Current Team

Current Team of Animal Actors

(Apart from our own personal dogs we source and train other dogs when required. We have access to a wide variety of breeds, all shapes, sizes and colours.)

Sonny – Jack Russell - best known for his role in the comedy 'Mystics' with Milo O’Shea and Dave Kelly. In 1998 we needed a little terrier to work on Animal Farm. Sonny came to us from PAWS rescue centre.Dave Kelly said of Sonny 'The only dog I have ever worked with who didnt bite me'
Dervela Kirwan / Jamie - BallyKissangel Jamie – our Irish setter – best known for his work on Bus Eireann advert. Loved by the cast of Ballykissangel especially Dervela.

Scruff – Rita's rescued girl – well know as the dog on the threadmill in the Erin hot cup advert. She was a very entertaining and clever little dog and did lots of adverts and poster campaigns including the 15cent Plastic bag levy poster and the Bord na Mona advert ‘Cuddle up to a real fire’ and the first of its kind the 3D poster for                        which now hangs in our vets surgery and reminds me, every time I see it,  of the happy times we had together


Sheba – Rita's Rottie – best known for her work on Hallmark’s Animal Farm 1998. Sheba came to us from PAWS rescue centre and stayed! Sheba was a very fearful dog – showing all the signs of physical and mental abuse. Sheba, with our help, gradually overcome her suspicions and became a much loved and happy member of our family. She had a guest appearance in the movie Omen.
Jack – our black and white border collie – best known for his role as Birdie O’Hanlon’s sheepdog Trixie in Ballykissangel. Jack was a big, handsome chap who loves to learn and to work. Together with Spice he started his career as a young puppy on RTE's Live at Three. He did done lots of movies, adverts and photo shoots.
Bud – Terrier crossbreed – Bud was a stray that we rescued.  Bud made his debut as part of the 'rescue gang' in Lassie for Birds and Animals. He was such a personality that they wanted to buy him,  but we would not part with him. He loved his part as the football mad mutt in the  Eircom advert – May 05. 

The Iggies – our greyhounds – best know for their work as Iggy the dog in Paramounts movie ‘Honeymooners’ with Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps. We rescued seven failed racing greyhounds for this movie, three of whom – Iggy One, Iggy Two and Iggy Three - played the role of Iggy. Iggies One and Two had a wonderful time finishing the Movie in New York.  They remained with us in our family group until the passed years later through old age.  Greyhounds are very easy to live with and make wonderful pets.

Balto – our bull mastiff, another rescue. Balto came to us because he was just too much of a handful for his family and he was aggressive towards other dogs. He has made his film debut as one of the pound dogs in the Lassie and went on to work on ..............


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Co Kildare, Ireland