Hounds and Heli’s is a small business based in Lismore, Co Waterford. The business is owned by myself (Éadaoin) and my partner Adrian.
Both myself and Adrian are involved in a Mountain Rescue Search Dog team. Hounds and Heli’s was originally the name of our Instagram page where we shared all our Search and Rescue Dog training/call outs/life in general. Over the years we found it increasing difficult to source waterproof, durable and strong dog equipment for our search dogs. All the leads, collars and harnesses we bought became stinky, faded and frayed in no time at all. So, we decided to make our own and Hounds and Heli’s the business was born. Our leads, collars and long lines are made from waterproof (and stink proof) material, easy to clean, available in any size with colours that never fade.
Our online shop has grown to include Natural Dog Treats and Chews and Natural Dog Care Products that we give and use on our own dogs. We take care that all products we stock are made of the best natural ingredients.
For the past four years I have been the Puppy Supervisor for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland and a Training Officer for SARDA (Search and Rescue Dogs Association). I also run dog training classes and Mantrailing workshops in Waterford and Cork. Adrian works as a crewman on the Rescue Helicopter in Waterford.
Adrian and I have three amazing dogs who have inspired us to start the business. Roxy is a 13 year young boxer x collie, a retired lowland search dog. Murphy is 5 year old border collie, an operational search dog with Mountain Rescue. And Yogi is near 3years old, a black lab in training to be a Mantrailing Dog with Mountain Rescue.
Given our background in canine search and rescue, we feel strongly that any dog equipment should be of the highest quality and never let you down.