|About Mt Carmel Irish
BEFORE MT CARMEL
Our love for wolfhounds started with our first wolfhound Koa (Hawaiian for Warrior).
Koa of Austin - We had just moved to Arkansas after our tour in Hawaii. Perry insisted on giving our first Irish
Wolfhound a Hawaiian name. Koa... it just so happens to be the initials of a popular camping franchise, KOA
Kampgrounds Of America. We spared Koa the embarrassment and assured him he was our warrior to the end.
Koa became part of our family in October of 1988 at the age of 14 weeks. We quickly learned that finding any reliable
information on wolfhounds was almost impossible to come by. Most books where generic only touching the surface
of what we now know. Most of our first problems with Koa was the lack of interest in food. At times it was so bad I
(Teresa) would find my self on my knees forcing food down his mouth and crying. Eventually we found a veterinarian
that put our worries aside. Having had a lot of experience in large breeds, he told us that this was not uncommon for
this breed and was able to work with us, and got Koa on a good diet. Koa never got heavier than 135lbs. He was
always a very picky eater but around 3 years of age Koa put on that weight and kept it on. In September of 1998, Koa
was humanely put to sleep when he torsion ed and bloated at just over 10 years of age. Koa was our teacher in all
things that is Irish Wolfhounds....A gentle, kind and wise Irish-man Koa was our Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow.
Katherine Peel of Austin - Our second wolfhound was Katie, she joined our family when she was 6 months of age in
September 1989. She was a very timid puppy.... frightened of everything. The first few months was hard on all. She
had only known her previous family and at 6 months she was going through a very shy period in her life. Unlike Koa,
Katie had not been socialized, a ride in the car was terrifying to her. Good behaviour was reinforced with positive
rewards and with gentle but firm training Katie blossomed. Katie was never again afraid of strangers around the time
she was 1 year old. She was such a positive out going personality that it was hard for anyone that knew her to believe
she was anything else. Katie was very special to us...beyond words. In March of 2000, Katie was humanely relieved
of her pain, when the battle to defeat cancer was no longer possible. She was just over 11 years of age when we had
to say good-bye on one of the most tear full days of our lives. It had been raining all day and stop raining when Katie
join our beloved Koa at Rainbow bridge. Katie was our first heart hound.
Cove Creek's Clancy Allen - Clancy joined us in April 1996 at 11 weeks of age. After having been informally
interviewed by his breeder. Which required a visited with his breeder 2 times; driving 130 + miles one way before we
were approved and before Clancy was even born. This was a great opportunity to get to know Clancy's breeder and
learn more about her and her hounds (Patricia Falvey-Looper). Today if you are thinking about getting a puppy be
prepared. Most reputable breeders will insist on doing an interview and contracts with prospective buyers. They're
first concern is for the well fare of that puppy and where it will be living the rest of it's life. For the first time when we
had questions or just wanted to share something special with his breeder we felt comfortable about picking up the
phone to call Pat. Clancy has a typical Irish wolfhound temperament. Clancy however was our first chow hound.
Devouring anything you put in his bowl. Soon we had an overweight hound with the help of his breeder and an
appropriate diet we have been successful at maintaining his correct weight. Almost 5 months after celebrating
Clancy's 10th Birthday, with great sorrow and much heartbreak we had to let our beloved Clancy go July 24,2006. He
was the changing force behind our lives and wolfhounds. His presence was undoubtedly larger than life. Run like
the wind our Sweet Clancy until we meet again we will send our love on the wings of butterflies. Clancy's Pedigree
|What we have learned from Koa, Katie and
Clancy Continually learn from our wolfhounds past, present and future.
1. Be prepared. Prepare yourself with knowledge of the breed. Read everything you can find. Meet with people that have wolfhounds. Ask them what they would have
done differently the first time. Don't be worried if your questions sound stupid. There are no stupid questions! Look for a veterinarian knowledgeable of large breed dogs
preferably some working knowledge of Irish Wolfhounds. Your veterinarian will become the most valuable asset in your hounds health, choose wisely.
2. Breeders. Finding a reputable breeder. Check with your local kennel club, check with the Irish Wolfhound Club of America ask those who have wolfhounds about their
dogs breeder. Breeders should be available 7-24 to people have acquired a hound from them. They should do interviews and take references. They should be showing or
have shown in conformation some of their hounds. You need to visit their home or kennels and see both parents if possible. Ask about health problems and longevity. Be
prepared to wait over a year for a puppy.
3. Training. Training like most dogs, training needs to be consistent. With wolfhounds training should refrain from hitting or scolding. We have found over the years that a
lot of very positive, but firm training is more motivating to this breed. They are not quick to respond like a german shepard or golden retriever. They will give you many
chuckles as they slowly maneuver their body into a sit. They will give you the saddest hound eyes when put into a down stay. They will do all basic commands but not with the
polished, energetic enthusiasm of a boxer. Just remember to be consistent and patient. Give lots of kisses and hugs their main goal is to please you. Training is a must
with these huge animals, with out basic training you could find yourself with a HUGE dog out of control.
4. Socializing. Very important. This is a very necessary part of your hounds mental development. You must have the means and be willing to carry your hound to pet
stores, doggy day care, obedience classes, to the dog park, or to the flea market. Where ever there may be people, noises and smells. Once your puppy is old enough they
will benefit from socializing. A well socialized dog is just like having a trained dog. You will get plenty of compliments on not only on how well they behave but how calm your
hound is. Warning: Just as in training it is done in a positive manner. Don't use excessive force or make them go somewhere they are not ready to go.
5. Diet. Another important factor in a well balanced hound. Their diet also needs to be suitable for their fast growing puppy months. Puppy foods can be damaging to the
growth of their bones if the level of protein and fat is too much . Remember slow and steady this breed is already a large breed and your puppy will be large soon enough no
need to rush it. Some of these great hounds get very picky about their food. Once you have ruled out any physical reasons or illness. You will be looking for advice. First off
always ask your puppy's breeder for their advise. Some lines as with our Koa tend to be lean hounds throughout their puppy years into adult hood. Around 3 years of age
their metabolism slows down and they will actually put on weight. Most cases do not result in a great deal of weight gain just enough. Again always referrer to your puppy's
breeder about their diet. On the other hand you do not want an obese hound. This is the largest of the galloping hounds. Too much weight on a puppy's growing bones and
joints can have long term damaging effects. This breed was never intended to compete with mastiffs and St Bernard's in weight. Moderation should be practiced in every
aspect of your puppy's growing months and years, to include exercise.
6. Health Breeders should be forth-coming of all health issues. No one can claim or guarantee that their lines are free of life threating disease such as heart and cancer.
Some lines do have a tendency to have more problems than others. Breeders should know what health problems are from researching and first hand knowledge. Read
about the different health problems associated with wolfhounds and ask the breeder what their main health issues are. Healthier dogs live happier and longer. In the future
we would like to see a mandatory requirement to have all breeding stock as a minimum certified through OFA for Heart, Eyes, Elbows, Hips, and all puppies should be tested
for liver shunt before being placed.