AND THAT'S ANOTHER STORY...
Stories and Testimonials from Aislingcudo
Am CH/Can GCH
Aislingcudo Is Caiseal Na Ri - Chester
Chester is out of Canadian CH Shireoak Iced Flame
~ (Bertie) X Canadian CH Aislingcudo Is Naimh Oisin (Naimh). This happy
go-lucky boy has earned many BOB and Group successes including BOB in the
Canadian National Specialty 2017. Thank you, especially to his handler,
Chris Downing who, in his most recent shows in the US Finger
Lakes Wine Country Circuit, steered Chester to a wonderful showing:
BOB at the Elmira Kennel Club Show under Judge Robert Stein, BOB at the Onondaga
Kennel Club Show under Judge Charles E. Trotter and BOB at the Kanadasaga
Kennel Club show under Judge Ruth H. Zimmerman. We are so thankful
to the judges who have recognized this boy as an excellent example of the
breed. Chester is a proven stud and a dog with a wonderful, playful
Proudly owned by Adam and Valerie Saunders.
Co-owned, bred and mentored by Pat and Albrecht Ua Siaghail.
will be a year in August 2017 since we welcomed Seamus into our family. It
was unplanned, we just lost our cocker spaniel several weeks before we got
and the sudden loss left us in shock and devastated. And I was in a desperate
need for a dog in my life, some people need time to heal, I knew that the
only way to overcome my grief was another dog... The search was intense and
very short. My friend recommended red and white setter, at that time I was
not even aware of this breed. I did my research and contacted Pat, we were
soon put on a waiting list for one of her 2017 litters.
It was meant to be that 9-months old Seamus became available due to sad
circumstances in his original family. When Pat called us to ask whether we
would be interested in taking him, there was no hesitation whatsoever. Yes,
yes and yes! A few days later we drove to pick him up. I will always remember
the beautiful yard with several red and white setters playing and running,
one of them our Seamus! He made us laugh when he was hesitant to come and
greet us on the wooden deck, it was his first time stepping on wood. A few
moments later I was playing fetch with him and after so much grief I felt
whole and happy again, thanks to Seamus. His energy, willingness to play
and pure joy are contagious. Pat and her wonderful husband Albrecht made
us feel welcome and over time I feel we also found good friends, another
bonus coming with Seamus.
We drove home for several hours, Seamus, his head on my lap at the back
seat of the car, staring at me with those big trusting eyes. I fell in love
and keep falling in love every day since. I am lucky to be married to a guy
who feels the same, this dog is such a blessing for all of us! As we soon
found out, Seamus was already well trained, very obedient and respectful
in the house. He has not destroyed a single thing, maybe except for one carpeted
stair when he investigated a snag (started by our cat). Somehow he knows what
he can and cannot do or take, if he tries something new that he is not allowed,
a simple no is enough and he loses interest. He is playful and mischievous
as all young dogs are but it is all positive, nothing to complain about whatsoever.
I call Seamus my therapy dog, whenever I am tired or down, I walk or play
with him or pet him and in a few moments I am happy again. He makes me laugh,
how he still thinks he is a puppy and tries to sit on my lap or on top of
me, how he makes funny faces when I tell him he needs to take shower. He is
super gentle with our older cat, he sometimes tries to chase her, asking her
to play, but she is not interested. Even when she gets annoyed by his kisses
and "slaps" him on the nose, he is still very gentle and friendly and just
There is another surprise in our lives, we never have been to a dog show
in our lives before and knew nothing about it. Although our previous cocker
spaniels were pure bred too, they were not show dogs. With Seamus I became
very interested in IRWS breed and spent hours and hours reading about these
wonderful dogs. When Pat asked whether we would like to show Seamus, we agreed.
Since my lack of experience, I was not comfortable showing Seamus myself,
so Pat put us in touch with Noreena, a professional handler. Seamus is doing
great and getting better as he matures, we are so proud of him and thankful
to Pat and Noreena for mentoring us. Whenever I need advice, I ask Pat, she
is always there, willing to help, we cannot ask for more. We occasionally
attend handling classes with Noreena, another good source of advice and help.
Thanks to these wonderful ladies, Seamus is doing great in the show ring.
