Sniffer dogs have been used by the Irish Customs service since 1984. There are now about twenty dogs around the country, at ports and other centres.
Maisie is the latest addition to the household, and she's become an enthusiastic playmate of Ted, the two year old Corgi.
Orla was just six years old when Trixie arrived into the family household: she can barely remember life before Trixie.
Squirt featured on the Nine O'Clock News when he was just a kitten after he had been saved from drowning. A man had fished out a bag containing three kittens from the Dodder Canal.
Many people might not notice if their pet's breath gets a bit stinky, but Penny has a particular behaviour that meant that Marie couldn't avoid noticing when Penny developed halitosis.
Theo belonged to one of Cat's friends who emigrated to Australia three months ago: it was impossible to take the little hamster with her, so he had to be rehomed.
Aoife has never known life without Chip. Six years before she was born, her parents adopted the young adult cat from the DSPCA.
When Lisa comes home in the evening, Boomer always rushes to greet her, purring.
Anne-Marie's one-year-old cats were in perfect health when she left for work last Monday morning. They had enjoyed breakfast, and she expected that they would have a typically easy "cat" day.
Fire safety is not a subject that naturally grabs the attention of children, yet house fires are common, and it's often children who are victims.
Mark took on his two Husky-type dogs from the DSPCA last summer: they had been abandoned by their previous owners, a common problem for these large, energetic breeds.
Jessie is an 11 year old Labrador who suffers from one of the most common health issues to afflict dogs in Ireland today: itchy skin.
Alfie was found one morning, as an adult cat, by Catriona's daughter, Holly.
A few weeks ago, Joyce noticed that Holly had a blemish on her face. A small dome-like swelling, the size of a small grape, appeared on her right cheek.
Julie has always liked pet rats, but after she had three female rats that died at a young age from cancer, she decided not to get any more.
Kevin and his family had been visiting relatives in Ireland over the Easter break. Back home in Scotland, Molly is the only animal in the house, and she spends much of her time in the back garden.
Helene owns three dogs, so she's familiar with the minor ailments that are common in the canine world.
As one of Ireland's most enthusiastic bird watchers, it may seem strange that Eric Dempsey is a cat lover.