Dublin Pug Club, who meet every 3rd Sunday of the month at Herbert Park in Ballsbridge. She was so friendly and excited about it that I instantly decided that it would be a great way for both Paddy and I to make new friends.

After a long walk home from the vet, we decided to stop at Il Valentino (the best bakery in Dublin, in my humble opinion) to get an afternoon treat when we were again approached by two ladies who were out walking their pugs. They also wanted to cuddle and coo over Paddy, and they too invited us to the next Dublin Pug Club meeting. If I had realised owning a pug was such a conversation-starter, I would have got one when I first moved to Ireland! We left feeling like we had joined a secret society, and with Paddy feeling like a mini-celebrity after so much attention.

We’re definitely looking forward to our first meeting (November 18th), and if anyone else fancies coming there is more information on The Dublin Pug Club Facebook page. I’ll be sure to post pictures of Paddy’s adventure on here!

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Love pugs, not drugs!

9 Oct


I’ve been offline for a couple of days because all my time has been taken up with a new arrival to my household – a gorgeous 2-month old “pugell” (pug crossed with a Jack Russell). I saw an advert for him on Done Deal, which seems to be Ireland’s answer to Gumtree, and after much pestering I finally managed to get the other half on board with the idea.

We got a Bus Éireann coach down to Cavan, which we presumed would be much quicker than it actually was. It was my first experience using that company, and I wouldn’t be keen to repeat it. The times advertised online bore no relation to what time we actually arrived at our destination! What should have taken 3 hours in total took over 5; we were not impressed! Although the journey made me feel travel-sick and exhausted, it did give us plenty of time to come up with a name for him. We decided on Paddy to reflect his Irish roots, and he seems to like it as he’s already responding when we call him!

Although we don’t have a garden, we do live next to the Grand Canal and several parks where he will be able to run his little legs off. When he’s a bit older, we plan on taking him to the beach near our apartment (close to the Aviva stadium) at weekends, as there always seems to be some kind of dog party going on so he will be able to make some friends.

I am definitely going to be one of those people who talks about and posts pictures of their dogs all the time and expects everyone to be interested, so apologies in advance!

If anyone knows of any nice walks in Dublin, or can recommend a good vet and dog training classes, please comment below.

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