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Puppy Nanas had their hands full with fabulous new arrivals

The 19 puppies are one of the largest litters born in the one area of Ireland

IT’S a task so many would envy but Deirdre Prendergast-Horgan and Irene Hartigan-Patterson have taken their duties as ‘Puppy Nanas’ in their stride as they cared for the needs of 19 fabulous balls of fur since their arrival.

They did so on behalf of My Canine Companion which is a national charity providing therapy service dogs to people with disabilities, predominantly autism.

Irene Hartigan-Patterson (left) and Deirdre Prendergast-Horgan, from Killarney who are Puppy Nanas for My Canine Companion.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

Deirdre’s specially made puppy buggy ferries around 10 pups from a very proud Fifi –  a shepadoodle which is a German Shepherd and Poodle mix – while Irene’s Jackie had nine golden doodles.

And, needless to say, the super cuddly canines are stopping people in their tracks when they are spotted out and about in their buggies as well being in massive demand for ‘selfies’.

Deirdre, who lives in Fossa, teaches at Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, and in recent weeks she has visited schools in Kerry introducing the puppies to children.

The 19 puppies are one of the largest litters born in the one area of Ireland and some of them leave for specialist training at the charity’s headquarters in Blackpool, Co Cork this week.