Pet Sitters Ireland Nose of Tralee 2022 (Finalists)


A big Congratulations to those who have made it through to the final 32 of the Nose of Tralee.

Listed below is a representative for each of the counties in Ireland – who will now go on to compete for the title of Nose of Tralee 2022.

What To Do If You Have Made The Final 32 Noses

  1. Email with your name, address and the name of your pet. Or fill out a contact form with the information.
  2. We will be posting out your finalists sash for your pet over the next few days and we will also be inviting you to join our Noses Facebook Group where you can meet all the previous years Noses.
  3. Once you receive the sash you need to take another photo and re enter your pet in the finals. We will provide the link via email to do this.

When Will The Winner Of the Nose Of Tralee 2022 Announced?

  • Voting starts again on the 3rd August.
  • The winner will be announced on the 23rd August after a public vote.

Pet Sitters Ireland Nose of Tralee 2022 (32 Finalists)



Dexter Dawg is one in a million. You might hear of boys like him being referred to as designer dogs but Dexter has overcame the prejudice he has been exposed to buy flashing a winning smile and a warm welcome to all he meets. Not everyone appreciates the full on wagging tail slobber experience but he feels everyone should be included! However, Dexter is not the usual Cockapoo type; as rather than being hyper and anxious he is more likely to be found curled up snoozing on the sofa with his brothers Beau and Ted The Lhasa apsos. Daddy is Dexters favourite and hes often heard to say that he only likes Mum a wee bit when Dad is not there because otherwise she never gets a look in (unless a treat from the fridge is involved ). With his curly mop and pearly whites Dexter would make a worthy competition winner with my only reservation being that the other contestants may feel entering is pointless having caught sight of his long lustrous eyelashes!  Dexter deserves to be your winner because he would represent the most beautiful of all the doggos but also represent a section of the canine community who are often persecuted by the pure breed hooligans who look down their noses at our cross bred mongrels. How very dare they! So here he is, representing all the doggos Who have faced adversity



Hi, my name is Penny. I am a 2 year old rescue from the guys at dogs trust. My pawents dont really know what breed I am so we just say a dolly mixture. My mum was abandoned when she was pregnant with me and my siblings but these great guys rescued me at 8 weeks old and now we have the best times. Weekly (yes weekly) mum will chauffeur me and my big sister Rosie to the doggie parks, beaches, restaurants and festivals. They even brought us on some staycations over the covidâ. I never EVER stop every smell must be sniffed, every crumb must be nibbled and every comfy area of the house tested out by me! We really do have the best fun together, I am my Pawents best friend and I wouldnt have it any other way. If I won nose of tralee please for the love of god dont let her out bows on me like she always does  please please please. Thank you for considering my entry, it would be a great year for Armagh to win ˜nose of Tralee and maybe even Sam Maguire ;). Lots of love Penny M (also goes by Pen Wen, P and Penelope)

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Glen is living his best life, loves his woods adventures, agility classes and teaching all the puppies he is the boss dog. Wherever he goes he makes an impression and who wouldnt with that beard and handsome face. Despite his grumpy old man face he is happy, smiley boy who loves to fall upside down for belly rubs. Stretching out of the couch and making the perfect foot warmer. If you have a ball he will be your best friend bunny hopping up and down the garden and coming back with delight for you to keep throwing. Glen makes friends easily and would be the perfect escort to the Roses imagine his beautiful face with a bow tie. Doggie perfection





















Our local post woman often stops by our house just to say hi to Buci (pronounced Boochie) because he’s so handsome. Everyone comments on his beautiful fur coat and his pea-green eyes. He’s not only beautiful, he’s also assisted his two cats moms through depression, and is a huge source of comfort to everyone who gets to meet him and cuddle him. When his baby brother was sick (injured paw), he cuddled him for days to make him feel better. He’s the loveliest, most empathetic cat you can ever know. The biggest cat critic in the world would not be able to criticise his species once knowing Buci. Also, in case you’re wondering, his name is Lithuanian, because his mom is Lithuanian! So he’s also multicultural!



Casper is a Golden Retriever rescue dog who loves everyone he meets. He’s an ambassador dog for the Irish Guide Dogs so he has spent many a weekend with a collection box outside his local shop! Casper loves the simple things in life – food, a ball and hugs!


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Darcy would make a great nose of Tralee because she loves to use her nose to find hidden objects. She runs around smelling and wagging her tail the whole time while she is searching and is so happy bringing it back to me when she finds it. Darcy also loves to play ball, burst bubbles and go for walks on the beach and the city centre meeting new people. Darcy also loves to watch cartoons on TV and play with her doggie friends.



