Meet Ireland’s Puppy of the Year 2018

By Anna O'Donoghue

Move over the Rose of Tralee, this year’s Puppy of the Year 2018 has been announced.

After a nationwide search throughout Petmania’s stores, Ireland’s largest pet retailer whittled it down to 12 finalists.

And taking the top spot is …

Hugo O’Malley

Hugo is from Six Mile Bridge on the Limerick and Clare border and was nominated by his pet parent Ruth O’Malley, a Montessori teacher.

Following the bereavement of a much-loved pet in 2017, it was serendipity when Ruth and Hugo’s paths crossed on the one year anniversary of her previous pet.

Hugo received the top prize which includes a year’s supply of food and grooming, a puppy photography shoot and a two-night stay in Enniskoe House, County Mayo.

How could we forget the runners-up, which includes a Vizsla from Waterford, a Bernese Mountain Dog from Tullamore and a young Whippet from Wexford.

This was the fourth year of the competition, and Petmania teamed up with SEVEN Dog Nutrition.

Dogs who entered the competition nationwide received a Seven Puppy Pack.

Petmania’s Marketing Manager Emily Millers has said:

We are delighted to crown Hugo as our Puppy of the Year for 2018/19. It was such a great competition this year, with lots of entries received nationwide and the cute factor this year was unbelievable

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