Darby O'Gill Turns 15 and has a Guinness!

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Let me tell you about my sweet little fellow, Darby O'Gill (aka D.O.G.).

Darby and I met 15 years ago when I moved to Lough Gur in County Limerick, Ireland .. a magical place that has a stone circle as old as Stonehenge, and where the locals still see "fairies" like in the old days.  The lake (Lough) is over 5,000 years old and is surrounded by gently rolling hills dotted with cattle, sheep, and plenty of other wildlife.  Graceful swans glide over the lake, and geese from Scandinavia come to spend every winter to escape the cold.  It truly is a magical place, and it's where I established a Bed and Breakfast business in 1996.

When I moved to Ireland, I was hoping to find a dog to love again before long.  One day I was walking up the narrow country road where I lived, and came across a cute little dog with a pup about 3 months old -- he looked like a border collie and terrier mix.  I inquired around and found out that the dogs lived nearby, with someone who didn't love them or feed them.  A neighbor told me that the dogs' owner often kicked Darby across the driveway.  That broke my heart, because he was the sweetest little fellow, and you could tell that all he really wanted was love, and to give love back.  When we first met, he didn't want to leave my side; soon after, I brought Darby home, and another neighbor found a wonderful home for his mom.

All of my B&B guests loved Darby and some even asked if I'd let him sleep in their rooms at night LOL!  They'd often bring "leftovers" from their dinners at nearby pubs to give to him as a treat.  When I returned to living in the U.S., Darby was very brave and flew in his pet carrier in the cargo compartment ... he was scared to death, but he made it!  Here's a photo of Darby when he first emigrated to America at age 8 ... 

Darby O'Gill at his favorite park

Darby is as smart as a whip -- if you mention "Lough Gur" to him, he throws his head back and starts to cry for "the Old Country."

Darby's been doing really well, but we discovered this summer that he has a problem with his back -- some of his bones have fused (spondylosis), making going up and down stairs (we have many) impossible, so we carry him up & down the stairs, but other than that, he's in pretty good health. 

Last night we celebrated Darby's 15th Birthday ... for dinner, he had a juicy filet mignon steak cooked just how he likes it, and it was also sprinkled wtih Guinness -- accompanied by little red potatoes to remind him of his homeland.  Darby gobbled it all up in a snap!

Happy Birthday Darby O'Gill -- thanks for 15 years of pure joy that you've brought to our lives!

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Ginger Foust
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Hugs to Darby from me Maureen.  I really don't think that it's an issue of him wanting to be with Brendan more than you, he just hates your stairs.  In the next house, I bet that he'll be around YOU more.  Does he have a yard there?

Did I ever tell you that, when I was single, I had a "Rascal" that looked very much like Darby.  Love that pooch and he was VERY smart! 

Nov 23, 2010 01:08 PM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Maureen- I fell in love with Darby's face the minute I saw the picture.  My husband rescued our last dog, my beloved Lucky, from a hunting lease and I still miss her very much. I guess we're not the only ones who need a single story home as we get older.  

Nov 23, 2010 01:26 PM #8
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Hi Susan ~ I've been to Belfast a number of times, but want to go back now that the "Troubles" are over.  What a beautiful place it is!

Hi Ginger ~ Darby would love a bigger yard, yes. Bet you miss your Rascal....

Hi Kathy ~ So true about the stairs -- for us as well as our pets!  Lucjky was well-named since you and your husband saved her life.  They never, ever forget!

 

Nov 23, 2010 01:50 PM #9
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Heather Cook
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Maureen - what an utterly enchanting story. I am so happy that you have such a special companion and its obvious that Darby is cherished and treasured. I'm a huge animal lover (we have four cats and I would have more if my husband would let me). They are essential members of my family and they know it ... lol ... 

Enjoy your Darby .. here are a few pictures of my babies:

      

My other kitty is camera shy and seems to have a sixth sense about when I have the camera out. But yes .. these kitties hamming it up for the camera are my angels and each have their own personalities which make our lives richer.

 

Nov 23, 2010 01:54 PM #10
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Hi Heather ~ Your kitties are so playful and cute!  And they're all so different -- do they like to play together?  I'm sure they're all unique in their personalities and also in how they relate to you too.  Think how lonely our lives would be without our 4-legged friends.

Nov 23, 2010 02:33 PM #11
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Mike Carlier
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Happy 15th, Darby, you're looking great.  Keep enjoying Guinness and you'll stay young.  Our Golden preferred pale ale and enjoyed it for sixteen years.  You obviously have a more refined palate.