Conan is our wee blonde bombshell. A one year old labradoodle who is honestly just a joy. He hasnt met a human or animal that hasnt become his best pal – well except maybe that cat who slapped him. Conan is honestly so smart and uses cuddles and his cute face to manipulate all his humans into fulfilling all his wishes. Look at those eyes and tell me you dont want to give him scritches and treats. His favorite part of the day is waking up in the morning and jumping on mammy and giving her a big kiss to waken her up. Whenever anyone comes into the house he is the first to welcome them with a big kiss. Dont get me wrong, Conan has his bold moments; theres an old sofa that can be presented as evidence alongside Mammy and Daddys good trainers but we wouldnt change him for the world. Even when he decides hes not leaving the park to go home or when he destroys another pair of shoes, one big cuddle from him at the end of a long day makes it all better. Conan came into my life just after my father died quite suddenly and without him I would not have coped. He gave me a purpose every morning and his unconditional love helped me through the darkest days. I just think everyone should have a Conan.



Bailey would make a great nose of Tralee because he is extremely cute and caring and has the best nose (and ears ) in Ireland. He puts his nose to great use everyday ensuring that the dinner we are cooking is adequate and will confirm this with a taste test. He will smell our intruders in the garden and especially spiders in the house (to my joy) . His nose comes in useful sometimes as he can fit it inside a tub of ice cream and he uses it to borrow his way under the duvet of a made bed!



Hi judges my name is Cooper. Cooper loves sitting for photos and is a quiet but beatiful boy. Cooper is very shy and Neil Powell the famous Search & Rescue Dog Trainer visits Coops to bring this beautiful boy out of his wee shell. Coops is getting so much better with socialisation and now enjoys walkies and meeting new people and pooches. He has even been chosen to show off collars for a new local company here in the Mourne Mountains and this is also helping him getting up the mountains for photos as he meets all sorts of new people and animals. He’s a quiet boy and doesn’t even realise how handsome he is. He has more Insta followers now than his “Momager”. If Coops was lucky to be chosen as the Nose of Tralee he would be able to meet more fabulous people on his journey to beating this anxiety he has. The dog walking voucher would be fabulous as this would help him widen his social circle even more but imagine this beautiful boy sitting for a photoshoot with the brilliant David Macauley now THAT would be the ultimate showcase for our Insta page. All of his furriends would be so envious. Thank you so much for considering his application x

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Hi guys, Banjo here! I would love to win this competition! I have a slight treat addiction and the hoomum never gives me enough – so if I win, I can quit my day job and buy all the treats and toys! Lots of love, Banjo  PS: my hoomum says I’m the bestest boi and I deserve to win so we can show people that Chihuahuas aren’t always yappy ankle biters, but lovely little doggies!



This is Minnie. She is flying the flag for rescue hens everywhere. Minnie is very clever and an escape artist. Her hobbies include roosting, laying, scratching and breaking into the polytunnel. Minnie and her pal Annie-Kate have high viz jackets which make them easier to spot when they break out in the winter. Minnie is petitioning to have this competition changed to the Beak of Tralee. Minnie hopes everyone will consider helping some of her pals who may need rescuing, as hens make a great addition to the family AND provide fresh eggs daily!



Teddy by name, Teddy by nature. Teddy brings so much love and happiness everywhere he goes. He disarms people, and I will often see strangers smiling down at him when we are out walking. He loves bother more than interrupting kids playing soccer by running in to tackle the ball. As a rule, he assumes everyone he encounters wants to be his friend and 9 times out of 10, they do. He is just the beat boy and I feel very lucky to be his dog mom!



We found Rocco straying about a year and a half ago, we took him in and tried everything to find his owner. I wasnt looking for another dog but my daughter wanted to keep him. So after having him a month and no owner turning up we kept him. Hes a remarkable funny goofy lovable boy. Hes so big that he knocks over everything he doesnt realise how big he is. He can be so awkward but in a funny way. Hed sit on your lap and you wouldnt be able to breathe but hes just sitting there with his tongue out so happy looking. He loves cats and other small Animals. Hes so clever if were out walking(I walk other peoples dogs) and one of the other dogs are lagging behind he actually runs back to them and gives them a slap with his paw to get them moving.


