Ilona was impressed by a demonstration of working sheepdogs on a farm in County Kerry while on holiday. She wanted an energetic, active dog, and a working collie seemed to be the answer.
Kirby's problem started two months ago. He's normally an active, playful guinea pig; when he became dull and quiet, Jay knew that there must be something wrong.
One Saturday morning, Boots started to behave strangely. She had difficulty walking properly on her back legs, and when Maria went up to her, she rolled on her back in a peculiar way.
At thirteen years of age, Sonny lives the quiet life of an older dog.
Lily is a free-range rabbit: she is allowed to run around the family's walled-in back garden.
Marie first mentioned Archie's eye problem when she brought him in for his annual health check in September.
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.