December 2, 2023

Ciao Bella! Kilkenny’s top dog is crowned Puppy of the Year

A BEAUTIFUL – and very well behaved – puppy called Bella is Kilkenny’s top dog!

Samoyed Bella was confirmed as Kilkenny’s winning puppy at Petmania’s Grand Final Puppy of the Year event in Limerick.

Bella, who lives in Thomastown with her proud owner Helen Shanahan (pictured above) is described as being “very calm and well-behaved” who loves being around people and other dogs.

When Bella is one year old she will begin training to be a therapy dog. At the moment she visits a nursing home and is loved by the residents for her calming effect. Bella is also a lover of walks and Frankfurt sausages.

After two months of public voting and over 66,000 votes, 12 puppy finalists who hailed from all over Ireland gathered for the Grand Final.

Petmania Marketing Manager Emily Miller said: “We are delighted to crown Bella as this year’s Kilkenny Puppy of the Year, a deserving winner oozing with cuteness. This is our fifth year running the Puppy of the Year competition, entries and votes are growing hugely year on year. A massive thank you to everyone who got involved.”

Petmania continue to encourage people who are considering bringing a new four-legged friend into their life to think adoption or fostering.

The specialist pet retailer has a number of adoption centre partners across the country. They also provide free Puppy Parent Classes to new puppy owners.

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