Sky is delighted to announce that she has just become a grandma!
Her clever daughter Clodagh has delivered a perfect and precious first litter in the wee small hours. We are beyond elated.
In order of arrival: one brindle girl, one brindle boy, one wheaten boy; and one blue boy. They grow bigger by the minute. I'm keeping them all!
Clodagh has been extraordinary. She is such a wonderful mum; so gentle and attentive. I am in awe. She looks beautiful too. Motherhood suits her.
5 June 2021 - Norfolk, UK
HERE COMES THE SUN!
If you are UK based and already on our Waiting List: You should have received an email. I may have committed a clerical error - not for the first time - so if one hasn't found its way to your Inbox yet, please email to let me know if you are still interested in a puppy.
If you are not UK based and already on our Waiting List: I am about to email you. I'm sorry we are only able to accommodate UK-mainland based interest for now.
We are reasonably confident that our beautiful and brilliant homegrown Clodagh is expecting her first litter. Due in about one week's time. All being well. She really does look blooming marvellous!
Of course, Mother Nature is in the driving seat. As previously stated, there are no guarantees as to litter size, colour or gender. We are both cautiously upbeat.
I have just about managed to contain my own excitement and am busy nesting on Clodagh's behalf. The Puppy Pen has been reinstalled, along with an homage to the leaning tower of Pisa, constructed entirely from freshly laundered towels. A supersoft puppy blanket and some teething toys have also been optimistically acquired.
1 June 2021 - Norfolk, UK
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And the birds are singing!
Hello lovely people and WELCOME new Waiting List dwellers!
Sky and Clodagh continue to win hearts and minds on their daily meanders. Whilst they both enjoyed the proper white stuff, neither is impressed with the incessant drizzle-mist we currently endure. Many Glens are curiously reluctant to venture out in the rain. Possibly not the most useful trait, for an Irish working dog!
Speaking of the Emerald Isle: HAPPY ST PADDY'S DAY for 17 March! Glens were first acknowledged as a breed by the GADHARCHUMANN NA hÉIREANN in 1934, at the Dublin St Patrick's Day Show.
Good to see Buster celebrating his Irish ancestry in style. Thanks a million to Tina for the fabulous photos. And lovely to see Buster and BFF Burt still enjoying their walks together. Hope you all managed to cèilidh the day away!
FOR A GOOD CRAIC
March 2021 - Norfolk, UK
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HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY
Many happy returns to Sky's Magnificent Seven! Where to begin? There is so much to celebrate.
Working on the assumption that a picture speaks a thousand words, we enjoyed reminiscing whilst compiling the gallery below. A tough job, but someone had to do it! Team Tara have provided us with an embarrassment of riches over the past three years. We are quite literally spoilt for choice.
The adventure began at the end of November 2017, when Sky met Rock Buster at Romainville. Exactly two months later, we watched through a haze of happy tears as Sky gently cradled her first born - Teagan.
We only realise now just how lucky we were. There were no issues or complications. Eight precious puppies arrived with apparent ease. Delivery was evenly spaced, so Sky could welcome each one into the world with tender love and care. Their arrival took the best part of a day.
We still think about the large male brindle who was sadly smothered at three days old, and wonder at the beautiful dog he would have been.
When the time came for the puppies to leave us, we were upset to see them go. I wished we could have kept them all. They each have their own unique personality and they are all wonderful ambassadors for the breed. We're extremely grateful they went to loving homes and bring joy to so many. And we are especially chuffed to be part of their lives from afar.
Of course, the journey really started in September 2014, when we first met Sky, our extraordinary Glen of Imaal terrier. That magical walk at Laytown in the late Autumn sun, whilst the horses raced on the beach. We walked on air. I could not believe she was really ours. A sense of exhilarated disbelief lingers to this day. She is perfection on four paws.
Today is slightly bittersweet, as we know Sky will not be having another litter. She was such a wonderful mum - and her Magnificent Seven really are MAGNIFICENT! They are the gift that keeps on giving. Clever Bertie has already continued the line by breeding. And we are very keen to breed with Clodagh too. Perhaps later this year. I'll keep you posted!
Sky says: 'My work here is done'. But ours continues.
19 January 2021 - Norfolk, UK