| Picture by Michael Lymes
| From April 6th 2016 all dogs must be microchipped, according to
U.K. Law. For full details on this procedure and information on why it is
considered necessary, see this vetsure.com article -
For any signs in your dog that may indicate Alabama Rot (otherwise known as
CRGV or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy). The initial symptoms are
skin lesions on the feet, legs, chest and abdomen (and sometimes on the
muzzle), which appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or open and
ulcer-like. This can rapidly lead to kidney failure. When it first occurred in
Alabama it was in Greyhounds but it now seems that breed, age, size, etc. do
not count, as it can occur in any dog, and many dogs have died from it. Quite a
number of cases have now occurred in the U.K.
For more details see
Xylitol is being used as a sweetener in so many products
nowadays and it has been found to have lots of health benefits for humans.
However, it is extremely dangerous for dogs, so do make sure that your dog/s
cannot get hold of [and are never given] any product containing Xylitol. Even
just a tiny amount of something like chewing gum containing it can cause
problems. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy,
loss of coordination, collapse, and seizures. Larger amounts can lead to liver
failure and failure of other organs, and
I am in the process of making this site as comprehensive as possible; covering
the attributes and characteristics of the Irish wolfhound; its care, including
nutrition, exercise, and training; its health and the major disorders to be
found in the breed, and how best to deal with them particularly with regard to
alternative therapies, which are my special interest.
If you want to search the site for something specific, this can be done through
Google. Go to www.google.com and
click on Advanced Search, then enter your search criteria in the
relevant boxes and put irishwolfhounds.org in the Domain box,
then click Google Search.
The most recent additon to the site is on the
Sanctuary Kennels of Margaret Harrison and May Atfield, with a somewhat
earlier one on the Ballykelly Kennels of
Sheelagh Seale, and a page on Early
Registrations made with the English Kennel Club from 1880 to 1900, and
one on the Coolafin kennels plus an article
by Phyllis Gardner entitled The True
Successor. An earlier update was made to the page on the
London Irish Rifles, plus a page on the
Coval Kennels of the Strohmenger family.
At present I am working on the history of the breed in as much detail as
possible, covering the legends and myths of the far distant past but paying
much more attention to the more recent past, from the time of Captain Graham
and the resuscitation of the breed to the late 1970s, and including some
details of the care, kennelling, and feeding of those early hounds, and how the
Irish wolfhound was described in early publications, including books and
periodicals from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. There is a long list of
publications included in this section, beginning with one from 1811, and some
of which are extremely rare.
There is a detailed index of what is available in this area on the history
page, and also on the Site Guide, both of which can be located from the column
to the left.
For quite a few years we had rescue hounds, but at present I do not have an
Irish wolfhound. My companion now is a rescued German Shepherd, Sheba.
|There are links to many sites of interest
given on each page and, in some cases, under each subject. There is also a page
of links to other Irish wolfhound and Sighthound sites.
A full list of the subjects contained on this site can be found on the