The only thing that worried me a bit in the past was how Seamus did not
like to eat kibble. It was a high quality, but even when I added something
like chicken to his food, his appetite was up and down. Several weeks ago
we switched him to raw food and now we have a dog that cannot wait to get
his next meal and keeps asking for more. We were hesitant feeding raw diet,
same reasons as most people I guess, fear of bacteria, how to handle raw
meat when travelling etc. Noreena helped with these issues and although the
price is about 1/3 more than kibble, we have no regrets. I am a convert and
of course Seamus is too!
Since our grown up sons will be moving out soon, we started looking for
a new property, away from the city, with some space for Seamus to run. And
we are already dreaming about adding more IRWS to out family, when we settle
down in a new place, at least one and then we will see. For now I started
my collection of antique porcelain IRWS figurines, postcards, stamps... I
never was a collector of anything but I am so in love with Seamus and this
breed that I could not help it. I was always interested in everything Irish,
so it all fits together.
Thank you Pat for the love of my life, Seamus! You breed great dogs and
I hope to keep learning from you for the years to come.
Jana and Roman, Ottawa
Our first dog was Hunter, a Golden Retriever. After losing
him to a heart condition, my husband and I were heart broken. We couldn’t
replace him with another Golden, so we began a search on the AKC website.
We looked for a breed that was similar in temperament, that would fill
the needs of our family: loving, loyal and integral to our family. Through
our search, we discovered the Irish Red and White Setter. Further research
lead us to Pat and Albrecht in New Hamburg. We made contact and were invited
to come and visit a current litter of puppies. After meeting those wiggling
little bundles, we were sure that this was the breed for us. Pat and Albrecht
were very knowledgeable about the breed, and explained the genealogy to
us. Plans were made, we would receive a puppy from the next litter. Enter
Milo O’Shay Cowan, who would be the first of our three IRWS from Pat and
Albrecht. Milo surpassed our vision: he immediately became the center of
our family, and was a wonderful companion to our two young children ages
5 and 7. We had many wonderful years with Milo, always at our side, our
loyal friend. After he passed, we took a year to grieve, and found ourselves
contacting Pat and Albrecht again. Enter, Quinn, our second male IRWS.
In no way did he replace our Milo, but continued our story of Irish Red
and Whites. He too, became the center of our family. After two years,
we considered another IRWS to be a companion for him. We had never had
two dogs, and were treading into the unknown. Enter, Emma, our sweet, loving
little girl. She had a personality all of her own and captured out hearts
with her long eyelashes. She and Quinn play, sleep, wrestle together. They
are very affectionate, well tempered dogs and love human contact. They
are very athletic, love to run and jump and chase balls in the yard. Both
are high on security alert, and notify us of any birds, squirrels, or people
passing by the house, but love to greet our guests. Emma and Quinn are half
siblings, and share the same mother. Having two dogs is not twice the work,
but twice the love added to our family. Our dogs are very healthy and quite
lovely and often garner attention on walks, “What beautiful dogs, and what
is the breed?” Every moment of every day our two IRWS Quinn and Emma fill
our family with love and joy—our life has been so much richer because of
Teena and I first met Pat at an agility
class and were struck by how regal, loving and enthusiastic her dogs were.
It was our first introduction to the Irish Red and White Setter breed
and we fell in love.
A couple of years later we were ready to bring a puppy back into our
lives, and we thought immediately of those beautiful setters we met those
years ago. We contacted Pat, who remembered us, and she was very thorough
in both answering our questions, and asking questions of us, as part of
her intentional way of selecting suitable “puppy people”.
Bradaigh (Brady) came home the day before Christmas Eve and our family
could not be more pleased with his breeding, temperament and spirit. After
several conversations and visits with Pat, we decided to get into showing
our dog for conformation and have enjoyed learning about this whole new
world. Pat is always there for encouragement, advice and training, never
pushing or pressuring us, only offering support and guidance.
Pat and Albrecht are true experts of the Irish Red and White Setter
breed and their passion, knowledge, and attention to detail is a testimony
to their professionalism and warmth.
It has been a pleasure to watch Bradaigh grow and mature into a confident,
playful and loving family pet. We are grateful that we attended that agility
class that introduced us to Pat and her dogs, and would recommend them
to any who are seeking to enrich their lives with an Irish Red and White
Yes, you may use my letter on your testimonial page. It's not
the most uplifting letter but if it helps just 1 prospective new dog owner
grasp the full responsibility that they are about to undertake, then it
would be worth sharing! I might add that the 12 wonderful years that
I had with Riley and the wonderful, indelible memories that she left on
my soul far out weighed the bad part at the end.
