Dog of the day

Dogs of the day – Coco & Minnie

Today’s dogs of the day are Coco & Minnie. They live in Co. Clare with their human Sharon. Minnie is a shih tzu & Coco is a llhasa apso/Jack Russell cross. Lets find out more about them.


Dogs Name: Coco & Minnie:
Hails from: Ennis
Breed: Minnie is a shih tzu & Coco is a llhasa apso/Jack Russell cross.
Coco & Minnie Date of birth: Coco – 15/07/2016 Minnie 22/10/2013

Tell us a bit more about you – the human
I’m a childminder in Ennis & my very favourite way to unwind after a hectic day with my smallies is to head to our local woods for a walk with two of our three doggies, our time together is so precious to me. We loved the 99k for canines & my girlies loved the attention their bandanas brought!

Why did you take part in the 99k for Canines initiative?
Both Minnie & Belle were bought from a breeder, a very good one mind you, but Coco & Molly came from a small animal rescue here in Ennis. I wouldn’t swap Minnie & Belle for the world but if I’d known then what we know now, we definitely would have adopted & not shopped. There’s so many dogs looking for good homes & I’ve such admiration & respect for Dogs Trust that I wanted to do my bit for them.

What have been the major benefits for you of the challenge?
I’ve loved the challenge, it’s made us get up & out in the evenings rather than vegitate in front of the tv, I’ve also found that nearly in a meditative way, it’s been great for my head & spending some quality time with my girls has been a huge bonus too.

What do you feel have been the biggest benefits for your dog throughout the challenge
With Coco, she has really trimmed up, she was a little on the chubby side before! Both have lovely short tidy nails now too. & Minnie seems more relaxed & sociable too. Their form is fantastic too, always were happy doggies but the seem to have a little extra spring in their step now.

Fundraising target: €100
Distance: 102km

Now the important part – The Doggy details

Tell us all about Coco & Minnie
All three of my dogs are girls, Minnie has her sister here with us, Belle. & Coco’s sister Molly lives with my parents but comes to us for holidays regularly. She joined us on some 99k walks too. Minnie is a little shy, isn’t keen in going for walks alone with me, Coco gives her such confidence it’s unbelievable! Minnie is also super protective of Coco. Belle is super small so she stays hone with my hubby when the rest of us are out walking, she loves the solo fuss he makes of her. As we don’t have children we are blessed to have our three girlies, we still consider ourselves a family of 5!!!

Coco & Minnie’s Favourite snack
Whimzees chews

Coco & Minnie’s Favourite toy?
Nylabone toys & flower pots!

Coco & Minnie’s Favourite park
Lee’s Road Ennis

Coco & Minnie’s Favourite walk
The woods at Lee’s Road park

Loves to play with other dogs

What is your favourite activity that you and Coco & Minnie complete together?

What is the funniest/most random thing Coco & Minnie has ever done?
Steals socks/knickers from the laundry basket & decorates the back garden with them, visitors underwear is always very popular!!

How do you describe your relationship with Coco & Minnie?
Like I said, it’s just myself & my husband so we consider our dogs our family & they’re all treated as such. Sometimes it feels like the run the house here but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re our babies!

Top 5 moments you’ve had with Coco & Minnie
When we brought each of them home & all that happened when we were all getting used to one another.
Every moment is a top moment!

What top 3 words would you use to describe Coco & Minnie
Super friendly,
& special.

Give details of one thing that your Coco & Minnie has done to help change your life/improve your life for the better.
Having dogs has taught me how lucky I am to have them & how lucky they are to have us, not all dogs are as lucky & I only wish I could help them all.


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