Testimonials

Here are a few testimonials our wonderful new families have been kind enough to allow us to post to our website. We are very proud of all our pups and are simply delighted with all their amazing new homes.

 

“Kalkinny Kennels has exceeded my expectations in a number of regards. Not only do I consider Louise a friend, I consider her off to a great start in attaining her dream of Responsibly breeding Quality Irish Wolfhounds. I have the privilege of having Selkirk from her first litter. At 18 months of age, he is a lovely creature in structure without any health issues to date. While he still has a way to go before he has reached physical maturity his personality & temperament are flawless.

It was obvious as a young pup, he adored people & simply couldn't get enough of them. Since those first encounters with the public he has grown significantly & now graciously waits for people to come to him. He has been out in public since he was 6 months of age as a K9 Ambassador and he relishes each opportunity to do so. His latest outing was at a semi-formal fund-raising ball in February 2013 where he had the opportunity to schmooze & be part of the local onsite news broadcast. He handles every new experience with joy & complete enthusiasm. At home, he is a gentle loving soul with a sprite-like personality who is nothing short of a joy to be with.

While I am experienced owner, Louise has been fabulous to deal with for everything from nutrition to health care & basic training.

Sincerely,

Lori Coulter

From Selkirk’s (aka Stephen - Litter 2011) new Mom, my wonderful friend & co-owner Lori Coulter (Windsor, Ontario):

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"We were new to the WolfHound world. Louise and Kalkinny Kennels made sure we were fully informed of all aspects IWH ownership. We were even able to keep this is a big surprise for our family. Its been crazy (in a good way) at times but all consistent with the details that Louise had provided and the idea of having such an awesome dog. Seamus is a "huge" part of our family. We couldn't imagine a day without him. Louise has kept in touch and offers advise and guidance and has been available for consultation throughout. This has been one of the best experiences we've had as a family. "

From Seamus’ (aka Damon - Litter 2011) new family; Robin, Michael & family (Simcoe, Ontario):

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Louise,

I just wanted to again thank you for giving our family the opportunity to take home one of your beautiful Wolfhound puppies into our home and hearts. We absolutely love Zeus a.k.a "Andy" He has made our home whole. You are a wonderful breeder and I know you only want the best for your babies, and that's what he will have! As you said "once you have a wolfhound in your life you'll never be without one"

Again many thanks!

Nick, Jen & Alex ”

From Zeus’ (aka Andy - Litter 2013) new family; Nick, Jen & Alex (Guelph, Ontario):

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Its been a week now since we brought our new puppy home (Mattie) and she fits right into her new home environment; no doubt to her first two months upbringing with Louise. Mattie is a credit to her breed as well as her breeder.” Sydney March 31’13

“Hello wolfhound families, I am sure we have the best of the bunch!  She is such a sweetie and so smart! Am I sounding like a proud mom?! I think on the third day; it was from one wonderful discovery to another.  She has a very good appetite, she sleeps all night and most important; we love love love her.  All the best to all of the rest of her siblings, we are sure they are just as wonderful. Thank you.   Luv Helen March 31’13.

From Mattie’s (aka Piper - Litter 2013) new Mom & Dad; Sydney & Helen (Athens Ontario):

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To all Irish Wolfhound lovers.

I am writing this letter as a testament to Louise Laird and the incredible job she does raising Irish Wolfhounds.

When first started looking for a new wolfhound we were introduced to Louise through the internet and our relationship has grown from there.

Louise welcomed us into her home and made sure we were part of the entire process, part of that included a home visit to ensure we were capable of handling the breed and had an appropriate amount of space, little did she know we were doing the same when we visited her home, my partner has over 20 yrs experience working in the animal care field and we were amazed at how well she looked after her hounds.

We now have a happy, healthy, growing, 10 week old hound that brings us great joy and happiness.

I would have no problem recommending Louise as a breeder of choice, you wont be disappointed.

Todd, Garnet, and Xander - April 3rd 2013
 

From Xander’s (aka Leo - Litter 2013) new parents; Todd & Garnet (Merrickville, Ontario)

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Our Wolfhound purchase involved a 28 year wait so we had plenty of time to research breeders and Irish Wolfhounds. During that time we were primarily involved with breeding, showing and training Labrador Retrievers and I will admit that we're "dog snobs" with high expectations for Rogue. What impressed us with Louise's litter is the pedigree she put together for this breeding. Louise has consistently answered all e-mail queries promptly and has done a wonderful job of raising the pups. We met Louise for the first time in February and by time we picked the pup up in March we felt like friends.

Considering Rogue has only been in our lives for 2 weeks he's already impressing us with his intelligence from toilet training, to basic commands. He treats our granddaughter gently and they've quickly become best friends. The cats in the family are currently holding their opinion of him!

Thank you Louise for this lovely dog.

Rob and Cath Robinson - April 4’13

From Rogue’s (aka Coop - Litter 2013) new Mom & Dad; Cath & Rob Robinson (Coldwater, Ontario):

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We have been communicating with Louise for over 3 years now....it has been such an absolute pleasure to get to know her and receive the benefits of her extensive IW knowledge and wisdom. We love our boy Sinn, and look forward to sharing his life's adventures with Louise!

Helm and Sheila Klein - April 10‘13

From Sinn’s (aka Cole - Litter 2013) new Mom & Dad; Helmut & Sheila Klein (Trent Hills, Ontario):

 

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Everything with Birch so far is great. She is a favourite at work. The residents love her! She's a wimp in the rain. And with consistency she is learning very quickly. Very easy to train. We have been introducing her to the house one room at a time. The first two weeks she was restricted to the kitchen where her kennel is (which is her favourite napping place). She know can be left in there unattended and nothing ends up destroyed. She now goes into the living room, den, and dining room while supervised. We are very pleased with everything!!

From Birch’s (aka Paige - Litter 2013) new Mom; Amanda Oake (Corner Brook, Newfoundland):

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We love Finnegan, not only is he the quietist puppy we've ever had but most definitely the fastest growing and largest.

Louise is the most thorough breeder, with stringent guidlines to be met before she allows you to take one of her babies home with you. We really appreciated this as there are too many dogs/puppies damaged, abandoned and in need of being rescued by uneducated owners.

Thank you Louise for allowing us to have Finnegan. He is full of untold riches.

From Finnegan’s (aka Victor - Litter 2013) new parents:  Anne & Jim (Newcastle, Ontario):

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So last night I was sound asleep when around 2am I was awoken by Xander (6.5 months old) making a growl I didn't think he capable of. I came downstairs to hear the turkeys and geese freeking out, it was a full moon and very bright. I put on my boots and Xander (as Brinks wouldn't come outside). As we got outside we could see 6 coyotes walking single file down the road in front of our house and the donkeys running back and forth along the fence. Xander let a very deep growl/bark out never leaving my side and the coyotes scrambled into the corn field on the other side of the street. For the rest of the night Xander and I kept watch on the front porch with him never leaving my side or making a noise, we stayed that way till sunrise and the danger had passed.

From Xander’s (aka Leo - Litter 2013) new parents; Todd & Garnet (Merrickville, Ontario) August 21st ‘13

 

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Zeus (7 mths old) enjoying a car ride.

From Zeus’ (aka Andy - Litter 2013) new Mom; Jennifer (Guelph, Ontario) Sept 5th ‘13

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