Irish wolfhounds
By Gwendolyn Purdom RedEye contact the reporter

Turns out Chicago’s Irish population is bigger—and significantly furrier—than we thought. In fact, when it comes to cities with an influx of Celtic canines, a new survey from dog-sitting site Rover.com suggests Chicago is one of the country’s luckiest. The Windy City ranked sixth in the 2015 survey’s list of cities with most Irish dog breeds, behind San Francisco, Boston, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Bill Hillmann demonstrates how to get a retriever excited at a recent training seminar in Pender County. Hillmann says one of the keys to success with a dog is making the learning process fun.

JIM LASLEY

His favorite word is “practice.” Without it, he asks, where would the professional golfer or basketball player be?

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