You don’t have to love dogs to talk to Irish President Michael D. Higgins, but it certainly helps. The head of state has gained a passionate following thanks to his adorable Bernese Mountain Dogs named Síoda and Bród. They often accompany him as he goes about his daily business of meeting with his constituents and officials both in the Irish government and abroad.
As you might imagine, people are delighted when Síoda and Bród make an appearance and can’t help but fawn over their big smiles and massive floof. Bród is especially delighted by all of the fanfare—the “attention-seeking male” doesn’t shy away from being on a stage or in front of a camera. Because of this, people expect to see the two pups with Higgins everywhere they go; the most asked question of Higgins and his wife Sabina is, “Where are the dogs?”
See why the people of Ireland are so infatuated with Higgins and his dogs when you scroll below.
The Irish President Michael D. Higgins loves his Bernese Mountain Dogs named Síoda and Bród, and people love the pups right back.
How good is Michael D Higgins dog, Bród? The Ireland hockey team got to meet him at a reception to honour the women pic.twitter.com/N5qevVSmu8
— RSVP Magazine (@RSVPMagazine) September 8, 2018
A solid system.
Here’s Irish President Michael D. Higgins giving a speech with some assistance from Bród the Bernese Mountain dog. You get the feeling that any pet left on his care would be very well looked after. https://t.co/X15Yk4NLNK pic.twitter.com/IdYzbnbL08
— Órla Smith (@OS134) August 1, 2019
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 11, 2018
This picture brings me levels of joy I can’t quite express pic.twitter.com/jIx9Xw8Hvu
— Gráinne Biddle (@grainnebiddle) June 23, 2017
— George Paesano (@GeorgePaesano) January 29, 2020
Look at how much Michael D Higgins’ dogs love him. Just look 😭 pic.twitter.com/MAq96TXKyx
— ck (@Clayerrr) June 6, 2019
There is even fan art of Higgins and his dogs.
I voted today and as a reward for the rest of you who voted as well, here is a pic of Michael D Higgins with his dogs! pic.twitter.com/lKIcuwObX4
— Hugh Madden Art (@hughmaddenart) October 26, 2018