Irony and Bran head to head

First, if you haven’t been here before or for awhile, I do hope you will visit everyone’s separate pages you can find to the left, which tell their individual stories.  I put this page together because I realized in not getting around to updating those pages very often and part of the problem is that it is difficult to chat about them separately, all their experiences now are so combined. In part this is because they had finally developed a deep bond.  

We started to really realize how bonded Irony became with Bran due to the differences in her anxiety level in the two kenneling experiences they have had.  Irony and Bran on couch The first time, when we moved here, we kenneled them at our (then) vet’s.   The kennels were a good size for one of them and they were even out of sight of each other although nearby.   We arrived to pick them up to find Irony absolutely stressed and having licked her front legs totally raw.  A few months later we kenneled them at a boarding place in Colebrook where the kennels were larger and they had a little run they could go out to to do business.  They were put in together.  We arrived with them happy to see us but Irony seemed calm and there was no sign of “stress licking” at all.   We interpret this that she felt more secure with one pack member with her, that this didn’t mean that we were split up and her world had crashed in.  

Since Scolaighe joined us it was obvious that she also became devoted to the older hounds, especially Bran as they both liked to snuggle…Irony would snuggle but was moody about it, not always wanting to. Gleann is still living a little more separately, as we need to keep him from annoying the others too much, but as he grows he is spending more time with Bran and Scolaighe and is becoming a distraction from their sorrow in losing Irony.

Bran and Irony on couch with afghan  Irony and Bran "holding paws" in Rochester kitchen

Bran and Irony in fenced field  Irony, Bran and Scolaighe in field

Irony, Bran and Scolaighe

Bran and Scolaighe on couch with Gleann being brat

an older Gleann, Scolaighe and Bran on couch

Orlaith on couch, Cu on dog bed, Gleann on floor

Cu, Gleann and Orlaith chaos

 

Gleann, Sach, Cu and Orlaith

Cu and Orlaith

Sach and Gleann running in field

 

Sachairi on dog bed in front of Orlaith, Gleann and Cu on couches

Orlaith and Cu on couch

Sachairi, Orlaith and Gleann on couch

Gleann and Sachairi on couchSachairi and Grainne on dog bed

Sachairi and Merlin on our bed

 

Gleann on floor near Grainne on dog bed

Gleann and Merlin on couch

Merlin on couch above and behind Grainne on dog bed

Cairbre and Gleann on couch

Cairbre and Gleann on bed

Ruadhan and Cairbre on couch, Gleann looking

Ruadhan, Gleann and Cairbre on couches

Aaron with Irony, Scolaighe and Branfamily Saigh with Irony, Bran and Scolaighe

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