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Poster to promote Irish Setters at local show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anna Kazimierowicz Oct 8, 2013. 14 Replies

I'm entering Merlin in Western Australia's biggest agricultural show (like a state fair) at the start of October and want to display some information about the breed. I believe we are the only Irish…Continue

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How many Irish Setters do you have?
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
5 years
About Me:
I had an amazing Belgian Shepherd for many years and now have my first Irish Setter. He's a real character, and a delight (most of the time!).
Why are you applying for membership?
A. I am a human wanting to contribute to the community

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At 8:44pm on September 21, 2011, Lynne Van Luven said…

Hi Helen,

Welcome to the club.  I have had Irish Setters for 29 years - they are full of life

for the first 2 -3 years and then they will settle - they are the sweetest dogs I

have ever owned and they are very intelligent if you work with them.  Would

love to see a picture of your baby.   I am getting another Setter in early

November - a brand new baby - can hardly wait - take lots of pictures

because they grow quickly.

At 2:46am on September 22, 2011, Carmel Murphy said…
Hi Helen! Welcome and enjoy this lovely site;o)) Look forward to photos of your red baby;o)
At 3:07am on September 22, 2011, Cheryl Gorey said…
Welcome Helen, I was wondering how long it would take you to join in.  I look forward to seeing pics of Merlin.  I see a couple of Merlin's litter mates here too!  cheers, Cheryl
At 5:39am on September 22, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…
Welcome to ES Helen....  cannot wait to see images of the Irish puppy  :-)
At 3:46pm on September 22, 2011, emma bell said…
Hi Helen! Welcome to ES and what a gorgeous boy you have!
At 9:05pm on September 22, 2011, Melinda Auld said…
Hello!  I can't wait to meet little Merlin :)  So glad you finally got your Irish!
At 7:09am on October 7, 2011, Myra Thomas-Rhodes said…
Welcome Aboard, Helen - think we might be connected through young Merlin! 
At 5:01am on November 1, 2011, Melinda Auld said…

Hi Helen


Just had a look through your photos - Merlin is looking great!  How did your first show go? 



At 9:33pm on December 25, 2011, Stuart Halse said…

Hi Helen

Letting Merlin and JJ catch up would be great.  From the photos, they look very similar.




At 9:36pm on January 13, 2012, Cheryl Gorey said…

Hi Helen, how are you going these days!  Hope you and Merlin have had a great start to the year.  cheers

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Helen O'Keefe's Blog

A big move and a new adventure!

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:00pm 7 Comments

We have some big news. Merlin and I have moved. And not just down the road, or across the country. More like . . . across the world! We have moved from sunny Perth, Western Australia, to not-so-sunny Scotland. I'd love to say "to Perth, Scotland", but no, we are much further north, and west, than that. Actually, about as far north-west as you can get while still being on the mainland!…


An Obedience Title for my Irish!

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 12:19am 5 Comments

I am VERY proud to announce that Merlin has just achieved his novice obedience title ('CD', in Australia), with two 3rd places amongst his three passes.

It wasn't all smooth sailing - we failed quite a few trials (mainly due to lack of focus) before deciding to take a break, come up with some new training techniques and let him grow up a bit. I'm not sure which bit worked, but we started trialling again last month and passed three consecutive trials to get his…


Perth Royal Show 2014

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Another year, another Royal Show . . . and sadly another one with only one Irish entered. At least we were there to share this wonderful breed with the public.

After sleeping through most of last year's show and completely destroying the Irish reputation for being energetic and sociable, Merlin was much better this year. He spent most of the day getting pats from people of all ages and getting his photo taken. There was just one brief nap during mid afternoon, which everyone agreed…


Happy Birthday Solasdas kids!

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 1:00am 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to Merlin, Jay, Bess, Memphis, Maolisa and all their brothers and sisters. Hard to believe it's been 3 years since you came into our lives!

It's been a busy year for Merlin and I, with lots of fun and new friends, but also 3 titles achieved this year. He completed his Endurance Test last June, his Rally-O Novice title last month and his show Champion title yesterday. We're aiming for some obedience and agility/jumping titles for next year! Would love to get some…




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