Having lived in Ireland, I like to visit there as often as possible ... such a beautiful country with the most amazingly friendly people! I've also discovered that the Irish love their dogs .... and sometimes those dogs are allowed to be quite independent especially in rural areas.
Here are a few new pals I found along the byways on my last trip over to Ireland .... some are scruffy, some spoiled rotten, some are lonely, some have serious jobs, but all surely must be loved.
The two characters to the right are Rocky & Swanky -- they live on the County Kerry farm where my grandfather was born in 1886 (my ghostly reflection is in the cottage's window). As a border collie and a Jack Russell terrier, they represent two of the most popular breeds in Ireland. In the photo below, Swanky is obviously trying to win the "ugliest dog" contest -- even with his smile.
Just a bit further North we came across this cutie on Kells Beach -- he wanted us to play catch with a rock he found in the sand. I just love the look of this little guy!
In County Limerick we found more new pals, some who were waiting patiently for their masters ...
This fellow looked so lonely that we asked his master if we could take him for a walk down to the river ...
Now isn't he having much more fun?
And this lucky collie oversees magical Lough Gur in County Limerick, where I had a Bed & Breakfast business for 4 years ...
But my favorite Irish dog of all is my own Darby O'Gill (D.O.G.) who's a Border Jack (border collie-Jack Russell mix) and was born & raised in Lough Gur but emigrated to the U.S. (now 14 yrs young).
Have you come across cute dogs during your travels? If so, please share your photos in your comment!
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