Dear Pat and Albrecht,
I hope that this email finds you both well and thriving! It
has been quite some time since we last spoke but you both have often been
in my thoughts. It is with sadness in my heart and literally tears
in my eyes that I write you this day. On May 21th of this year our
Riley went to heaven. She was very ill and looked to me for that
most difficult of decisions to help her on her journey.
She was the best dog I have ever had in my 44 years. The 12+
years that she was with us were some of the best years of my life.
She was there to approve of Karen as my wife and shared in the birth of
our two sons! She enjoyed riding in the truck, the occasional ice
cream cone, and going to the dog “spa” (I finally found a groomer that I
could trust with my baby). She also enjoyed hunting up until a couple
of seasons ago. I think if she had her druthers though, she would have
wanted me to be as good of a shot as she was a hunter! She loved following
her nose whose curiosity was only outweighed by her insatiable spirit
and personality! She was a loving dog and divided her down time
between sprawling on the leather couch and squeezing onto my lap.
Thank-you both so much for such a wonderful member of our family!
As we take some time to celebrate the life of our Riley, I can’t yet look
to life with another yet (even though my oldest, Grayson, hinted at just
that earlier as I showed him your website). I do know that when the
time is right, another Irish Red and White Setter will be the only option.
Rowan is my first Irish Red and White
Setter. He and I are active in agility together, and through that,
I began a correspondence with Pat Ua Siaghail. Rowan’s mother, Rosie,
was one of Pat and Albrecht’s puppies. I began to send Pat
video and photos of Rowan running agility because I thought she might like
to see what Rosie’s prodigy was accomplishing.
As Rowan matured and continued to accomplish much in agility , I
continued to correspond with Pat. She was supportive and excited about
Rowan’s accomplishments. We had many “discussions” about agility
and how wonderful and athletic these dogs are. Then one fateful day, Pat
posted ultra sound pictures of puppies which were expected from Pat’s
gal Bronough . In one of our e mail correspondences, I randomly
asked Pat if all the pups were spoken for. And that was the beginning
of a journey we are still taking together.
Pat asked that I call her to discuss the puppies. I remember
driving home from an agility class with Rowan and stopping at a rest area
to talk to Pat on the phone . Pat knew that I was debating committing
to a pup. She was extremely patient. All my questions were answered.
I felt like I had known her my whole life and in reality, it was the first
time I ever spoke with Pat directly. When I told her “yes” I wanted a pup,
she was very excited. I wondered why, and now I understand. Pat takes
care when placing her puppies. She wants to be sure they are matched to
the right owner and go to good homes. If you want an agility dog,
she considers that when placing, and the same for hunting, conformation or
I communicated to Pat that I was very concerned that a pup was being
suggested for me without my seeing it. However, there was something about
our conversations that were comforting to me. Pat asked what my main concerns
were for the new pup. I told Pat that structure came first, as it would
be an agility dog, then temperament. I was comforted by the
fact that Pat knew what I wanted to do with my new pup and would select
a pup with that in mind. And she did.
We continued our correspondence through phone conversations, emails
etc. I watched the pups grow through photos. I myself grew more
and more excited, but still nervous. Was I making the right decision?
Would another dog fit in here? Could I train another dog for agility while
still running Rowan? What if the dog was not the right one for me?
In April 2012, my husband and I drove to Canada. The babies
were ready to go. It was a mixed emotion ride to get a pup I had never
met. All the questions swarmed through my mind. Yet I couldn’t wait to
meet her. I was thrilled at the prospect of getting another pup. Yet I
Pat and Albrecht welcomed us like we were long lost friends. Their
warmth was tangible! We met all the puppies, and all the adult dogs
in their home. The puppies and adult dogs live in a home where they
are loved and nurtured. Pat, Albrecht, Kevin and I sat together and went
about finding the perfect name for our pup. I knew I liked the name Cushla
because it meant “heart” or “sweetheart” and Albrecht helped me with the
rest….Aislingcudo is Cushla Mo Chroi……. Heart of my heart.
