When Mary saw the baby African Pygmy Hedgehogs in the pet shop in Dun Laoghaire, she knew that she wanted one. Hedgehogs have been domesticated for the past thirty years, and they are now bred in captivity.
People make difference choices when getting a new dog. Many people choose a cross bred dog from their local pound or rescue centre, and this has much to commend it.
Ginger, a 3 year old neutered male cat who was being bullied by a local cat coming in through his cat flap.
When Maoiliosa decided to get a cat, she wanted one that had already passed the kitten stage.
Ebi, a ten year old female Collie/Labrador cross who gave a remarkable demonstration of the ability of dogs to warn humans of danger.
Everyone remembers the “Lassie” movies, and the way that the dog barked to warn humans about something happening.
When I visited Steve recently during a trip to the UK, he had a few questions about his new livestock.
Many people are not aware of their animals’ social needs, and there are thousands of lonely pets across Ireland, living bored lives in isolation.
Alan is originally from the Philippines, but he’s lived in Ireland for the past seven years.
The Hanley family knew that there was something strange going on with Benji. For no particular reason, he had started rubbing his rear end along the ground.
Nubby, a seven month old male Guinea Pig who was neutered to stop the home from being over-populated with baby guinea pigs.
Sandra and her children are guinea pig enthusiasts. Earlier this year, the guinea pig matriarch of their household, Nutty, died at the impressive age of eight years.
When Katie-Jane brought Kayhla in to me for her vaccinations, the puppy had reddish-brown stains in the corner of each eye.
Claire sees some wild mammals, including rabbits, foxes badgers and even occasional deer where she lives.
Scout was seven years old when the cheeky rabbit arrived into his home.
Neo was Zoe’s first chinchilla – she bought him on his own. Neo settled in well to his new home, but he started to make strange calling noises – the type of sound that you might hear in the jungle.
Jessie is a typical puppy – full of energy and curiosity. She is at the stage of life where she is learning all the time, and recently, she had a lesson that she won’t forget for a long time.
Rabbits have featured in Lucy’s life for as long as she can remember.
Holly, a one year old female rabbit who had developed a swelling beneath her chin and she was behaving strangely.
Rabbits are increasingly popular pets in Ireland. They are intelligent, friendly characters that make a good alternative to a dog or cat as the main family pet.
Charley, a 3 year old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who needed emergency treatment after eating a whole box of chocolates
“Death by chocolate” may be a popular name for sumptuous desserts in restaurants, but to my knowledge, a human has never died after eating too much of the stuff.
Thula, a two year old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who dislocated her elbow during a game of football.
“Thula” means “stay quiet” in the Zulu language, a reminder of the Cahill’s time spent living in South Africa.