When Bruce started itching at the back of his neck, Martina first thought that he had been bitten by another dog.
Sally adopted Pippa from Sharpes Hill Animal Sanctuary in County Wicklow.
Claudette used to live in London with three cats. When she came across to Ireland, she was initially only planning a short stay, so she left her cats with her mother.
Patrick is an enthusiastic keeper of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or "Staffies" as they're commonly known. His first was a gentle female dog called Vixen: he bought her from a breeder back in 1987.
When Dr Eva Orsmond came to see me with Lincoln, she explained how she is watching his waistline. "I was away, and my pet minder likes to spoil him with a few treats so he put a few pounds on.
West Highland White Terriers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs. They are bright, active, energetic creatures, oozing with personality.
When Wellington arrived in Hilary's house, he had not yet been named: Hilary wanted to wait, and to choose a name that suited his personality. She didn't have to wait long.
Andrew has six backyard hens: they're shut up in a henhouse at night-time, to protect them from the local fox. When he opens the door in the morning, the hens are always eager to get out and about.
Janna bought Lola in early December one year, when she was just seven weeks old. She chose her from a litter of seven French Bulldogs: she loved the brindle colour of her coat, and her large soulful eyes.
When Carol decided she was ready to get a family dog, she did some research to find which type would suit her best.
Kaiser the American Bulldog, Tia the Pomeranian and Dante the West Highland White Terrier share the same home, playing with one another, sharing toys, and sometimes even sharing food bowls.
One Friday afternoon recently, the family were in the back garden, enjoying the sunshine.
Sonya knew that there was something amiss with Tycho. First, he was squinting with his left eye, as if in pain, and second, he refused to eat his breakfast. She brought him in to see me.
Teo is an active, life-loving dog, spending time in Sonia's back garden and enjoying regular walks through the Wicklow countryside.
Obi loves her twice-daily walks through the countryside in County Wicklow.
Eimear has had a lifelong connection with poodles. As a child, one of her aunts owned them, and when Eimear was a young adult, her mother began to keep them.
Ireland is a relatively pest-free country. There are no poisonous snakes, venomous spiders or other nasties like scorpions or toxic jelly fish.