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Pepper is the snuggliest and sassiest little dog I’ve ever had. She has the loudest bark and anyone that even looks at our house will hear her which makes her a 10/10 guard dog! Her face lights up when she sees a new toy or her favourite treat and she cannot contain herself with excitement – it’s one of my favourite things ever! She is super vocal and makes the funniest noises, from the loudest barks to the quietest whines. I think pepper would make a great nose of tralee because she puts a smile on everyone’s face with her adorable personality and of course her snuggles! When you’re feeling down she’s always there for a cuddle and a kiss, and if you’re upset she won’t stop licking you until you feel good again! I wish I could send multiple photos of her so you can see her little personality!…



Ruby is the gentlest most loving girl, she loved getting her picture taken and posing and she loves doing reels now for Instagram. She is the most beautiful girl and she is a real pooch princess. Always opting for the sofa over the floor and a double bed over her own bed. No matter how soft or fluffy!

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Winnie came to us as a rescue in 2011. She had a very bad start in life but she is an absolute gem. Super temperament, happy little girl. Shes become a bit of a celebrity as shes been known for her singing, her ability to drive a car, her penchant for stealing food from picnic goers on the beach and, most recently, her attendance at Borris Literary Festival where she met her heroine Laurie Anderson and had a wee moment with Mary Robinsons dog. Our Winnie is the stuff of legends



Sonny is a black and tan, long haired mini dachshund from Lovely Leitrim. I think Sonny would make a great Nose of Tralee 2022 because he is a very happy dog and loves interacting with people. I got Sonny after the loss of my fiance and he is a little bundle of joy. He has brought so much happiness to our house. Sonny has two different coloured eyes which only adds to his cuteness. He loves cuddles and bellyrubs and is so photogenic. His instagram is included so you can see for yourself how adorable he is.

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This is Ollie my permanent Foster here in my house. Originally went Foster to adopt with his sister to a lady a who ended up putting them for sale on gumtree. Eventually found but the family were moving and didn’t want to take them with them. So they were returned to limerick feral cats and ended up with me. In the last year and half. He has had bladder blockages and with the help of amazing vets. He didn’t require surgery. He needs something good to happen to him for a change. And whoever said black cats don’t photograph well. Obviously were never owned by a black panther like ollie



Kobe was a little pup on her way to the pound when she was rescued by my son. She’s a collie/golden retriever cross with the colour & obedience of a collie but the absolute goofiness of a retriever.her favourite pastimes are drives in the car, walk and watching wildlife programs.shes the best for snuggles & cuddles & is adored by by everyone. She’d make the best ever Nose of Tralee 2022 because she’s the greatestest pet ever & she would donate some of her prizes to a wonderful pet charity called Cians Kennels!!!who keeps pets & their little humans close together while they have to spend time in Crumlins Children’s Hospital. Please vote for Kobe. She’s simply the NOSE!!


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Paddy is a cracking wee chap. Hes represented Ireland in dog agility twice at the junior champ in England and is travelling all the way to Holland the first week in September to compete in the world championship. This is a very shocking achievement considering Paddy was rescued from an abusive home where he was neglected and starved. He came into the rescue very sick and was lucky enough to pull through during foster. Paddy loves nothing more than a good day hiking, preferably travelling to and from on the train. Hes always treated to a puppacino and an ice cream. Paddy is a well seasoned and skilled agility competitor, competing and training regularly all year round but his most impressive trick is a walking handstand while he does his pee! We have had Paddy for 6 years now and while he comes with many quirks we wouldnt change him for the world.



I think fly would make a great nose of Tralee because hes just an amazing dog. Since I got him at 9 weeks old weve been inseparable and him being a border Collie obviously sheep herding is in his genes but usually at 9 months you start training pups but only at 12 weeks I had him on commands left right lie down which was incredible as Ive never trained a dog before so it was just his natural ability.we spend so much time each day together hes not a pet to me hes my best friend definitely a mans best friend and in 2021 we were lucky to have him crowned puppy of the year online and made it to the final with 14 dogs out of almost 1600 hes very photogenic and loves life I just cant praise him enough hes a beautiful dog with a beautiful way about him to which I always love to show off Ive brought him to a couple of local shows to which hes done very well and of course gotten lots of compliments.I love to show him off not to win prizes but to show his beauty both inside and out. I think fly would make a great nose of Tralee because hes just an amazing since I got him at 9 weeks old weve been inseparable and him being a border Collie obviously sheep herding is in his genes but usually at 9 months you start training pups but only at 12 weeks I had him on commands left right lie down which was incredible as Ive never trained a dog before so it was just his natural ability.we spend so much time each day together hes not a pet to me hes my best friend definitely a mans best friend and in 2021 we were lucky to have him crowned puppy of the year online and made it to the final with 14 dogs out of almost 1600 hes very photogenic and loves life I just cant praise him enough hes a beautiful dog with a beautiful way about him to which I always love to show off Ive brought him to a couple of local shows to which hes done very well and of course gotten lots of compliments.I love to show him off not to win prizes but to show his beauty both inside and out.Fly


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Gio is a very playful pup, always looking for his next adventure. He is always happy and pulls the funniest poses . He loves wandering around the garden, stealing socks and chasing cats. He has brought fun back into the house and is the happiest little soul. He would make a great Nose of Tralee as he is absolutely adorable , loves an adventure and what an adventure this would be for a 5 month old puppy.



