Our Irish Wolfhounds

 

In the beginning.

In our time with Irish Wolfhounds we have had  6 dogs, 2 males and 4 bitches.
It all started in the early 90's when my girlfriend, now my wife, came home from a stressful day in veterinary college. She told me about two young IW -Irish Wolfhound- puppies they've had in for examination, they were seriously ill, and despite that, they put up with being poked with needles all day by the students, taking bloodsamples and adminestring medication.
This made an lasting impression on me and when I somewhat later saw a tv program from Denmark about an IW bitch wich took care of two orphaned wolf cubbies I was sold. It had to be IW for me...
So, we just waited for the right opportunity...

Aragh.

I must start with Aragh (Baphomet av Gruagach), he was born in april of'96 and he was one of four siblings. From the start it was clear that he was an Alpha male and there was no qestion about it, he took what became him. When we saw him for the first time he was 4 weeks old and he looked like a pittbull terrier, at least, that's what I thought back then. He grew rapidly, and when it was time to get him home he was already over 8 kgs. This at 8 weeks of age. He grew rapidly and soon he was a very tall "teenager", this was when he got his first and only Cert. He continued to grow and he ended up an impressive 94cm, and 85 kgs. It was time for something new. (In addition to Aragh, of course.)

Aragh -Baphomet av Gruagach- 4 weeks of age.

Enter Niamh.

Niamh was born in July of '98. We went to get her home when she was 8 weeks old, and we took Aragh with us. In retrospect, maybe we should have left him at home... You see, when Niamh first saw him she literally pee'd herself... And from that day on they were inseperable, whereever he went, Niamh was on his heels. In time she grew to be a beautyful bitch of 86 cm, and apx. 65 kgs. So, she was quite large... At the age of 2,5 she took her first Cert, and she too two more in the two following events she attended. The last one, and the one that made her Champion she took on my own birthday, and boy was I proud!
Unfortunately we werw not ment to see Niamh grow old, after her first and only litter she suddenly died of splen torsion...
  Still today she is sorely missed...
Niamh- NUCH Celtic Gehenna av Gruagach. What a beauty!

Here comes Vega.

Vega (Dhu Fearn av Gruagach) was the half sister of Niamh, and a adoring little bitch. First time we saw her she was around 10 months old, and little did we know that she was to become ours. When Niamh died, our breeder felt so bad about it that he offered us to take over ownership of Vega, and that was how she ended up in our home. Vega was the a nice bitch at the age of 1 1/2 and after a few starting problems, nothing serious- just some peeing and pooping inndoors, she soon became a full member of the family. She turned out to be our most affectionate and loving hound and she adored as good as everyone. In her lifespan of almost 7 years I think I heard her bark 8 or 9 times... Amazing. 
Vega -Dhu Fearn av Gruagach- relaxing in the green.

Look at Winnie!

When Vega died in the midst o april '07 we had been on the lookout for a new dog for quite a while, a dog who could be the basis for our kennel.
It proved difficult to find a bitch who met our expectancions and we felt a little down when we heard of Kennel Kråksången and Gunila Kronquist. It turned out that she had two puppygirls and that she could not decide which to keep for herself.
This was promising news and we ended up with Winnie -Kråksångens Lavinia. We have'nt had apuppy in over 10 years and boy, was this new stuff! As the little rascal she was it was obvious that we were in for some work... Suddenly I remembered puppy teeth...
Today, jan 08, she is around 10months and she is beautyfu!, she's 83 cm. and 53kgs..

Springtime.

Now, when entering April month, Winnie is as teenager as ever, in opposition to all and especially to me, she do exactly opposite of every comand and she doesn't eat. But, she grows as she should and she loves the snow, just take a look at the picture here underneath. Have you ever seen such a Shire wannabe?    



Look at those white socks ...

May, at last

Now The month of May is finally coming, but it is as cold as ever, no springtime feeling yet...
Winnie is ready for her first dogshow and we are both exited. maybe for different reasons, who knows...

That was that... Her first dog show, come and gone. It did'nt go that well, first, she's to loose in the front and needs to stabilize her front legs, second, she's way too stressed out in the ring, everything is just a game and she's a big player...
Okay, that's the bad news, the good news is that she's a wery nice feminine type with long back, good angles, nice head and eyes and lips. Rough coat and a good trust in her movements, long paces and with that it's goodbye to dog shows for at least a year... We will be back with a vengeance.
 
What you see is more than you get...

Late summer:
Now when entering August, Winnie decided its time to grow up... So now, a couple of days ago she went into heat. At time, we say, we've been waiting for the past three months. She is no problem at all, she's keeping herself neat and clean and she's more cuddly than ever...
That said, I'm looking forward to let go of the leach and let her run free on Our nightly walks without fear of any  or this terrier or labrador, but it's been no problems so far...
We think she's reached her hight at 85 cm over the shoulders, but her mass leaves something to want, at 50 kgs, she's a little thin, but it'll come.
 
Look at those pearly whites...

A new winter is on the doorstep...

As we feared Winnie stopped eating a few weeks after her heat period was over. This seems to be common among wolfhounds as amonng many other breeds, but in the hound type it quicly becomes obvious because of their somewhat skinny build.

Well, whatever. she is eating good now and slowly she's gaining weight again, and that's a good thing because she'll need the insulation for the winter. Now, at an age of almost 20 months it seems she have reached her destined height, last measuring showed 85 cm. over the shoulders, and she's been stable on that height. That's fair and we are satisfied with that, with age and weight she's gonna be a big bitch. Her temper is just lovely, wild and cuddly  all in one. Beautyful Winnie..

Now, in late august 2010, Winnie is 3,5 years old and fully grown... Except in her head where she still is a big puppy of not more than 10 months of age.
I just cant stop loving the playful big thing
Now, jumping forward  one hole year, till September 2011, finally we have located a new puppy!  We are so fortunate as to get a dog puppy from Kennel O*Marksbay...
 

Winnie with her family trying to pose for christmas card photos.

Enter Finn.

Finn (Carpe Diem O*Marksbay) enter our home on Thursday, oct. 6 after a long trip all the way from Hønefoss, he's a little guy, only 7 1/2 weeks and 8.4 kgs. After a few days brake in he's now housewarm and a menace to Winnie who does'nt seem to like the little bugger at all... We'll just have to give her some time we reckon.
Finn slumbers under a chair. Still quite small...

Today.

Finn and Rena are the two dogs in our family today.