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DEVASTATED: John 'Lyno' Lyne and his daughter Claire Lyne whose dog Fletcher died in the early hours of Sunday morning are warning dog owners to be careful. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

“We are just devastated”

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney father and daughter who are this week trying to come to terms with the sudden and devastating death of their beloved pet – are warning owners not to leave their dogs off the lead.

John 'Lyno' Lyne and his daughter Claire Lyne from Killarney town say they are still traumatised as they watched their beloved Westie Fletcher suffer severe and debilitating seizures hours after a walk in the National Park on Saturday, despite intensive treatment from their local vet.

They believe Fletcher died of suspected blue green algae poisoning after the happy-go-lucky and energetic dog licked stagnant water in the park – which can prove fatal to animals due to the bacteria present following a spell of dry weather.

“We were walking down the top of New Road and I left him off the lead on Saturday,” Lyno told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We came down to the entrance straight across from the cathedral and he licked something.”

However, they said after they got home and settled down to watch the Champions League match Fletcher started to get violently sick.

“I was lying down rubbing him as he was shaking then he started walking around on three legs,” Claire explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“He came back and then started having full blown seizures and had blood coming from his mouth because he was biting his tongue so much.”

Claire and her father rushed Fletcher to the All Care Vet’s surgery on Park Road but as they waited for Vet Danny O’Sullivan to arrive, they had no choice but to put Fletcher into the boot for his own safety.

“We had to put Fletch in the boot as he was having so many seizures. When the vet came, he put Fletcher on a drip but said that there was a 75 percent chance he could die. Then we got a call at 4am that he had passed away.”

Now, Claire and her father want to warn others about the dangers of blue/green algae poisoning.

“We’re devastated. The house just feels empty,” Lyno said.

“He was the most beautiful dog and we just want to warn others not to leave their dog off the lead. Warning signs should be put up.”

Danny O’Sullivan added that it’s definitely poisoning of some kind and not a clinical disease as it came on the dog so suddenly.

“It’s by no means the first time we’ve seen it and extremely unlikely to be other poisoning as it has different symptoms,” Danny said.

“My advice would be to keep dogs on a lead.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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