Adopted dog Donnie a big hit with pub locals

by Sylvia Pownall
Donnie the pint sized shitzu

Adopted doggie Donnie has punters at Keelings pub in Donabate eating out of his hand – or is that the other way around?

The adorable Shitzu was taken in by bar manager Stephen Kelly last week and he’s already become part of the furniture.

The handsome pooch was even spied in the beer tent at Flavours of Fingal at the weekend for what his new owner described as his “first day on the job”.

Stephen told Dublin Gazette: “He was spotted wandering around the village last week and got hit by a car. He had no collar and hadn’t been chipped.”

Staff at Paddy Powers took the dog in for safekeeping and once Stephen realised he was looking for a home, he was smitten.

He said: “Clare who works for me has two dogs and a young son so she took him home overnight to see what his temperament was like.

“He was fine so I took him home the next day to my five kids. They were delighted and named him Donnie because he was found in Donabate.”

Pet Stop in Airside spruced the dog up after reading about him on Facebook and Stephen got him checked over at the vet, where he got a clean bill of health.

He said: “He’s gorgeous. He’s been in the pub with me most mornings and not a bother on him. The customers love him. Every pub needs a good mascot.”

But can he pull a pint yet? “No, not quite,” says Stephen. “He seems to be well trained and fully house trained, but not quite to that level.”

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