stories are of course about dogs – famous dogs set in various
historical periods and cultural settings. They include the heroic period of Cu
Chulainn, Finn Macool in North Antrim and the famous leap of Bran in Limavady. Taking
us to more recent times they tell the tales of Master McGrath, three times
winner of the Waterloo cup and Dan Hyndman’s famous greyhound, celebrated in
ballads and yarns. They are told with a sensitivity to historic context and the spirit of the period.
There are not many stories more popular with children than animal stories.
It is often through such stories that
children can explore their emotional life. These stories deal with courage and
grief, devotion and loyalty, affection and fear, all through simple
storylines a child can relate to.