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Laois Pup Crowned Puppy Of The Year

Over 1,600 puppies were in the running for the crown.

A Laois puppy has been crowned Puppy of the Year for 2023.

Mountrath's Donut, an English Mastiff, beat competition from over 1,600 young dogs for the Petmania award.

Donut won thanks to his chilled and clever personality.

He also loves to visits the children with autism that his mum, Jacinta, works with.

Donut and Jacinta were rewarded with a prize worth €1500, including a year’s supply of dog food from Beta, a 12-month grooming care plan with Petmania , a two-night staycation in a dog-friendly hotel courtesy of Blue Book, as well as a professional photoshoot and a brand ambassador contract.

In second place was gentle labrador retriever, Molly Saoirse, a therapy puppy for Clonakilty Community Hospital in Cork.

Third place went to cocker spaniel puppy, Biscuit Dunphy, from Roscommon.

Donut's mum and owner, Jacinta Parkinson, from Mountrath says:

"The best start to the weekend was hearing Donut was selected as Puppy of the Year. Thanks to all those who voted for my big little baby, I cannot wait for him to start this exciting new role. Every pup who entered is a Puppy of the Year. Donut has filled my heart with happiness, and I am delighted that he made it to the final, never mind winning the title."

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