Pat has been here for me since that first day we spoke on the phone,
and continues to be here for me. We have shared many conversations where
she has answered all of my crazy questions. No question too inane for her.
I have the deepest respect for Pat and Albrecht, these champions and devotees
of the breed. It is evident that Pat and Albrecht are intent on keeping
the breed healthy and sound. Through Pat, I have learned volumes about these
dogs, their history, the nuances of selecting the correct breeding combinations,
genetics etc. Aislingcudo dogs are healthy, sound and happy.
They are raised and socialized to perfection. I adore my Cushla
Mo Chroi and am very excited about her progress in the agility world.
She is pure joy to run and train. Pat chose the perfect dog for me. Cushla
is beautifully put together, smart, fast, sassy and loving. She is tearing
up the agility rings and is going to be a real head turner. Like her “brother”
If you are reading this, then you are probably looking for an Irish
Red and White Setter, and searching for a quality breeder. I would
say you have found them, and look no further!!
Thank you, Pat and Albrecht, from the bottom of my heart for
sending Cushla my way. She is everything I dreamed of in an agility dog,
but more than that, she is everything I dreamed of for a buddy and companion!!
I am so very lucky that our paths have crossed.
Good morning Pat,
Let me bring you up to date on all of the excitement that's taken
place in the past 18 hours.
• I rode all the way home on Karen's lap, and
I was exceptionally good. (I didn't see any need to put Karen into the
crate.) You'd have been proud of me. I only slept part of
the way as this first road trip was too exciting. Although I was
concerned about the roads at first, the worst part was just getting back
to Hwy. 401. After that it was fine, with a little snow and a lot
of wet. As we passed through Bright, a big tanker truck carrying
goat's milk made a left turn in front of us. I asked Tom to follow
that truck, but he continued through the intersection. Tom doesn't
follow commands very well.
• We stopped at Sobey's in Tecumseh to buy some
goat's milk. They no longer carry it. But then we went to
Zehr's just down the street and Voila! They carry it.
• We completely confused the people at U.S. Customs
- like 6 of them. They assured Tom that there's no problem bringing
a puppy from Canada, but when he pointed out that I'm nine weeks old
yesterday and that I'd be thirteen weeks old + 1 day when they return
from Iceland and showed him the regulation - the agent was flummoxed (didn't
know that I knew that word, did you). They let Tom go into secondary
inspection and inside. He had five more agents confused by the timeline,
but a supervisor cleared things up. A pup can come into the U.S.
without having had a rabies shot up until the age of four months.
• As soon as we got home Tom put papers on the
floor for me and I eliminated EVERYTHING. Then we got around to
feeding. It wasn't as good as yours, but it was filling and I was
energized for some playtime. Fifteen minutes later it was potty time
• Karen and I played on the floor and I investigated
the family room area. Meanwhile, Tom went back to Petco for a larger
crate and also brought home a bag of Old Mother Hubbard cookies.
He got the little ones. Shortly thereafter I stayed in my new crate
while he and Karen visited his mother in the hospital.
• At 10:00 I had my final meal, but didn't quite
finish everything. Instead, I laid down for a nap. Tom picked
me up to go potty, than put me in the crate and carried me upstairs to
their bedroom. I slept soundly until 4:30 a.m. when I started yelping.
Tom took me downstairs to go potty and then brought me back to the crate.
I complained for less than ten minutes and then went back to sleep until
7:15. It's really peaceful without ten siblings crawling all over
you, so I slept in. Karen and Tom normally get up at 5:30, but I let
them sleep in too.
• We went downstairs to potty again, and then
we played on the floor until 8:00. They made my breakfast and I
woofed it down. Then the three of us played on the floor again.
Tom loves handling me. I like it when he lays on the floor and I
crawl all over him. It's a long trip walking up his legs from the
ankles and all the way to his face. After fifteen minutes we took
another potty break and I eliminated everything again.
• I'm going to lie down now and take a nap.
Karen is getting ready for church and Tom will go after she gets home.
That's it for the first 24 hours. So far it looks like you
picked a new home for me where I'll be loved. Thank you for everything.
It's been a great nine weeks. Wishing you and Albrecht all the best.
Enriched by my R&W
My R&W came to me through one of those coincidence
we have probably all experienced at times and which suggest the subtle
hand of destiny.
