Poorly Pupper Part 2

We spent the next days observing her relax, sleep, and move as if she were a new-born child. Our minds too were racing with permutations about possible conditions as we waited for the blood test analysis. Worries ranged from epilepsy (quite common in dogs, particularly those of collie breed – which she shares some lineage),…

Poorly Pupper Part 1

We were now approaching two years with our beloved little oddball, and barring the odd vomiting of an ingested sock, or the poor reaction to a jab, she hadn’t until then given us any major moments of panic. Imagine said panic when one day completely out of the blue, she fell off where she had…

Rafaella

There are many things to consider when thinking about adding a dog to your lives. Do you have enough of a work-life balance? Are you prepared to curb late nights out with the gang (trust me, I have gone home early many times in the last two years out of guilt knowing your dog is…

Little Madam

Aneira’s third spring in her new home crept up as quick as a walk on a rainy day. Staring at her nap one day, feet tucked up to her neck almost as if she was hugging them, neither of us could quite comprehend how quickly our time with her was passing. Two years of walkies,…

Margaret Hynes: Centenarian

The League of Nations brought the world hope the year you were born. Versailles formally ended the bloodshed. Back home, the Clonbanin Ambush pitted brother Vs brother. A Treaty and partition soon followed, and the Civil war ended a year later, not long before the Soviet Union became recognised – and by then you were…

Home For Christmas 2018

The stars aligned in 2018. Finishing work on Thursday, I hopped on a direct flight to Dublin the very next day. After years of early morning trains to Málaga, I didn’t think twice at stumping up the slightly inflated fee the Dublin-Seville flight now commands at peak travel time (thanks Game of Thrones and Lonely…

Home Away From Home – Seville in Four Questions

September marked four years since moving to Seville. As I look back over those years, I wonder about the next four. Will they be just as positive? Will I still be just as content? Rain teems down outside. It always chucks it down when it rains here. Aneira tries to stay warm by curling up…

Aunty Em: Part 2

By now Aneira had become used to visitors, preferring those who stayed as opposed to temporary, such as Diego the electrician who came one afternoon to fix a faulty switch. In her world though, everything from the couch to the street door was hers, and any one new would be met with uncertainty at first….

Aunty Em: Part One

Oh you have a dog? That must make travelling and holidays difficult… I would agree with the above to a point. While holidays with or without your pet require more planning and perhaps shelling out more money on things like pet sitters or special accommodation, it is by no means difficult to organise. We initially…

Vom

We all go through stages of dietary changes in our lives. As pet owners, we rarely stop to think about what they truly want or need. Usually it boils down to what ties in with the monthly budget. Aneira is lucky in the sense we go her before thinking of children. In many ways, she…

Coming Out of Her Shell

Springtime often brings out the best in us. Casting off the cold and dread of winter, New Year and Christmas bills, the slight change in temperature changes everyone’s behaviour. I noticed it at work and with my friends. I also noticed it in Aneira. Up until now, we had only really known a dog who…

Bang

‘What about Christmas?’ was what my mother asked not long after returning from my summer stint in Ireland. Christmas holidays always present me with two conundrums; how long do I stay, and do I stay for my birthday in January? We had uneasiness in asking friends to mind Aneira over a holiday period to allow…