A Wolfhound Named Bally Shannon

One of the beautiful dogs on that Goodlife dog food commercial is a big Irish wolfhound puppy, dancing, jumping, and generally larking about with a smaller and probably older dog. It put me in the mood for looking at Irish wolfhounds. I found this wonderful, terrible story which I hadn’t seen or heard before.

First, the picture.

Now the story, transcribed from a 1918 periodical.

The Irish described great warriors and heroes as being like hounds. There is even an old Irish poem, transcribed at the National Basilica, which describes the Virgin Mary as like a swift hound. When you read stories like this, you may understand this Irish metaphor.

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