Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Meet Ailagh!

Introducing the newest addition to our English Shepherd pack… Highland Glenn’s Blackrock Ailagh!

Ailagh is a stunningly beautiful Black & Tan with minor white who came to us by way of her owner/breeder whose life circumstances changed dramatically. She needed to find a home for Ailagh in which she could blossom contentedly. Interestingly enough, we had hoped to get a female from Ailagh’s litter (knowing the cross with Liam’s lines would be a good one) but decided to keep one of our puppies. Isn’t it funny how things happen? 

We are simply tickled pink to have her! Ailagh (pronounced AY-la) and Fahey met last fall, hitting if off right away. Well they are the best of mates now! Ailagh is Naturally Reared like our dogs so will expand our line of Naturally Reared English Shepherds.

Let me tell you the story about her name, and there is a story! She came to us named “Aella”, which is Greek and means “whirlwind”. We thought it important for her to keep her name, but you all know how we love Scottish/Irish Gaelic names. We wanted her to have one too, while somehow staying true to her original name. It just so happens the way her Greek name is pronounced could be given a Gaelic spelling without changing the pronunciation. Much like parents who make up names for their children, we made up a Gaelic name for her! This also means there isn’t an actual meaning to the name “Ailagh”, so we’ll attach the meaning of her Greek name to it- whirlwind. And she has taken us by storm! 
It is said that it takes four generations of Naturally Reared dogs to wipe the DNA-slate as it were clean of damage. With the addition of Ailagh we are well on our way!

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