Betty is an 18-month-old Miniature Schnauzer. Betty was named after the legendary movie star Bette Davis. Betty came home with me on 17 March 2021, and we havent spent a day apart since. Betty is a dog that is both loving and protective, her eyes are hypnotic, and she has a wonderful playful and mischievous nature. Betty is a dog with serious FOMO, she is my little shadow; she follows me EVERYWHERE! Betty sleeps with me, she is the first face I see each morning and last face I see at night. Betty enjoys her comforts and attention; she has more toys than a child. Betty is the heart and soul of the house and the boss. Betty can be cute as a button one minute and have her sassy moments the next. I always look forward to getting home, once she hears the car pull up in the driveway she is jumping around and gives me a heros welcome. Betty has an awesome beard; one most men would be enviable of. Bettys beard is very dishevelled looking in the mornings (which I find very amusing and cute) and she cannot eat or drink anything without causing a mess. Hearing her wee paws trotting about the house is always a joy. I love watching Betty run around the garden with such glee and energy, she is in her element. Betty loves to chase the cat, most often chasing him up a tree. Betty likes to bark; we no longer need a doorbell as she is a great watchdog and she has several windows she sits at and looks out, barking at anything that moves (the postman and the cows suffer this the most). Betty is never without her squeaky red ball and penguin teddy; these were her very first toys that she still loves and plays with to this day. We go on walks to Lough Muckno, we are currently in our last week of the 100KM in the month of June for the Irish Heart Foundation. Bettys dislikes include the cat, the lawn mower, the hoover and cows. Bettys favourite things include, chicken, eggs, plastic drinking bottles and lots of cuddles. Betty is the best girl and would make a great Nose of Tralee!




The body of a cat but the mind of a dog. Plays fetch (with mice), comes with you call his name (and shake a bag of cat food), tuxedo cat (but not because hes gray). Banx enjoys long walks along the beach, smooth jazz and a fine chianti on a summers eve.



I think Becky would be a great Nose Of Tralee because she is the best girl ever! As well as being the most affectionate, loving and goofy dog out there she is so talented when It comes to tricks and agility, despite her tiny size!! We have so much fun working as a team at our local agility classes and earning trick titles together. So far she has received her Novice & Intermediate trick dog titles with Do More With Your Dog! She is such a sweetheart and works so hard to please me while doing what we love. After a long day of working at dog sports she loves to snuggle on the couch with my family and I, and watch some television She has the biggest heart and I cannot wait to see what the rest of 2022 holds for my talented little girl



Its hard to put Barra into words, hes just a beautiful boy who has brought so much happiness to our home. B is for his boldness, we havent a sock without a hole in it. A is for always greeting us after a day at work with the waggiest tail. R is for racing over the beach after another dog when we endlessly call him back but he ignores us. R is for resting in the cutest positions known to man, and making us just sit and look at him saying Awwwwwand finally A is for allowing us to be privileged enough to be his Mammys.

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Mr Shelby

Shelby (mr Shelby ) has being my rock and best friend during the pandemic to get me out of the house for a walk and he was always there to listen ! So I then decided to start up a instagram account of Shelby for fun and to see what we ( he) gets up to, which distracted my mind from the pandemic ! He was always there to listen,snuggles and cry on , we definitely have a special bond together and we got each others back , he will always be my best friend.



If you can be anything be like Sadie and keep smiling even if youre broken. Sadie was found wandering the streets of Serbia in early 2017 with multiple broken bones including a broken hip and a broken elbow. She was taken to Ub Dog Pound, Serbia where she spent the next two and a half years amongst 180 other dogs, with little to no treatment. In August 2019 she travelled across 8 countries and moved to Tyrone. Since arriving she has started a long road of rehabilitation. Sadie has had so much against her but yet, she has never given up on herself, she just keeps on smiling and makes the world smile with her. Shes a real inspiration. After 3 major complicated surgeries, on 3 of her legs, including the amputation of her front leg, and with only one good leg to stand on Sadie is still determined to make the most of every moment. She really loves meeting new people, young or old alike, and as long as she gets a good belly rub or a tasty treat shes more than happy to show anyone that its not about what you cant do in life, its about making the very best of what you can. Its no surprise that Sadies stamina, determination and jolly smile is admired by many. As if that alone isnt enough to make her a winner, along with her best friend, a little disabled terrier called Dougal, they do all they can to raise awareness and funds for animals who, like they did, find themselves suffering without a home, especially on the streets of Serbia. Life can be very tough sometimes and theres no doubt some things are very hard to handle but always remember… if you can be anything… be like Sadie and keep smiling even if youre broken



