Thursday, 10 April 2014

A-Z Challenge - 'I'

I - Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter

Two of the smartest dogs I meet when out for a walk are Irish Terriers.

Irish Terriers - Beau and Dexter
Irish Terriers are very active dogs, considered one of the oldest terrier breeds they enjoy agility competitions.

Dexter however is due to be clipped so that he is as smart as Beau.

Beau and Dexter
One of the smartest (most intelligent) dogs I've ever known was Milly, an Irish Water Spaniel, who lived in a house close to the River Seven,

Irish Water Spaniels - Milly and Cara
They have featured on my blog before. You can read about them here. As you can tell from their name they were in their element in water and a quick dip in the Severn was seventh heaven for them. Milly was the best footballing dog I've met with a stronger tackle than the legendary Norman Hunter of Leeds United and England fame.

Two other dogs from the village where I live appeared in my North Yorkshire Village Dogs series here. However these two Irish Setters had Scottish names.

Irish Setters - Duncan and Cameron ready for a road trip
Not as famous perhaps as dogs owned by President Truman or Richard Nixon., but just as photogenic as Lord Reilly of Redwood.

Lord Reilly and Clark Gable
Whether they are at the seaside,

Come on in - the water's fine
or just resting at home.

Duncan and Cameron


Francene Stanley said...

Dogs are so wonderful. I love your pictures, especially that one with Clark Gable. I hadn't seen that before.

viridian said...

Wonderful pictures. the Irish setter I once knew loved the water too.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Gotta love 'em

Jo said...

Great pictures. What a lot of dogs you have in your village. Must be a heap of dog lovers.

By the way, I like the unclipped coat.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - I love all the dogs you are featuring ... and Ilove fluffy unclipped dogs - as Dexter is here ..

Re digitised - no idea .. that's what the site says .. I guess the island was large enough to warrant being recorded that way?!

Jo asked the same question .. so better get over and answer her by email .. and on the blog anon.

Cheers from a sunny warmish south coast .. Hilary

Marian Allen said...

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Bish Denham said...

I like the Irish terriers, they look like a lot of fun!

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, I love Dexter unclipped. But he will look sharp when he gets clipped too. But I love shaggy dogs. :)

I'd love to go for a walk in your village.

Ananya Tales said...

Aww.. cute pictures !

Laura Clipson said...

Aww, gorgeous pictures. Dogs are so cute!

Lisa said...

Oh the setters are so lovely and cute together! I swear your village must be dog heaven! What's amazing is how many different breeds can be found there in that one town!