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How many Irish Setters do you have?
none now
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
We had Conaign for almost 10 years
About Me:
I live in Hobart Tasmania. I am a widow with three adult children and a nine month old grandson who all live with me. I have a very old labrador named Tara, a cat of many names but she answers to Puss and a budgie called Meeko.
We lost our beautiful boy Conaign to spontaneous pneumo thorax in February this year.

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The Black irish Setter

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 12:14am 1 Comment

A very good friend has been taking my little Labrador Tara to the beach recently. We did think it was time for her to go, but the beach trips have helped her arthritis and also her ear cancer, so she has been enjoying life again.

Any way on this last beach trip Tara, who has trouble walking most days, took off like a bat out of hell. When I caught up with her, she was sitting down looking very disgruntled. Running along the beach with all the joy of living that is such a characteristic of… Continue

The Life and Times of Conaign

Posted on September 3, 2007 at 8:39pm 3 Comments

The Beach

About twenty minutes drive south of Hobart there is a beach which is known as the Dog Beach. There are other beaches where dogs are allowed at restricted times but the Dogbeach is open at all times and at all seasons for off lead dog exercising. It does change size as the River flows into the sea between the dog beach and the people beach and it moves with the tide, becomes deeper or shallower, fast flowing or sluggish. The river is the boundary…


TheLife and Times of Conaign

Posted on August 20, 2007 at 9:25pm 1 Comment

Coming Home

For Conaign to come from Canberra to Hobart was an enormous undertaking, but a friend of his breeder's was coming to Tassie on business and agreed to escort him. This way the dog travels for free.

The younger three foster children were away on holiday, so only the older ones came to the airport to meet the new addition. None of us had ever seen an Irish setter puppy, only the adults and I think we all expected a…


The life and times of Conaign

Posted on August 12, 2007 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

Why we got an irish setter.

We had a labrador named Tara and we lived in a street with several dogs. They were all friends and played with each other and ran around together and also with assorted children. For visitors it was often difficult to know which dog belonged to which family.

Then we moved house as we acquired more children. It was a beautiful big house wioth four acres of garden, all fenced and lotrs of freedom for our lovely Tara. But she only got to meet other dogs for… Continue

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At 5:14am on July 25, 2007, Susan Stone said…
Hi Vera,

Sorry you have lost your boy Conaign - hopefully you will have a new squirrel-sqardon-leader again soon!

This site is great, uniting people from countries so far apart as Lapland and Tasmania. Pleased to meet you here!
At 4:35pm on August 13, 2007, Carmel Stringfellow said…
Hi Vera,
we also had labradors before the Irish and still have both. I have a litter of labs at the moment which my Irish dog is fascinated by. I know a few people that have labs and irish, they seem to make a good mix.
Looking forward to the next part of the story.
Carmel Stringfellow
At 1:56am on August 21, 2007, Alyson Baker said…
Thank you Vera. I'm very sorry to hear about your boy.
At 8:08pm on August 21, 2007, Finding_Beau said…
Hi Vera
I'm sorry you lost your Conaign. I still cry, and will always cry for my English Setters, Bandit and Jessie, in Heaven. I have a soft spot for Irish too. There is a lovely Irish Setter whose name is Diaz. The first time I saw him at the dog park, he looked across at me and he just 'knew'. Within an instant, he raced over to me, planted his muddy paws on my shoulders, knocked me to the ground, and stood over me licking my face constantly. I laughed with delight. Diaz really made my day, but this is what Setters do.
At 7:57am on September 2, 2007, Joan Clancy said…
Hi Vera,
I remember you (and Conaign) from another list, several years ago. I'm so sorry to hear about his loss. My old guy, JohnJoe is also gone now. It is certainly the worst part of owning (and loving) these dogs...... they never live long enough.
At 9:05pm on September 7, 2007, Sharyn Latchford said…
Sorry to hear about your boy

At 4:23am on October 1, 2007, Michele Roche said…
Hi Vera,
Thanks for the welcome. Although long gone, I treasure that white face. Pics of my new girl coming as soon as I figure out how.
At 3:40am on March 20, 2008, Thomas said…
Many greats fromGermany send Martinridge the bighouse (Roger)Hope to see more Irish-Setter from Downunder here in Germany.
Best wishes for eastern

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