Seamie is an nearly 11 year old rescue(i adopted his mammy Poppy, she was in pup),Seamie loves to play fetch( even plays fetch with himself,(if my human is busy woth my ild uncle doggos,theyre slow walkers now)his favourite happy place is our local beach Benvoy in Waterford. Seamie gives hugs like a pro, he is a sensitive soul ,and loves old doggos ,especially his uncle Tyson. Seamie loves to be a meet and greet doggo on every walk , he is one friendly good boy .Seamie would love to be canvassing the local hotspots representing Waterford doggos.



I think Fluffy should be nose of Tralee, is because she is the most wonderful, gentle dog I’ve ever known.When I first met Fluffy, she was in a basket with all her other siblings. I sat and watched all puppies for an hour and my eyes kept been drawn back to her, i knew she was the right one for me, she seemed so shy and gentle compared to her siblings. I left fluffy with her mama for 3 months, so she would get the best start in life staying on her mama’s milk. Fluffy is almost 9 years old now, been with me in my good times and my very low times been a frontline worker, I could always be sure that I would come home to an unconditional love, with loads of kisses and cuddles, which I really needed. All the children in the street run to meet her as soon as we turn the corner, all wanting to meet and pet her, she loves all their attention and is great with the children. Fluffy is the most wonderful, wonderful dog and I thank God for the day that he paired me up with her.


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My first two-legged mam was great but had to return me to the breeder as I’m a very boisterous pupper – I have eaten concrete, doors and have gotten up to all sorts of mischief which is really not good pup etiquette. I was sad at first but then a few days later a woman and her two-legged pups arrived at my house. I gave them all a proper good butt sniff to make sure they passed the super sniffer test and I decided that after some snuggles, cuddles and wuffles that the way my happy tail was waving so frantically was a sure sign that I should go home with these humans as I would make them very happy. I would be the best pupper a human could ever hope for. It was clear my new mam and the two-legged pups saw me to be most handsome as they drove all the way from Wexford to Sligo for me – I guess 4 legs are better than 2 and she must have wanted a proper pup for keeps. The humans bundled me into their car and were now the very lucky recipients of one very excited, funny, energetic and charismatic puppy! I am a Vizsla/Weimeraner with a dash of German-pointer – a combination for disaster I have heard some humans say. Sometimes dad grumbles about the big fool – like the day I took his work boot and chewed a tasty morsel off of it. He said it was no use to him anymore and I could have the two of them now. He is so kind and I got days of fun prancing around the garden with my new boots! Then mam said enough is enough – she said she was tired of sweeping up boot scraps up and threw them in the bin. They also say my stomach is a bottomless pit, but pups eat a lot. Eat, sleep, play repeat I say! Mam says every night that I am not allowed in the bed but at 6am I move around very noisly in my crate to try and wake mammy and daddy – if they don’t hear me, I lick my body as loudly as I can and then I whinge and whine and give out, wiggle and waggle some more in my crate and then mammy sighs lets a deep breath out and lets me snuggle down between mam and dad – bingo! I’m a lucky boy!



Born & bred on the emerald isle I am a true madra ireannach. Living only a short distance from where my breed originated, the Glen of Imaal, I personally believe this makes me the Queen of Wicklow. After a traumatic walk in the rain as a puppy I only liked the sunshine and would only go out in the rain if I was wearing a jacket. After my big girl water-repellent fur came in I decided I love to be out in the rain and will under no circumstances hurry and go potty. I need the sunshine & the rain, and as the true child of millennials, I am in fact the rainbow in their lives. I spend my days patrolling the marina from my balcony for everything I can see is obviously mine and I need to let other dogs know that though I be but little, I am fierce & Im not all rainbows – I can bring the thunder. I am a dwarf breed, and my parents say I suffer from a bit of napoleon complex so my favourite thing to do is make myself as tall as possible by doing a glen sit while I use my big brown humanlike eyes to stare into peoples souls until theyre so compelled they crouch down and we sit nose to nose. Sometimes people dont want a cold puppy nose against theirs, but maybe if I won – could anyone resist the nose of Tralee!

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