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.
Skye first developed itchy skin on the underside of her neck when she was just six months old.
The topic of legislation on muzzling dogs of "restricted breeds" was mentioned in an article in the Irish Times on Monday.
A recent scientific paper, published last week, showed that the incidence of dog bites requiring hospitalisation in Ireland over. has increased from 4. 65 to 5.