In Loving Memory of My Parents
The Irish Wolfhound is the largest (tallest) of dogs. Yet, the giant is truly gentle. He is quiet, calm and dignified. He is alert, easy to control and highly intelligent. He is affectionate and kind with children and other animals.
The Irish Wolfhound puppy will weigh one to two pounds at birth. By 12 weeks, the puppies weigh about 25-40 pounds and 80-100 pounds at six months. He loves being in the house to be close to his human family. At maturity, the males should be a minimum of 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh at least 120 pounds. The females can be 2 inches shorter and 15 pounds lighter than the males.
Although short lived, this breed matures rather slowly. It will take 18-24 months for a pup to mature. Unfortunately, many Irish Wolfhounds don't live past the age of 7. With careful breeding and a good diet, however, the Irish Wolfhound may live to be 10-12 years old. Since they naturally grow so fast, a lower protein diet should be followed. Use of a high protein "puppy" food can result in an unwanted acceleration of bone growth.
I was born February 14, 2000 in Pilot Point, Texas. My real name is Tenderland Patrick Sean O'Daugherty O'Boyle but my friends call me Paddy (or as I get bigger Patrick). My father is an American/Canadian Champion named Tenderland's Rebel Rouser "Rebel". He was born February 3, 1995. My mother is a Champion also. Her name is Tenderland's KD Irish Crystal "Crystal" and she was born October 3, 1995.
Tenderland Farms is owned by Donna and Bob Robinson. Tenderland Farms moved from Metamora, Michigan to 2283 County Road 281, Gainesville, Texas 76240 in August of 1999. Donna and Bob are wonderful friends and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 940-612-3570, by fax at 940-440-9415. Additional photos of my parents and grandparents can be viewed at the Tenderland Farms web site http://www.tenderlandfarms.wolfhound.com. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit their site and see my family.
I was one of 8 puppies. I have three sisters and four brothers. At two weeks, we each weighed about three and one half pounds. At one month, I weighed seven and three-quarters pounds. At six weeks, I was over ten pounds. By nine weeks, I weighed over 14 pounds. At ten and one-half weeks, my vet, Jean Beckwith of Preston Forest Animal Clinic in Dallas, said I weighed 19 pounds. At sixteen weeks, the vet in Las Vegas said I weighed 38 pounds. At 4 months, I weighed 46 pounds and stood 23 inches tall at the shoulder. On July 14, 2000, I was 5 months old and I weighed 69.5 pounds and stood 25 1/2 inches tall. On August 14, 2000, I celebrated my 6 month birthday. I weighed 87 pounds and stood 29 inches tall. When I was 7 months old, I weighed 96.5 pounds. I was already getting tired of people asking "do you have a saddle for him?" At 8 months, I was 30 inches tall and weighed 104 pounds. Three days later, I broke a bone in my left front foot. At nine months, I was 31 inches tall and weighed 108 pounds. At ten and one-half months, I was 31.5 inches tall and weighed 113.5 pounds. At 11 months, I was 32 inches tall and weighed 116 pounds.
February 14, 2001, I was one year old. I was 32.5 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds. At 13 months, I weighed 123 pounds. At 17 months, I had grown to 33 inches tall. At 18 months, I stood 33.5 inches at the shoulder and my hair was getting more course. At almost 21 months old, I weighed 124 pounds. On December 10, 2001, just before I was 22 months old, I got an AVID microchip implanted and I weighed 127 pounds. At 2 years, I weighed 129 pounds. I weighed 132 pounds at 26 months. At 3 years, I weighed 137 pounds. On May 5, 2003, I hit 140 pounds.
December of 2003 was a very bad month. Both my parents, Rebel Rowser and Irish Crystal, died. Rebel was 8 years and 10 months old. Crystal was 8 years and 3 months old. Michael, Georgia and I are very sad and will miss them very much.
On January 2, 2004, I had gained another couple of pounds and weighed 142 pounds. On February 5, 2004, I weighed in at 146. By April 2, 2004 I weighed almost 150 pounds (149.7). In 2005, I settled into a weight of about 145-150 pounds.
In March, 2009, Patrick was diagnosed with bone cancer and was laid to rest April 13, 2009 at 9 years and 2 months of age. Words can never describe what he meant to us and how lucky we were to have shared in his travels. Patrick - thank you for your love and kindness and thanks for the memories. - Michael
Page Updated 04/02/2004