Coco does his best for Dublin but just loses out at the Nose of Tralee final

by Sylvia Pownall
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Meet the Malahide pooch chosen to represent Dublin in the canine version of the Rose of Tralee.

Two-year-old Cavachon, Coco, beat more than 1,000 four-pawed contestants to get to the final of the Nose of Tralee, run by Petsitters Ireland.

Proud owner Claire Gubbins told how her beloved mutt was up against professional models and dogs which’d appeared on Ireland’s Got Talent.

And even though he lost out to the Carlow entrant, Mr Bailey, the mum-of-one said that she couldn’t be prouder.

She joked: “He sometimes sits when he’s told and is very good at bringing you the cooker or the fridge when he wants what’s in it.

“He has a lovely, caring nature; he knows when you’re upset and he’s really protective, caring and cuddly.

“He is great with the baby and he just makes you laugh – you can’t be in a bad mood when Coco is around.”

The competition closed on Tuesday and the Carlow winner was announced on Facebook that evening, with Galway coming in second after a huge number of online votes were recorded.

Kate McQuillan, owner of Pet Sitters Ireland, said: “Ireland is a nation of huge animal lovers and we look forward to this time of year to celebrate the special bond that people have with their pets.”

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