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I met my first Red Setter through Phil my partner. His parents had taken Rufus as they felt he needed more company than Phil could give him. I didn't know about Rufus for 3 months while we were dating. Then when we moved in together, Rufus came to stay. He was 12 and only had months to live. He was used to having his own bedroom and I grew up on a farm, which meant that dogs were outside. I brought him a kennel, shared the garden and slowly got trained as a Irish boys lacky. He took on the role of being a best mate and protector of my daughter. He was a big red with a glorious coat and nature. He lived until he was 15 and half. I wish I knew what I know now then. Our boys are wonderful but I think Rufus was something special. A true red gentleman who made our new family complete. It was many years before Phil could open his mind and heart to a new Irish. He often comments how the farm girl now has 2 Irish sleeping on the bed.
Probably The first dog I ever saw was an Irish, as My Father had always had Irish ,
so I grew up with them,learned to walk hanging on to one and learned *my doggy manners * with this wonderful Red Playmate,,,,,,,,,,,,
,as in time did my 2 girls and my 4 grand children with a long succesion of these heart stealers, along the way I ve had an English Setter and a beagle.............But the I.S. is my first love and my soulmate
I was brought up with dogs always at least two at a time, my husband never had a dog and said he didnt like them. After 34 years of marriage, two children now grown up and married, I decided it was time for me to have a dog there was only one dog I had always wanted, but my father would not have one YES thats right the beautiful Irish.
I told my husband I was going to get one, he said NO but I decided that I had lived life his way for 34 years. I had always given in to him, so he thought this would be the same so went along with it for a while. It was a year before I found a litter with pups still available so we went to see them on a wet evening in March 2004.
We arrived at the time arranged and someone shouted through the door go round the back, so we did there was a dog barking in the house.We were met in the back by a lady who opened the door of what looked like a coal shed which had a small area fenced of in front and out came these beautiful 6 week old pups, they took no notice of us, and we could not get close to touch or fuss them I had no feeling for these pups, the lady let the mum out from the house, she took no notice of these pups at all,when I fussed her my coat was covered in fur. I had read lots of books to prepare myself in the previous year and this didnt seam right at all.I could not believe that I said " I had another litter to see before I decided and we left." Now my husband was sure he had won.
Three months later I went to see a litter of 5 weeks old irish, this time I went with my daughter in law. We arrived just after feeding time, and in the garden sleeping of their meal were about 3 pups, in the kitchen was another 3 and laying across the door step was the most beautiful red girl.There was only one pup unsold I wished so much that this was the one and yes this was my lovely Abbie.I had to wait 3 long weeks before I could collect her. On that wonderful day it was like giving birth to my first child, I loved this girl from the first second I saw her and I always will.Oh! my husband well he took over after about a month I couldnt hold the lead when we went out, and that is when he didnt just take her out on his own, it was his lap she sat on watching tv, his feet she lay on,my side of the bed she slept on facing him, it was him who asked me one day when we were out walking what I was going to call my next dog!!!!!!!!!!!!