Ireland’s pet experts Petmania recently announced the winner of their annual Puppy of the Year competition, with the grand final taking place Saturday 28th at their Kilkenny store.
Announcing the winner on Tuesday the 31st, the Mountrath based pup Donut beat off competition from over 1,600 entries being crowned this years Puppy of the Year. Donut, an English Mastiff puppy, battled it out as a finalist for the Portlaoise store before winning the hearts of judges at the grand final due to his chilled and clever personality.
Despite his size, he’s a very young puppy and loves to help his mum and owner, Jacinta, and visit the children with autism that she works with, who love to see him coming. Donut and his proud owner received a prize worth €1500, including a year’s supply of dog food from Beta, a 12-month grooming care plan with Petmania, a two-night staycation in a dog-friendly hotel courtesy of Blue Book, as well as a professional photoshoot and a brand ambassador contract.
In second place was gentle labrador retriever, Molly Saoirse, a therapy puppy for Clonakilty Community Hospital in Cork, while in third place was cocker spaniel puppy, Biscuit Dunphy, from Roscommon.
This years competition proved to be one of the hardest, with high ranked pedigree breeds competing for the title of Puppy of the Year. There were some heartwarming stories from some of the finalists this year including:
Alfie Reynolds, local school mascot from Kilkenny
Joey Montana, the brother of last year’s winner Bambina, both from Santry
Nala Keelan, from Tullamore, who was abandoned before finding her forever home
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