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After many years in the making, my dog site finally went live, last year. It started as a tribute to my own dogs, but then I slowly began to expand my idea to include other areas. I have a section for well known kennels, which only has one entry so far, but will grow.

I also have a section called Relatives. This began as a history of the ancestors behind my own boys, but then I began to think that I would like to use it as a means of creating an online record of as many Irish Setters as possible, world wide. I know that Lena has the Irish Setter Pedigree Collection, but I aim for this to be slightly different. My intention is to not only list the dog's details and pedigree, but also photos where possible and any anecdotes about that particular dog. They are not all show dogs either, some have been rescued. Eventually the names in the pedigrees will be linked so that you can trace the ancestors further back.

My ideas about how I wanted this site to be, changed, when after June Coates (Twoacres) died, her daughter very kindly gave me several hundred photos that had belonged to her. I was fascinated to see all the well known dogs and some not so well known, from way back when, that I had only heard about. Once I started looking at what I had, I was also astounded to discover just how much information and material I had collected over the years. I know that this will be a life times work, but I will enjoy doing it and I have already learnt so much.

If you would like to see some of the Golden Oldies, please visit my site at:
www.hooley-irish-setters.co.uk
If the dogs you are searching for are not there yet, keep checking back, as there are new dogs being added every day. Sorry, but no matter what I did the hyperlink just would not make this web site address live. You can cut and paste the address into your web browser instead, or click on the link in my profile.

Hope you enjoy your visit.
Michelle

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Comment by Carmel Murphy on April 19, 2009 at 5:14pm
Sounds like a great labour of love! And I like the idea of photos of the dogs!! Will have a look;o)
Comment by Michelle Webster on April 19, 2009 at 5:18pm
It really is, but is something that I have wanted to do since I started in Irish, it's just taken me a long time to get there, so you see from that I don't give up!!!! I have loads more photos ready to put on there and hundreds more to scan in as well. Hope I live to be 150......I'll need to!!!
Comment by Dee Rance on April 20, 2009 at 3:59am
Will definitely be taking a look sounds a great idea and you will still be going after 150 you will need to...Thanks for the input we all need to look at it..
Comment by Michelle Webster on April 20, 2009 at 4:11am
Thanks Dee.
Comment by Myra Thomas-Rhodes on April 21, 2009 at 6:48am
Good work, Michelle. Will go have a look right now!
Comment by Michelle Webster on April 21, 2009 at 8:10am
Thanks Myra,

Any Irish past or present will be gladly added, all you need to do is send me the details.
Comment by Laura Kolbach on April 21, 2009 at 9:00am
i've been looking for a photo of Wendower Cassidy for a long time now, would need it for the pedigree of one of my girls on my homepage. maybe you can help me, Michelle?
Comment by Michelle Webster on April 21, 2009 at 11:30am
I certainly will Laura, as soon as I come across one. I have so much that until I sort through it I don't know what is missing! If you can let me have your e-mail address I will send it there. Would also be delighted to add any of your dogs to my site.
Comment by Gail Cleland on May 1, 2009 at 5:48pm
Michelle, this is exactly the same way my website started.... and now I am also able to find people who are happy to provide photos of ancestors.
Comment by Michelle Webster on May 1, 2009 at 6:05pm
How wonderful. I am so pleased I found you on here. We must exchange info. Take a look at my site and if there is anything you would like, just ask.

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