For more than 18 years we had a wonderful family dog,
a mutt of beagle, cocker-spaniel and blond lab ancestry. After that
long and energetic life, now old and tired, she deserved our mercy,
the sad realization that comes at some time for every dog owner.
My wife was already ill then. She fought it with courage
for another two years but it progressed further. We knew in our
hearts that to own and enjoy another dog together would remain a dream
forever. Finally, as it sadly still does so many, cancer claimed my wife
Brigitte too. I was numb with grief.
My daughter had the good intuition to buy me the 2004
Dog Annual before she left to return to England. I looked at the
pages from time to time, but for many months I felt no energy or drive
to enliven my empty home again.
In early summer I began visiting SPCA shelters, but
did not find what I was looking for, a dog like the mutt “Tuffy”
we owned as a family. At last I realized the futility of my attempt
to reach into the past. I also came to the conclusion that I would
likely have to get a puppy, although in my situation I preferred a
more mature dog.
My fond memories of Bernese Mountain Dogs when growing
up in Switzerland led me to look up a number in the Dog Annual of
a breeder of such dogs who just happened to live in our town. It turned
out to be another bout of nostalgia, the breed was not for me after
The outing did, however, point me in the right direction:
Getting into my car and driving away, I noticed a couple walking
a young, trim and rather long legged dog with floppy ears and a
lovely face in which I seemed to detect something of our old family
dog. I stopped, got out and chatted with owners. Their dog was a young
English field setter, a “Llewellyn” setter they called it, and had
been just recently acquired by them from a breeder in the U.S. The more
I played with the dog, the more it grew on me. My search through the
internet turned up a number of breeders of English field setters in the
Dakotas, but after talking to some of them, I had a change of heart.
Back to the “Dog Annual” to recheck for Canadian breeders:
No English field setters, but the Irish Red & White pictures
by Aislingcudo looked in size what I had in mind, so I e-mailed them
to inquire about their setters. Pat Ua Siaghail answered right away and
also let me know that, no they do not have any puppies now, but would I
settle for a two-year old female looking for a new home and presently
at her sister’s in Edmonton? She definitely got me interested now.
Events got into high gear from then on, more correspondence,
telephone calls & paper work and finally in July 04, my son
and I drove up from Vancouver to Edmonton to meet Theresa and Paul
to pick up Katie.
Bonding, at least from my side was as instantaneous
as crazy-glue. I think it happened with Katie a few hours later
when we camped in the Rocky Mountains and she looked in our tent
to us for safety and assurance during one of the worst thunderstorms
I had ever experienced in the mountains.
That Katie was brought into my life I consider a blessing
and a gift for me and I understand that Pat and her sister are
equally pleased that I just happened to contact them when they were
looking to re-home Katie. Although she is “only a dog” as some people
would say, she has brought life and companionship into my home again
and her joyful exuberance is infectious.
I am now more willing to accept that life is like a
river whose current carries us relentlessly to the sea, only occasionally
interrupted by pleasant drifts in back eddies. The river will never
be the same as it was once further upstream and there is no way to
return to those shores other than by memory. My dog Katie has now
joined me on my raft and her presence has already made the journey
onward more rewarding and enjoyable again.
As I write this, I have a very active 4 month old Irish
Red and White Setter puppy racing around my desk. Her name
is Aislingcudo Mairnéalaigh Dea (Dea). She is the third
generation of a collaboration between Aislingcudo Irish Red and White
Setters and Mairnéalaigh Irish Red and White setters.
About 10 years ago, I was researching various sporting
breeds, trying to find one that would fit with the Newfoundland and
the rescue dog we already had, when I met an IRWS. This dog
was the smartest and most beautiful dog I’d ever met, and I knew immediately
that this was the breed I had been looking for. This IRWS was an Aislingcudo
dog, and through him I met Pat Ua Siaghail. After what seemed
like forever, in 2003 we got the cutest puppy, named Treasa.
CH Aislingcudo Is Treasa Fionnrua RN (Treasa) became
Mairnéalaigh’s foundation. Treasa is a conformation
champion and obedience title holder. Naturally, you can’t have
just one IRWS, so our family grew with the addition of Aislingcudo
Is Erin Go Braugh (Quinn). Then along came Treasa’s puppies, CH
Aislingcudo Mairnéalaigh Dis (Duffy) and CH Aislingcudo Mairnéalaigh
Una (Orla). Duffy and Orla are both Canadian and American conformation
champions. Both are learning Rally, Obedience, and the finer points of
hunting. Now we have Dea, one of Orla’s puppies. She too will
do lots of activities as she matures.
