Lucky you Kimberly, I've never had a setter as a puppy but own three.......hmmm or do they own me :)) I do adore them. I hope I'm still young enough to keep up with a puppy when the opportunity comes. Welcome to ES, I too admired all the lovely photos before joining. :)) Take care, Dianne, Ruby and Poppy.
Hi Kimberly, thank you for your friend invite. And thank you for the lovely coments on my Red Kids :)) I too fell in love with the Irish when I was younger...while ago now lol. How can one not love them. Our lovely garden needed to be re designed, sofas need replacing, antique quilts now lovely setter beds (not by choice).....would I do it again? Yes :)) I love how they love life, such a happy breed, who needs a gym membership when a setter owns you :))) Take care Dianne and Red Kids x
Hi Kimberly, thanks for the friends invite, you will so love having a setter as soon as you get that puppy you will be hooked and never want another breed, i now have Finlay he is my third red boy he will be 3yrs old soon, because he's been ill i'm going to make a big fuss of him on his birthday, but i do every day anyway (",)
Hi Kimberly . Thankyou so much for your very kind comments on my English puppy Grace. She is a sweetheart & we love her to bits. She has just turned one year & I'm happy to say that she is showing very tiny signs of growing up (lol). My Irish girl Tess will be 11 years on Monday. I have always loved both breeds & have always been torn between them so have had to have both. Having an English & an Irish together has always been a delight. They love each other & get along so well.
I wish you all the luck in the world with your new puppy when she/he arrives & plenty of photo's please.
Thanks Kimberly for your comments on Finlays photos, and good wishes for his health i keep my fingers crossed every day for that, this time last year the vet told me he would only have about 6weeks left but my sweetheart has proved them all wrong (",)
Hi Kim (that ok?) , thanks for the friend request. Pretty sure you left me a message on invisible fencing. And by the way, good luck in acquiring a red friend.
I've had the invisible fence for 1 1/2 yrs now and I don't know how I ever lived w/o it. Irish do everything at full speed ahead and adequate exercise is a must or they will drive you crazy. I installed it myself on approx. 3A and they use every inch of it. As a DIY project, I paid only a fraction of what it would have cost to have it installed. I did a load of internet research before I made my purchase and decided on the Sport Dog brand. It was the only one that claimed complete waterproofness although I've had minor problems w/ one of the collars but there is a pond within that 3A and an Irish will put any product through the wringer. The collar is on the bulky side but extremely well built and uses a 9V battery which is simple to replace. I was innovative in the installation and it basically took a w/e to do that amount of ground. I know some people might have issues w/ a shock collar but I live in an old farmhouse, very close to the road with sometime walkers, joggers and such and the peace of mind compared to a dead dog is worth it. I am still concerned about deer but so far so good. If you train them well to the wire, they will respect it absolutely. I've seen one of my guys get buzzed by mistake but he is always testing everything. I do not let them out to run free unless I am also outside and I still walk them on lead at night. One issue I came across with one of my guys is he did bolt the wire a couple of times initially and the problem is locked in-locked out. So, don't cut corners on training them to the flags. I left them up for a yr, once again, the road issue.
I had horses for over 20yrs with single strand electric and I had an Irish at the time who got zapped on the horse fence and the horses were gone for nearly 4 yrs before he would walk in that field.
Good luck and don't hesitate to shoot me any questions.
Rob,thanks for the reply, and yes call me Kim :) The "locked in/locked out " is my concern! I have a Yorkie that I always envisioned racing through the border and then being too frightened to "leap back in"! Haha Not Happening! So I was concerned about an IS doing the same thing, but I've heard tales of them leaping 6' tall fences also! I was hoping that with a puppy it could be easily conditioned with an invisible fence and not challenge it as he got older. I just want to be able to throw a ball or frisbee without the dog disappearing over the horizon! Lol
Sorry I'm a bit late in thanking you for your kind comments about my English Setters, Hammer, Misty and Hobson. I did not have a break over Christmas and had to work every day except for Sundays and the public holidays. I can't wait to see a photo of your Yorkie. I wouldn't allow him to come to bed with a dirty beard either. I wish you the very best with your new Irish Setter puppy. The Setters with spots have stolen my heart. I own horses too, a purebred Arabian named Hallmark and a miniature horse named Charlamayne. Wishing you the very best for 2013. Susan, Hobson and Misty
He's doing ok but we won't know for sure for at least 2wks till the next set of xrays.
The issue now is that he chewed through the bandage and into his leg so there is risk of infection. He destroyed his cone head so .... I've been taking him in every other day to redress and check the wound and the $ is adding up. He's feeling fine but mostly cooped up and his brother is paying the price too because of the isolation factor. No romping. Convince an Irish of that.
I'd rather have snow now and save the floods till Spring. When do you get your pup.
Hi Kim, Thank you for your comments on my photos. I haven't been able to access the internet for several days. Discovered the cause .. Misty chomped on the connection lead! Yes, I am ruled by the paw, hoof and the beak but I wouldn't have it any other way. I cannot wait to see photos of your new baby. Puppies are so precious. Best wishes xxxx