“ Animal Species: Dogs „
I have an Irish Wolfhound, Hattie who I adore. She is now nearly 10 years old, which is considered quite old for a large breed dog and has just got over pneumonia which scared us a lot, because she was really poorly. Irish Wolfhounds are a fantastic breed. They are gentle - known as The Gentle Giants - very very docile, and they are so good looking (in a doggy way of course. I don't mean they have long blonde hair and the figure of Pamela Anderson!) As I go about my daily tasks, I look down at Hattie and her big brown eyes are following me as I walk around. I really can't praise this breed enough for a family dog, but of course you need the space for them - they can turn around and knock things flying with their tails! They need a fair amount of exercise too but not an excessive amount. Irish Wolfhounds are the best!!
My dog Smokey is a Lurcher - half Irish Wolfhound and half something else! I visited the local RSPCA rescue centre last year and Smokey was just begging to be loved :( This particular breed (or is that crossbreed ?) is so well natured! Being giants of dogs, they have quite a bit of power at their disposal. Smokey needs at least two walks a day, but surprisingly does not tend to eat a great deal. I think he`s a little daft - either that or he`s a "deep thinker". His day is mostly spent snoozing somewhere the kids can`t find him. Daft or not - I love him.