Shearing Olympics – Shaggy sheep needed!!

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This may sound like a joke but Ireland needs your shaggy sheep!chris the sheep

The Golden Shears World Championships have come around again and this year Ireland is the host.  6000 shaggy sheep are needed and at the moment, surprisingly the Irish are 1000 short. Yes, we hear you, we never thought Ireland would have a shortage on sheep either.

The event is only weeks away and has been dubbed the Olympics of sheep shearing, with 38 countries competing coming  from as far as China and Chile. The four day competition is to be held in Gorey Co. Wexford and organisers are in search of ewes aged between 12 and 14 months as all competitors must be supplied with similarly shaped sheep to make it a fair competition.

We feel a Father Ted moment coming on but check out http://goldenshearsireland.com to find out more information on this 4 day event.

 

 

 

 

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Irish Guide Dogs – Doggie Doodles on tour!

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The famous fundraising doodles Heidi and Hayden are soon to be setting off on an exciting tour around Ireland. The fun loving pair are promoting a new and exciting raffle to win a brand new Ford Focus with the proceeds of the raffle going to the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind. The tour will kick of on the 9th of April when they will visit the Wilton shopping centre in Cork but this tour will take them all over the country including Dublin, Cork, Westmeath and Sligo so they are bound to make anheidi and hayden
appearance near your home.

The two pampered pooches usually don’t get out of bed for modelling shoots less than €10,000 but they felt that this was a great cause and having inspected the Ford Focus themselves they happily agreed to go on this once in a lifetime tour to raise the much needed funds for the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind.

The hilarious duo will be keeping us updated via their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/heidiandhayden so like their page to see where they will be appearing next and get on down to buy some raffle tickets.

We can’t wait to see what mischief these two canine chums get up to on their travels.

Dogstar – Ray D’arcy’s new show on RTE

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Today FM DJ, and former ‘The Den’ presenter, Ray D’arcy is to make a long awaited return to the small screen with a new show called Dogstar. Although the concept is not completely known yet this new show will feature celebrities and their pampered pets competing against each other to raise money for charity.ray darcy 2

Ray, 49, an avid charity supporter has fronted many great charity campaigns such as Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign for the Irish Cancer Society with great outcomes.

Ray, father of two,  is obviously a fan of the animal kingdom having worked previously with many furry friends including, Dustin the Turkey, Socky the Sock Monster, Snotzer the Pig and Zig and Zag the Aliens so it comes as no surprise that he is to be involved in this new show.

So who can we expect to see competing for prizes? Rosanna Davidson? , Gordon Darcy? , Twink? Only time will tell as all have been snapped with their pampered pooches.

We will keep you updated on this new and original show from RTE and much loved presenter Ray D’arcy.

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DOGS TRUST TO OPEN CENTRE DEDICATED TO ABANDONED PUPPIES.

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Excellent news in the fight against the abandoned dog crisis in Ireland. In the last few years Ireland has become known as the ‘puppy farming capital of Europe’, not a title we want associated with us, but the reality today is that 90,000 puppies are bred in Ireland every year. Its centres like Dogs Trust and the WSPCA who are left to deal with the resulting abandoned dogs. Puppies are being bred to be sold online and unfortunately a lot of the time they don’t sell which is what has led to this crisis. dogs trust  woman

Today Dogs Trust happily announced that they are to open a centre dedicated to puppies in their flagship centre in Dublin. This has been made possible thanks to one very generous woman who left £7.5 million to the Dogs Trust UK. €1.5 million euro was gifted from the Dogs Trust UK to the Dogs Trust Ireland in order to build this state of the art centre which is greatly needed.

The centre is currently under construction and is set to open its doors in May or June. It will create 7 new jobs and they are hoping to start fundraising soon to keep this puppy centre open on a regular basis.

This state of the art centre will contain a maternity unit, a whelping unit for new mothers, nurses, veterinarians, an isolation unit, puppy carers and surrogate mothers for new born puppies. The puppy wing will house 6 mothers, their puppies and up to an extra 30 puppies at one time.

This is hugely positive news in the fight against the abandoned dog crisis.

Please donate what you can through www.dogstrust.ie and spread the word.

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