In August of 1996, Windfern’s Maeve Aine Faelan (Maeve) was the 1st Irish Wolfhound puppy Dave & Risha brought home. Maeve was red, gentle and sweet. She was trained in small increments of time, several times a day because Dave was home with her while he was pursuing a graduate degree. There were only two times she was naughty – when she chewed some clothing and when she dug up a plant and scattered the dirt all over the living room. We were fortunate.
The first animal Maeve encountered when she was headed home to NOLA with Dave and Risha was a tiny kitten, only a few days old, who belonged to a friend. Maeve nosed the kitten and was gentle, just being happy to be near it for quite a while. As she grew up it was obvious she loved cats. Cats mesmerized her and she wanted to be near them, but the feeling was never mutual. Late one afternoon in the Bywater in New Orleans, they were walking and stopped to talk with a friend. The friend’s cat walked under Maeve and to the front of the house, completely unaware of Maeve. The humans were all motionless. When the cat noticed Maeve and vice versa, both cat and dog jumped straight up in the air – then the cat ran and Maeve wanted to chase; it was the closest she’d ever been to a cat since she was a puppy.
Maeve lived with two older Yorkies, Echo and Vivian. After losing one, and having thought about it for a while, it was decided that adding another Wolfhound was the direction to be taken. Maeve was just over 2 yrs old when we brought her mother, CH Windfern’s Scarlett, home. Scarlett was truly a vibrant red Wolfhound and rather set in her ways. She and Maeve were happy to be reunited and the bond was close. Scarlett lived to be 9.5 years old.