Aoife's a real people pleaser

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 21 May 2011 | 3 Comments


I thought I'd share with you an update on Aoife the Irish Wolfhound X (formerly known as Cinnamon) who we adopted back in December I think it was.

Aoife lounging around

She had come from the pound before being transferred to the refuge and I think she was only there for 3 weeks before we hurredly adopted her. When we got her she was literally so skinny we could see all her ribs. Now she's up to 36 kilos, only 4 shy of what the vet wants, and the happiest dog in the world. She is so spoilt my fiancé is crazy about her and comes back with new toys every week and gives her huge bones to chew on and freezes liver treats in chicken stock for a nice icey treat on a hot day.

Despite being estimated at 6 months of age when we got her, Aoife didn't seem to have learnt much basic training. After a while we realised that her many accidents were not due to lack of toilet training anymore but rather due to incontinence. Perhaps that's why the previous owner gave her up? We still have no idea why someone would give up such a great dog. Luckily we can afford the medicine ($75 a month aaaggh) and accept that damage to furniture and rugs was all part of the deal when we got a giant dog!


Aoife is a pleasure to have around and I haven't introduced her to anyone that doesn't absolutely love her and praise her for what an amazing temperament she has. She will take commands from children and somehow just knows to be more gentle around them. Despite her incredible strength (we've had tradies comment she's so muscular its intimidating) she is quite easy to handle, although a puppy so we still have some interesting moments when she's excitable! Still we're never short of volunteers to walk her or dog-sit her if the need arises. She's well known with the Ajilon touch rugby team who love taking her for a run.

We've found a few lost dogs in the neighborhood and Aoife loves it when we bring them to play with her in our garden until the ranger comes in the morning. My fiancé always intended to get two dogs and she loves having other dogs around. I saw from the newsletter that you have another Irish Wolfhound so I might take a look at him. But I've been warned before that full bred male wolfhounds are not a good idea with cats. Even training Aoife, who is a cross breed, not to eat our cat was a lot of effort so we'll have to see!

Kind regards, Siobhan and Byron



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  • Aoife is a gorgeous girl, she is so lucky to have been adopted into such a loving family.

    Posted by Justin, 09/06/2011 1:17pm (7 years ago)

  • Every picture tells a story, and the one of Aoife snuggled up to her mum, shows a very much loved and secure dog.
    Congratulations Aiofe.

    Posted by Jane, 08/06/2011 12:44pm (7 years ago)

  • Thank goodness for lovely people like you,with the patience, love and understanding to give this gorgeous girl another chance at life.
    Aoife is one of the luckiest dogs ever.

    Posted by Jackie, 07/06/2011 1:26pm (7 years ago)

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