We pick up our new puppy from Laloba Ranch in Steamboat Springs from the Irish Wolfhound breeder, Judie Day.
She provides us with what she calls the "Puppy Book", which is her careful compilation of facts on everything from the history of the breed to the care and feeding of these unique dogs. The Puppy Book is the size and thickness of a large city's phone directory.
Judie is known for breeding longevity into this big breed, adding as much as six or seven years to their lifespan. She has had Irish Wolfhounds that live as long as thirteen years.