Sheba and Eppie are my two very special dogs. I got Sheba about two years ago from a wonderful place called Madra, here in Galway.
Madra is short for Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption and is a place for dogs to stay when they have been abandoned or lost, or when their owners can’t care for them any more.
Sheba is eight years old and is a German Shepherd.
She used to live with a family in Dublin and was very sad when they put her in Madras in Galway.
There is no way to explain to a dog why a family they have been with for eight years suddenly can’t keep her any more.
Sheba cried for weeks in the kennels and when she first came to live with us she was very watchful and scared.
She is still a very quiet dog but much happier now she has Eppie to play with.
Eppie came last February and is a puppy of seven months old.
She doesn’t like the cold weather and tends to shiver a bit.
She has a very short coat, unlike Sheba, whose coat is very thick and warm.
I always put a little coat on her when I take her out on a cold day as you can see from the picture below.
Eppie is a very lively puppy and loves playing outside with Sheba.
They chase each other around the field for hours until they are exhausted. Then they collapse into a heap and fall into a very deep sleep.
Both dogs love to walk around ‘Ballyyahoo’ with me and they both have their favourite sniffing places.
I thought it would be fun to place the dogs in my Ballyyahoo stories occasionally.
As you can see from the pictures the two dogs make a bit of an odd couple size wise, but they get on like a house on fire.
I love animals of every variety and writing the Ballyyahoo stories means I get the opportunity to be write about them and have fun with them – whenever I want.
You can meet some more lovely animals here.
Sadly, Sheba died last Easter after a short illness. We were very sad when this happened and will always miss her.
We console ourselves with the knowledge that one day we all must go, so that others may take our place.
One day soon we will find another little friend for Eppie.
But we will never forget our beloved Sheba.