Through the years, Pat Ua Siaghail has been a constant
source of information, support, and help for me. I am proud
to say that she is my mentor and my friend.
Mairnéalaigh Irish Red & White Setters
For the love of Tucker
I was introduced to Patricia
Ua Siaghail of Aislingcudo under very odd circumstances. I did
not obtain one of Pat’s puppies - I sought her expertise in the field
of Irish Red and Whites for my dog Tucker (Tuckmans Forrest Gump CD
RE CGC - Therapy Dog).
Under the suggestion of the American Kennel Club, I
required confirmation from a reputable IRWS breeder that my 6 month
old rescue dog was an Irish Red and White Setter. Pat’s confirmation
on December 13, 2006 (via a number of photographs that I sent her)
was all that AKC needed in order to register my dog for Obedience and
Rally competition under their ILP registration (Indefinite Listing
Since that day in December, I looked to Pat for advice,
ranging from general information on the IRWS (I was a novice to
this breed) to basic grooming tips and health related issues. If I
had a question, she responded rather quickly. She even made a point
to meet my boy twice at the IRWS Nationals in 2009 and 2010.
Unfortunately, an untimely death of my boy at age 6
came too soon. Again, Pat was there to comfort me and provide me
words of wisdom.
I value her knowledge of this breed and it’s standards
as well as the support and encouragement she gave to me over the years.
I am looking forward to trying my hand once again in the obedience
ring with an Aislingcudo IRWS puppy.
Rescue from Plainfield Animal Shelter
in Plainfield Illinois
AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification 2006
Therapy Dog International Inc Certification 2007
AKC Companion Dog Title 2007
AKC Rally Novice Title 2007
AKC Rally Advanced Title 2007
AKC Rally Excellence Title 2009
Confirmed as a cancer identifier dog (3 hits) while
performing therapy dog work at a local participating hospital in
First competitive dog in the ring first Irish Red and
White Setter National Show in 2009
First Ranking for Rally Obedience by AKC Irish Red and
White Setter Parent Club 2010
Earned first leg towards AKC Rally Advanced Excellent
title with double first place finishes at IRWS Nationals in 2010.
Earned first leg toward AKC Graduate Novice title December
2010 in addition to competing in AKC Open A (3 non-qualifying scores).
In the year 2002 I picked up a
book that had just been published called The Essence of Setters
by Marsha Hall Brown. I had owned an Irish Red Setter off and
on my entire life. I was of course, also familiar with the Gordon
Setter and the English Setter, but this was the first time I had heard
of the Irish Red and White Setter.
I was immediately attracted to this breed after reading
Ms. Brown’s accounting of the dog. The problem was that I compete
in obedience (both formal and rally) and some agility and at the
time the AKC did not recognize the red and white setter which would
not allow me to compete in these venues.
When the AKC did recognize the breed I went to the first
Irish Red and White Setter national to see these beautiful
dogs compete in both obedience and the breed ring. As I was
watching the breed ring a gentleman brought a chair up next to
me and sat down. It was obvious to me that he was
very familiar with many of the red and whites in the ring and I began
to ask him questions which included “how hard is it to find
a good red and white puppy?”.
It turned out that this gentleman was Dr. Albrecht Ua
Siaghail. Albrecht was kind enough to not only answer my questions
but introduce me to his wife Pat. Her dogs were beautiful inside
and out and I really liked the relationships she had with her puppy owners.
As busy as she was she took time to talk to me and give me her contact
Since then Pat has spent hours and hours of her
valuable time answering questions and then finally helping me to find
my first red and white puppy ending my 9 year quest to have
a red and white in my home.
When a breeding of her bitches in her home did not work
out Pat went to bat for me with another breeder who had a litter of
her lines and secured a puppy for me from that litter.
In addition to obedience and agility I also do therapy
dog work in a local hospital working with stroke and head/brain
injury patients. From what I have seen of this puppy he will
be a wonderful therapy dog.
He is only 4 months old at this writing but is very
sweet, outgoing, smart, and inquisitive. I could not have ordered
a more perfect puppy. I am very excited about the potential
of this puppy and am indebted to Pat for finding him for me.
