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Idyllic Ireland

18 Jun

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How gorgeous is this photo I took when my friend Laura and I took Paddy for a walk at Glendalough on Saturday? The way the light comes through the trees looks a bit spooky and it reminds me of the forests in Twilight. If only Robert Pattinson had emerged from in between them!

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Love pugs, not drugs!

9 Oct

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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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