The President of Ireland has paid tribute to his late dog Bród.
The president’s Bernese Mountain Dog Bród passed away at the age of 11 this week.
President Higgins confirmed the heartbreaking news over the weekend.
“President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina are sad to confirm that Bród, one of their two Bernese Mountain Dogs, has passed away at just past the age of 11.|
“Bród was 11 years and two months at Áras an Uachtaráin, having come to the Áras as an 8-week-old puppy.
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“Bród was a very much loved dog by all that met him and he enjoyed meeting with the thousands of members of the public who came to Áras an Uachtaráin over the years and he was probably one of the most photographed dogs in Ireland.”
“He will be missed by the President, Sabina, and all at the Áras, particularly Misneach, the President’s remaining dog who is two and a half years old.
The President confirmed that Misneach was very attentive to Bród in his final months.
President Higgins had four Bernese Mountain Dogs. His dog Síoda sadly passed away in 2020. His dog Shadow also died in 2018.
Misneach, who is only two, was adopted in 2021.