As I have gotten to know Pat over the last two years
I can honestly say that I have met few breeders with Pat’s integrity
and ethics. She is extremely knowledgeable about the breed and
has the breed’s best interest at heart. I have come to trust
her completely not only as a breeder, but as a friend and look forward
to many years of friendship and dogs with Pat.
- R.J.L. Minnesota
Rosie - Aislingcudo Is Rosin Na Laoi-
came home with me to New Jersey in March 2001. I had been looking
at the breed for several years and had my heart set on owning one some
day. Pat and Albrecht entrusted her to me and our friend grew over the
years. Pat has been very supportive and my mentor, for which I am ever
Rosie and I went back up to Canada to show and she became
the first American Irish Red and White Setter to become a CKC Champion.
I also finished my two Gordon Setters, who were both AKC Champions.
Rosie could spot Grandpop Albrecht sitting up in the stands.
Rosie became the first IRWS to achieve an ARBA - American
Rare Breed Assoc. - Master Champion.
Rosie most enjoyed going to AKC Hunt Tests. She was
a natural bird finder. Quick to learn and could hold a steady point,
she finished her JH in style. Pat was always happy to hear of our
Rosie is a great ambassidor of the breed - walking for
years in the annual St. Patricks Day parade in Somerville NJ.
Rosie's greatest achievement were her two litters of
puppies. We met many new people who have become lifelong friends.
I can always count on Pat to answer any questions and
Pat and Albrecht have always been willing to share their
knowledge, history and stories of the Irish Red and White Setter.
I was able to meet and talk to many IRWS breeders through the Ua Siaghails.
Pat is one of the most dedicated breeders I have had the honor to know.
I thank her for her years of support and friendship.
Rosie was a dream come true.
A Dog for All Seasons
A year after my husband and I moved to a rural setting
in southern Maine, we had to euthanize our beloved 14-year-old English
cocker. Losing him was so difficult that it was over a year before
I even contemplated getting another dog.
I was semi-retired and wanted to choose a breed that
would fit my new lifestyle—a medium-size dog, non-aggressive, not
too energetic, trainable without too much hassle, companionable
but not clingy, and with an easy-to-groom coat. I loved setters and
the English cocker breeds with their soft eyes, silky hair, and drooping
ears, but Chase had needed a lot of grooming to tame the thick “feathers”
on his belly and legs, and our new property was next to a wet woodland
and surrounded by weeds and burrs. Every run in the woods turned into
a combing, clipping nightmare. So, I was paging through one of several
books on dog breeds when all of a sudden, there was my perfect dog—a
breed I had never heard of before, the Irish Red and White Setter.
I spent some time on the Internet, reading about the
red and whites and looking for breeders. When I reached Pat and Albrecht’s
site, I instantly fell in love with their stud, Bran, and began exchanging
emails with Pat. As it turned out, no litters by Bran were available,
but Pat was expecting puppies from her new young stud, Lonan, and
promised to determine if one was suited to our household.
So it came to pass that in December of 1999, I flew to
Ontario and the next day returned with a Sherpa pet carrier on
my lap, containing a tiny red and white puppy. She had decided the
best way to deal with the new experience was to curl up and go to
sleep. Never made a peep during the entire flight. Every now and
then I’d unzip the bag to pet her and tell her how good she was, but
she remained in her Zen state. (And to this day, Cailen, as we named
her, is a joy to travel with; lies down on her blanket on the back seat
and snoozes until I park the car.)
Pat had warned me that young red and whites were energetic,
and she was so right. While Cailen had her baby teeth, she wanted
to explore and test everything by chewing on it: the cat, her toys,
the furniture, the logs by the fireplace, the bricks in the hearth,
Although quick to toilet train, she decided her poop
was good to eat. I’d never had a dog that mouthed so much and wrote
to Pat for advice. “She’s just a baby,” she wrote back. “Wait until
her adult teeth come in.” And that’s just what happened. One week the
chewing stopped just as if a switch had been thrown, and in all her twelve
years, Cailen has never chewed on anything other than her treats and
her bones again.
