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...which I neither endorse nor am the responsible party for, I just link to them and these links could  be unreliable
 after the latest Revision. We lost some, found some, corrected some. Oh, and I've tried to stay away from
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 selections informative, fun and educational.


  Just-in-Case Legal "Stuff"
Disclaimer: I do not want any of you to think this is EVER necessary, however a recent (2011) event of a dog custody case reminded me that this is also a subject we need to at least know about. The following are California based. Interviewing lawyers in your area and watching the newspapers for dog-related cases and the winning lawyer should help you find a lawyer with the expertise and willingness to assist. Contact me for eMail or telephone numbers.
Robert Newman...Lawyer. Robert is a lawyer with a focus on civil litigation involving animals. He owns a delightful Chihuahua, Ruben, and  is a Pharaoh Hound owner-breeder and is eminently qualified to handle our special problems. Although Mr. Newman's practice focuses on civil litigation involving animals, he also handles Criminal Defense and Family Law matters.
Ron Berman, DABFE ...
Forensic Specialist and Consultant. He is renown for his testimony on canine aggression and pet related injuries. Yes, he will travel. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners (that's what those initials mean) and has the experience to evaluate and testify in custody matters as well as dog bite/fight matters.
Dixie Howell-Hirsch . . . Breeder of Merit, Expert Witness en re Irish Wolfhound Evaluations, death, injury, divorce, replacements. Experienced in both commercial and domestic cases based on 40 years as owner/breeder/AKC Judge of the Irish Wolfhound.

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AKC ...has a full service site for canine related ownership. It is a little hard to follow, but AKC is continuing to update, upgrade and simplify.
IWCA ...(Irish Wolfhound Club of America) the National Club for the breed. The "Mother" of all the local and regional clubs. You can find a club in your area through them.
IWAWC ...(Irish Wolfhound Association of the West Coast) actually only covers Southern California. They sponsor 2 fun days and 1 Specialty a year.
SCIWFC...(South Counties Irish Wolfhound Fanciers Club) is an Irish Wolfhound social club hosting varied IW family activities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County and Riverside/San Bernardino Areas of Southern California. Contact me [ dixie@buydecker.com ] for more current information. See us annually at the American Family Pet Expo, Orange County California. (April 15-16-17, 2011) and the Irish Faire in Irvine, CA (June 2011)

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Cindy Conter of Arizona, has graciously allowed me to highlight her work. Please tour her website and drool over the Irish Wolfhound jewelry she has designed. This award-winning artisan is charming, a delight to chat with and extremely cognizant of your pocketbook, as well as interested in offering custom pieces of your personal description.
Dog Photos by renown professional writer-photographer! Exceptional work and artistry. Have camera, will travel! Give some pizzazz to your Christmas cards, dog advertisements, or just a lovely portrait for your pleasure. This one may take a bit of time to load!! GREAT PHOTOS...well, of course!
Lure Coursing/Racing Website,  a national organization, American Sighthound Field Association, offers competitive AND FUN events for your no-kill "hunting" enjoyment. Check it out. Ask questions. Get involved. AKC also has a coursing program! Just as much fun and a title, too!
What About Coat Colors? 
Recently I was asked about what makes a dog's coat color... frankly, I was befuddled so I looked at this site. See what you think.

CheckMark2.gif (1168 bytes)   General Pet Info--Products, Foods, Supplies, Transport, Still Undecided?
Dog Food Reviews ... This site is full of dog food reviews, general suggestions and some warnings. It seems to be non-partisan, but the Free Shipping is for only specified products. Check it out for answers to some of your food and feeding questions. Please! Do Not Be Enticed into the "designer foods"...they really aren't better simply because they cost more. Read the survey results and make your own informed decision.
 Paws and Claws Pet Transporters. A ground transport shipping company offering dog and cat shipping. They are based in Alabama but offer nationwide door-to-door service. You might want to check them out along with other ground transporters to make your final decision.

