Clarke’s latest puppy love is a tall order

Golfer Darren Clarke knows it can be a bit ‘ruff’ raising two Irish wolfhound pups.

The sports star posted a photo of his eldest son Tyrone, 16, trying to train the family’s cheeky giants.

The adorable pets would clearly dwarf another owner not reaching the teenager’s 6ft plus in height.

“Tyrone trying to get the pups to behave! Good luck with that,” the Major winner told Twitter followers. One amused fan responded: “You’ll need to get a bigger house in five years — stables perhaps!”

The golfer, 46, took delivery of the pair, Cain and Thor, last year following the death of his beloved old wolfhound, Obi. The pets, who are brothers, are just over a year old and are proving quite a handful in the Clarkes’ Portrush, Co Antrim, household.

Clarke’s latest puppy love is a tall order

Darren Clarke's son Tyrone tries to train the dogs.

Irish wolfhounds are the tallest of all dog breeds. They can reach 7ft when standing on their hind legs.

Another famous specimen that made headlines last year was ‘Domhnall of Shantamon’, the official mascot of the Irish Guards army regiment in Britain.

Domhnall was presented with a new ceremonial red coat by President Michael D Higgins during his historic state visit to the UK in April.

Meanwhile, one vet took to the wild over the weekend to raise awareness about dumped dogs.

Olivia Kennedy from Northern Irish rescue dog organisation Lucy’s Trust was taken to an unknown location and abandoned in an effort to find her ‘owner’.

“We aim to try and highlight what it is really like to find yourself totally alone, not knowing where you are, or when you will eat again, or even where you can take refuge if the weather turns bad,” she explained on Facebook.

She filmed her ordeal as she lived as a stray for a day.

“The reason is there are so many dogs that are dumped year-on-year, day-on-day, week-on-week, across the UK and Ireland, and across the world and nobody really thinks about what goes on in their wee heads,” she said.

“What do they experience when they realise, my owner’s gone and I’m here? There are no reasons to dump a dog. If we can make one person think twice before taking that lead off and driving away, then we’ve done our job.”


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