Nov 24, 2010 01:34 AM #12
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Hi Mike ~ I'll bet your Golden loved the pale ale!  Darby prefers the Guinness but hey, he's patriotic for his homeland, what can we say?  Thanks for complimenting Darby on his youthful look!!

Nov 24, 2010 01:47 AM #13
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Karen Dembsky
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awe -- Maureen, you brought tears to my eyes, you aren Darby did!  Beautifully told story!

sorry I took so long to get here. That Darby is a cutie!

Nov 24, 2010 06:10 AM #14
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Hi Karen ~ Thanks for stopping by to read about Darby's celebration -- he's still talking about it LOL!  Darby and I both wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2010 06:14 AM #15
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Kathy Burke
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What a charmer (most Irishmen are!) and lucky to have you and Brendan for his family.  I didn't grow up with dogs and never knew how one could really love and adore a dog....til I found my "little guy"....Cosmo.

He's the dog "love of my life".....he too has a GREAT life.  Same coloring as Darby O'Gill and I'm sure they would be great friends.  Bring him to No. Calif!!

danville home stager - assistant  Cosmo loving the Sunday paper!

Nov 24, 2010 07:11 AM #16
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Heather Cook
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Maureen - they are an awesome - and unique - group of kitties. They definitely play together, sleep together and groom each other. One of them is my husband's cat - or he is *her* person - she follows him around, sleeps with him and guards him from the other kitties. We dress them up for holidays (much to their chagrin) so I'll have to post some of those fun pictures!

I couldn't imagine life without my babies ... I honestly believe they are such blessings and treasured companions.

Nov 24, 2010 07:19 AM #17
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hi Kathy ~  I just love Cosmo too just seeing him so cozy on your sofa -- what a sweetheart!  You're right, people don't know how much a dog can enrich your life until you have one yourself.  (I did grow up with dogs in our house -- lots of them -- and we even had a puppy selected by Walt Disney Studios and she became a movie star! :-)

Nov 24, 2010 07:19 AM #18
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Maureen, it seems that Darby and I have similar tastes in meat and beer! 

And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2010 10:29 AM #19
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Sharon Tara
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Darby is a very handsome boy!  I'm so happy he found you and got the happy home and the love that he so deserved!  Happy Birthday to your special guy!!

Nov 24, 2010 11:34 AM #20
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Anna Dovger
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I was scared to death too when immigrated to USA LOL. Happy B-DAy to Darby and a great Thanksgiving to your and your family!

Nov 24, 2010 02:13 PM #21
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Hi Heather ~ We'd love to see the kitties in their costumes ... looking forward to your post!

Hi Pat ~ Well since you're both Irish, that makes perfect sense -- have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Sharon ~ Darby says "woof woof" and is quite flattered that you called him handsome.

Hi Anna ~ You and Darby have something in common :-)  Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

Nov 24, 2010 02:25 PM #22
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Maureen:  Darby O'Gill looks like such a charmer.  How wonderful that you two have been together for fifteen years.  I can tell from his birthday dinner of filet mignon and Guinness... that you never, ever spoil him.  <smile>  Hopefully you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving together.  Huggs to all... and some special scratchings behind the ears to Darby... unless, of course, he doesn't like that.  Take care...

Here's a picture of my Mollie T Cat.  She is sitting in the kitchen sink... waiting to put her head UNDER the faucet... and take one of the several showers she takes every day.  Mollie T... my "wet head" kittie.

Nov 24, 2010 10:18 PM #23
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Hi Karen Anne ~ Wow -- a cat who likes water!  The cats I've had in the past avoided water at any cost but obviously Mollie T. Cat knows whats good for her.  What a cutie she is!

Darby isn't too spoiled, but for such a momentous milestone as his 15th birthday, he got the best dinner I could think of.  He doesn't usually get to eat human food, but this was a special occasion.  P.S.  The rest of us liked that dinner too!  :-)

Nov 25, 2010 04:21 AM #24
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Sally Weatherley
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Maureen - How did I miss this delightful post?!!  What wonderful photos of Darby (aka D.O.G.).  I hear Guiness is very good for you - lots of minerals or something in it.  It warms the heart to read of how you rescued Darby from that uncaring owner.  Best Belated Birthday wishes to Darby.

Nov 29, 2010 12:23 PM #25
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Hi Sally ~ Darby is a brave boy, and has never forgotten his homeland.   Guinness IS good for you -- at least they proclaim that in all the pubs I ever visited :-)   Thanks, Darby likes extending his big celebration so he's more than happy to accept your good wishes.

Nov 29, 2010 12:31 PM #26
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