A Canine Marketplace...PetSmart: full of products and services for dogs and other species. Comprehensive Club listings. Good site to browse through.
Dog Owner's Guide ...
sponsored by Nature's Recipe, another good source to browse articles and breed data, nutrition highlights, and resource material. No, Irish Wolfhounds are not mentioned. Very slow to load.
Dog Stuff ...
I liked this "homey" site! Unpretentious and enjoyable. Well-built handcrafted items, BUT currently they are on hiatus (2/2011). Some of you may find a few items to be pricey, but I'd bet the workmanship and Customer Service policy will make you the winner. Limited catalog, but good! Also, custom Memorial Urns when the need arises. Perhaps they would refer you to take a special order? All you have to do is ask.
House Signs ...
The custom signs are constructed on rust-resistant baked enamel aluminum, high quality magnetic sheeting, and weather treated pine. Also offering Weathervanes, mailbox toppers, stoneware pet dishes, pet memorials, and self-applied stickers.
Custom Flags ...
Custom designed dog flags are made by double appliqué using a 200 denier nylon.  These top quality flags are available in different background colors. Let people know what dog is in Your household! These must be ordered by calling an 800#--no biggie but does take a bit more time.
Discount Pet SuperStore.
Buy PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence, Dog Doors, Dog Crates, PetSafe Electric Dog Fences, Pet Containment Fencing, and Discount Pet Supplies. I have no personal relationship or experience with this outfit, but what I have read, looks good. Use at your own discretion.
 West Coast Pet Supply.
They offer a wide selection of name brand pet products. They also have a Breeder Referral Directory which could be useful. SUNSTAG (Reg.) is listed, but "boo-hoo" not one response... Someone could say something nice about us, huh?
Doggie Doors.
PetSafe Pet Doors for Dogs & Cats. PetSafe & Staywell Pet Doors and Replacement Flaps. You may want to check out these guys. I think it could be useful. On the other hand, you might find something local to you, but this is a good reference.
Doggie Meds at Discount.
I have not used their service, mainly because I have a local outlet for my needs. However, some of you may not be so fortunate. Give these guys a try and let me know how they worked for/with you and your recommendation to retain them in our Links.
Dog Food Resource Website. Sometimes we encounter a dilemma over which dog food is best for our hounds. All the reviews contain lists of ingredients and analysis of the food content. This site gives comprehensive reviews of many currently on-the-market pet foods. Use your best judgment on what will work for you and your dog.
civilwarflagsT.gif (1012 bytes)   Really Good Hound Leashes. I was recently introduced to this company and thought perhaps some of you would want "quality" wear for your "quality" hound!! I recommend leather only, but some of the nylon ones have padded hand grips and might work well for walking the hound. REMEMBER! Never loop the leash around your wrist! Always loop it over your thurmb and grip with the full hand--much easier to drop if the hound lunges away after a cat or something<G>. Personally, I use a very long leash and wrap it behind me to hold it in my right hand, that way I have my body as an anchor if my hound tries to chase a prey... Enjoy!

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Revival Catalog ... Lots of vitamin/nutrient information within the catalog pages! Great to have on hand for little things. Also has grooming products, disinfectants, and equipments. Reasonable prices.
What is Homeopathy? This site offers general articles-- updated monthly-- on homeopathy and natural ways to keep your hound healthy.
If you have difficulty with this site, try www.shirleysWellnessCafe.com .
Allergy Aids-1.  
A couple of good sites. First one gives some insights into why and how. Allergy Aids-2. Check out these folks and if you have an allergic dog that your vet wants you to take to a dermatologist or other specialist, suggest this blood test first. It seems right as a first step and relatively reasonable. It is around $300. Next step, after finding the food allergy, was the right food (in this case). I have learned that other allergies are helped by a food change even if the allergy itself is not food related, afterall nutrients in different combinations create different absorptions etc. Allergy Aids-3.  Check out if they are still offering a box of samples with all the flavors. Ironic isn't it--a "wolf" helping an Irish WOLF hound)?

CheckMark2.gif (1168 bytes)  General IW Information
THE BOOK! Title: The Irish Wolfhound, Symbol of Celtic Splendor by Mary McBryde ...takes you to Amazon.com where you need to enter the author's name or book title. This is a relatively definitive, authoritative document! It is a "must have" for novice owners and breeders alike. We do not advocate, however, that it be taken as gospel. Some minor philosophies could differ with the SUNSTAG(Reg) viewpoint. This link takes you to Amazon Books and their on-line ordering service where the book is currently listed! It is apparently out of print already, therefore PRICEY! Watch  eBay for "used" copies. PS--Don't take everything you read as "gospel"...
Digitaldog ... A Newletter format -- very general, but good reading. Some would make nice bedtime reading for the kids--the 2-legged ones!

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Club Canofilo Caliente.
OH DARN! Currently inactive [SINCE 4/2009] due to upheaval South of the Border. What Was: This Club organizes dog shows in Tijuana Mexico for more information visit their website. It is glorious fun. Four days of International and Mexican shows for championship points on the grounds of the Tijuana Greyhound Racetrack; lots of security and covered arenas for breed and group judging; and, bleachers overlooking the exhibition for easy viewing. Evening Equestrian entertainment, ringside cafe and bar, restaurants within walking distance, greyhound races, and terrific camaraderie! Come! Join the fun--even if you don't have a dog! 
Internet Dog Directory: a general Index of worldwide clubs, kennels and breeders of our great breed. See some of the kennel websites for a good overview of what is representative of the Irish Wolfhound through the world. Very general and a bit commercial.
Also, includes a short book list.
I had a lovely discussion about the current (2005) trend to FAT Irish Wolfhounds instead of the athletic, long-lived ones. Akiko Tatsuki promises an English version shortly! AND HE DID IT! Click in the left column. WOW those pictures are great!! Takes a little effort to brows, but worth it.

