An Irish wolfhound is among the favourites to be named as the 2015 Nose of Tralee after being selected as the contestant for Dublin.
The competition is a celebration of pets and pet lovers across all the counties in Ireland. It is open to all pets, not just cats and dogs. The title is a play on words based on the annual beauty content held in Ireland, the Rose of Tralee.
One of the leading candidates for the crown this year is Dublin Nose winner and Irish Wolfhound Céili. She is 17 months old and has lived with the McHale family in Clondalkin, West Dublin for just over a year.
She would be a worthy winner of the prestigious canine award, coming from a family with royal pedigree. Céili’s big brother Domhnall is the mascot for the Irish Guards in Buckingham Palace and her big sister Keelagh is the Irish Army Mascot.
Owner Liz McHale said: “Céili was picked as the Dublin Nose. We are now looking for everyone to get behind Céili and help a dog from Clondalkin to win the title. The voting has already started and Céili and the Kerry Nose are neck and neck.
“We want an Irish Wolfhound to be the Nose of Tralee. She has begun attending some events and represents her heritage and culture so well. She is friendly, gentle, playful and loving. She needs votes every day until 18th August.”
The Nose of Tralee winner will be treated to a professional photo shoot with his or her owner, courtesy of David McAuley Photography, as well as a €200 voucher to spend with sponsors Pet Sitters Ireland.
Last year Down Nose Buster was named the Nose of Tralee. If you would like to vote for the 2015 Nose of Tralee then please visit petsittersireland.com. Voting closes on 18th August 2015.