Living in Switzerland since 1968. Born 1938 and grew up in England. My wife (died 2005) started me with Setters, as she and her sister had English Setters when I met her in the 1950s. After settling in Switzerland, we always had Irish Setters, and this is the family tradition that my daughter Susan Stone keeps up and has extended. Our last Setter died on Jan 8 2008 aged 11 1/2, so it's very lonely here now, but Susan and I will do something about that.
Thank you for posting the tribute to Boatswain. I enjoyed reading it and plan to print it out.
My friend, Ginger Kinney, said life is too short to be without a setter! I told her I had to wait for a puppy and she said, all Irish are puppies for the rest of their lives! They are fun loving and best friends for sure!