 Irish Wolfhound Magazines
IWQuarterly ...direct link to subscription. Good overall IW coverage and book catalog. I do take issue with the caption under their opening photo: It says the dogs are of the "old type". There is only ONE type, and these hounds are representative under both the "old" and "current" standard. Good basic magazine on the whole. Pretty much formulaic.

Camping With Your Dog ...all sorts of camping info on hiking, backpacking, where-to, what to take... Don't forget to vaccinate!
Take Your Pet... nice, clear pages for your edification. Easy to browse. They also offer a free E-Zine with membership. Another that wants you to become a "member".
Pets on the Move: Travel in Europe/Pet Passports, a UK-based service. While I have not yet used this site, it appears to be very up-to-date on the how of Traveling in Europe with your pet. It includes information on import/export of a pet from or into the Continent. I'll check them out more thoroughly soon.
Linderland Stage ...provides a ground transportation service for the "fear of flying" crowd, the breeder who needs to ship, and for families who want their pet with them in a new city...or... at reasonable rates.
Professional Pet Transports Inc. ...
provides a competitive ground transport service. One or more of the Pet Transporters could be in your area when you need them.
To go First Class, try PETAIRWAYS. Quite reasonable though limited to service out of/into Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Hawthorne-LA and Long Island NY. No size limits!! And, pets fly in the cabin with their own Steward! PetAir ... A professional animal air/airport transportation service. Breeders who need to ship puppies may find this service very convenient. . Here are a few others: www.caninecarriers.com; www.jetpets.com; or a full listing from www.ipata.com ... May you never need any of them!!!

Family Pet Relocations Pet Transport.
This is another ground transporter Service which currently covers these states: Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona,and California for your Pet shipping needs. The site offers information if looking for ways on how to ship a dog with a pet transportation service. Be sure you verify the transporter's schedule, an estimate of length of travel time, where the delivery can be made, and ask for referrals. Naturally you will be given (if so) only the very best results...but it will give you a feel for the operation and the level of care of your pet.

Clicker Training ...isn't new, just useful! A training method that's HOT! Well put together site. I suggest this as a MUST SEE, not necessarily do I advocate using this method. This method is an involved 3-step process.
Superdog ...well, yours could be. Try this site to decide--with suggestions and book list. This one also offers Bereavement help.
civilwarflagsT.gif (1012 bytes) Secrets of Dog Training. [My Bad!! I've forgotten how to Link... Here is the link: www.puppydontbite.com/} Hummmm. Intriguing. Is it really possible to NOT have to go to Dog Training Classes? Can I really pick up a book (or two or three) and get my dog to be "Lassie" or "Rin-Tin-Tin"?...probably not, but maybe, just maybe this book set could help you live with a more social and personable pet. I have not personally reviewed any of the documentation, and as adults, you should make your own decisions. The bottom line cost seems to currently be $39.95--which takes FOREVER to get to, by the way. Take the time to listen to the INFO-mercial; you decide if it is worth more than going out to Training Classes, and if you buy, let me have YOUR feedback--I'll include it here.

  Pet Names
Fido? or Phydo? ...A couple thousand ideas and alpha listing plus links to other sites. (Maybe they're interesting, I don't know for sure as I didn't have time to check--wanna do it for me?--some are really great; others, well, hummmmm certainly not suited for an Irish Wolfhound!). Let me add that many breeders have a special way of naming their puppies. One is to identify which litter it came from...like using the letter of the alphabet corresponding to the year. Another is by theme; for example, Academy Award winners...aren't all our dogs "winners"<G>? So while on paper, the dog's name may not be of your choosing, what you call him/her is totally YOURS. Think of it as a nickname... Robert can be "Bob"; Claire might be "CeCe"..As long as the dog has a name that YOU give him/her and it sends Love with it every time you use it--that's all that matters!. 

  Irish Fun "Stuff"
The Celtic Lady ...I stumbled into this one and was thrilled! Getting better all the time! A delight for the eyes and to grace your home!
Tattoo Lady ...wonderful Irish/Celtic designs by a dear IW friend/owner. As Pat says: Be Art! I'm still considering a harp or something . . . NOT!
Music  ...things Irish! Nice background information on the instruments etc.
Antique Irish Books...RATS! I found this lovely outlet which had been family-owned and operated for over 100 years! Recently sold out to Eastons UK..However, I may have found you a substitute: MOYTURA ... I'll have to do some additional checking, but they seem comprehensive.

If you find any of the above to be non-functional or which have offensive material, 
please, contact me immediately! Thank you!

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