This family have kept large and giant breed dogs for many years, including a Rough Collie and Bernese Mountain Dogs. They enjoy the larger-than-life personality that these breeds often seem to have.
Pepsi started to itch last week. He was using his hind leg to scratch the back of his neck, and he nibbled at his lower back with his teeth.
Pumpkin came into in Ciaran's life as a kitten two years ago: it was the day before Halloween, which explains her seasonal name.
Gertie took on Holly as a rescue dog, eight years ago, from the Wicklow SPCA animal sanctuary. She had been found wandering in the Kilmacurragh estate, not far from the sanctuary.
Kyra chose Monty as her new family dog carefully: she wanted a cross-bred animal to avoid the common illnesses and genetic issues that are seen in some pedigree dogs.
A couple of months ago, Lilly started limping on her right fore leg.
Aisling lives with her family and a menagerie of animals on a smallholding: she keeps dogs, horses, cockatoos, owls, hens and a couple of goats.
Kerri was just three years old when Molly arrived in her life as a puppy.
Holidays can be an expensive luxury: as well as the cost of air flights to reach your destination, you need to pay for accommodation and often a rental car to get around.
Maya rushes everywhere, as if she is eager to experience as much of life as possible.
The Pug is a popular breed in Ireland: their small, big-eyed, snub-nosed, round-faced appearance ranks them high in the cuteness stakes.
Paddy was given an instant "family" of pets by a classmate at school who was returning to Canada and could not take his animals with him.
As an older cat, Bluebell lives a calm, quiet life. She spends her day snoozing in the sunshine or strolling around the garden, never venturing far from the house.
Siberian Huskies have become popular dogs in Ireland in recent years: there's something about their wolf-like appearance that appeals to people.
The signs of Tora's deafness developed suddenly. One day in June, she stopped responding when Suzanne went out into the back garden to bring her inside. Tora had always been a very responsive dog.
Beagles are a popular breed, but many people don't realise that as well as having charming personalities, they also tend to have some challenging behaviours.
The summer is the perfect time to get a new pet: children are off school so they can spend time with the new arrival and the weather is good, so they can all spend more time outdoors, learning to be h ..
Florence originally took in Sweep from the DSPCA as a rescue puppy back in June 2002.