She was still very active, however, and to socialize
her and give myself a break, I put her in doggy daycare three times
a week. So wonderful to have her return home at the end of the day
and fall asleep after supper and a half hour of playtime. By five months,
daycare was down to twice a week, and by three years it was over. I was
told she was a delight to deal with and was often put in charge of disciplining
new puppies because she never got rough—just a hard stare and sharp back
to order them to mind their behavior.
As an adult, Cailen became just the right dog for us.
She’s enthusiastic about a run by the ocean or through the woods,
but is also perfectly happy to lounge around when we’re occupied
at home. At first we let her run in a fenced area of the backyard, but
as she matured she learned the boundaries of our property and now
stays within them, even when chasing a deer from our field! She never
wanders off. (I understand this is NOT typical of most setters.)
Her attachment to us may be partly because she was the
smallest of her litter and received special attention from Pat and
Albrecht. Whatever reason, she likes to keep us close by and even
when on a hike or run, always stays within eyesight. We do, however,
have to think of her safety whenever we let her off-leash, because she
likes to run and pays little attention to cars on the road.
Cailen has done her best to become a useful member of
our pack. Her eyes sparkle with intelligence. She’s quick to watch
our faces for cues, quick to learn commands, and seeks to please.
Since Barry and I obviously don’t hear or smell very well, she has
taken on the job of guard dog and barks (never bites or growls) to alert
us to human or animal intruders. She gets along well with other dogs and
all people. She can tell time and noses me gently if I’m late getting
her dinner. Treat time is 7 pm, and if we’re slow, Cailen first tries
staring at us, then pulls out her throw (on which we toss the treat), hoping
we’ll take the hint. She anticipates our actions by the routine we keep
and even the clothes we wear.
She may not be able to speak, but she sure tries to communicate.
We love our girl dearly and make every effort to be as gentle and
loving to her as she has always been to us.
Jamie - first
Red & White Setter to earn the IRWSA Trinity Award
We were just looking for a dog to do agility with. We
thought an Irish Red and White Setter would be the perfect addition
to our canine family, which consisted of our Irish Setter Teagan.
We were taken aback when Pat offered us the pick male of Pingin and Lonan’s
last litter, with the condition that we show the dog in conformation, to
earn his Canadian and eventual AKC championships. Having never set
foot in a show ring, we agreed, with trepidation, and so the adventure
began. Pat assured us that it would be fun, that we would enjoy it,
and that she would help teach us what we needed to know. It was not
always fun, but she stuck with her part of the bargain, mentoring me, encouraging
me, laughing with, and sometimes at, me, and never doubting that Jamie
had what it took to succeed. The road to those two championships
took us from coast to coast in the U.S. and across the border, and was paved
with many new friendships and experiences and stories to tell.
Jamie took us places we had never imagined, including the Eukanuba Championships.
He put his paws in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as several
Great Lakes. And along the way, he also helped pave the way for
the IRWS in agility, rally obedience, hunt tests, and obedience as he
earned titles in each, showing those watching the beauty and versatility
of the red and white setter.
The relationship we built with Pat along the way went far
beyond what would be expected of a responsible breeder looking out
for her puppy. The mutual respect we had from the beginning grew
into a good friendship. She has always been ready with an answer
to a question, an encouraging word when I grew frustrated, a laugh,
or words of advice. Many times Pat and I had differing opinions
on aspects of Jamie’s feeding, health care, or training strategies.
And Pat will always let you know what she thinks! Protecting
and advocating for her breed and her dogs is always foremost in her priorities.
But many times she also stepped back and told me to do what I thought was
best. In addition, as she observed Jamie and me, I saw her own training
strategies evolve. The person who felt that obedience training was
at odds with successful showing in conformation was now taking her dogs
to not only obedience, but agility classes, and proudly showing me her 4
month old puppy’s “sit”!
If you decide to get an Aislingcudo dog, you can rest assured
that you will get a dog with excellent structure, temperament, and
health. But know that you will also be getting two people along
with your dog. You will get Albrecht, whose lilting Irish voice
will regale you with tales of the history of the red and white setter
from his vast knowledge of the breed’s history. He will spoil
your dog terribly, if you let him! (I remember one dinner at Pat and Albrecht’s
house, where my well-trained obedience dog ended up in his lap at the
dinner table!) And you will get Pat, who will follow up on her
pup, and will be available to you for his lifetime, for any mentoring,
support, or information you might need, or, if you are as fortunate as
we have been, as a lifelong friend.