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What do $100 bills, Night At The Museum, and MADRA have in common? They all feature a Ben! Am I as famous as Benjamin Franklin or Ben Stiller? Not yet, but I'm a whole lot cuter, and fluffier, so that has to count for something, right? You'll probably have seen my sista from another mista, Blondie, earlier, and I like to give her the limelight, so I waited until now to make some formal introductions. We're from the same backyard breeder - can you imagine? I'd be most appreciative of a home where I could have some canine companions, and one or two chill humans to show me that some people are OK. I'm 7, but I'm not stuck in my ways - I'm laid back enough to go with the flow. Especially if that flow includes regular walks and a nice secure garden for me to jaunt about in. Do you have room in your life for me? I promise to be more enriching than a Benjamin Franklin ever could be, and funnier than Ben Stiller too!
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Just arrived in, more details coming soon
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Arrived from the pound, more information coming soon.
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LIGHTS.....CAMERA.....ACTION!!!! It's not everyday you come across someone who is destined to be a movie star but my name is Max....remember it! You better believe I am destined for big things! Everyone says I am so unbelievably handsome and also quite the poser as you can see! Of course being a collie, I am also a smarty pants. I am ridiculously affectionate....(some may say a bit needy but that could be because I'm not enjoying my time at the shelter.) I definitely have an active collie temperament so I would prefer a family that has experience with active dogs who need lots of mental and physical stimulation cos boredom is the worst thing ever! I would love to form a one to one bond with you. I need a chance to shine and I do hope you can find the right family to help me do that. I am around 18 months old and I can jump fences so make sure your fencing is up to scratch if you want some Max loving in your life! My ideal forever home would be one in which I am given plenty of daily exercise, kindness and love. I would thrive with a human who can give me lots of time to help strengthen my confidence and also some further training to do justice to my active mind. Couch potato only fans are not for me. See you soooooon, Max xoxo
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Hey, Toya here, generally a jolly little soul who loves to spread cheer and happiness to all I meet. I must admit I am very playful and do have a cheeky, joker side but I mean no harm. I am only around a year old so I have plenty of pep in my step and a cheeky sense of adventure about me! I love humans and I like other dogs too so if you have a canine pal who would like a playmate...do ensure it's me you choose. Aside from all my desirable qualities, I also have an impressive set of ears on me too! If you’re looking for that sweet and caring kind of girl who will always make you laugh then look no further. While I will insist on daily walks, I do like a good pamper session too so if you want to relax and stay in with a good film or book and snuggle under the duvet, that would be heaven for me! As long as there is food involved I will be your loyal companion.
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Just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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My name is Debbie. I am a seven year old shih-tzu. Please, please give me a chance; you won’t regret it and it’ll be the most worthwhile deed you ever did... I came from a very bad place, a place where people cared more about money than us dogs and how we were doing. To be honest, I didn't know any different and as miserable as it was, it was what I was always used to for many years. I haven’t been coping too well as my life has changed so much lately. I am so scared and nervous of everything and everyone. I was lucky enough to be placed in a loving foster home and I became very bonded to my foster mum; she was the first human I have ever trusted. I wasn't able to let go of my fears and trust the man in the house, even though he did try to win me over but that was too big of a leap of faith for me to make. A girl like me who has had it tough knows I gotta rely on me and me only to keep myself safe. The resident dog wasn't overjoyed with my presence even though I am a timid girl. My foster mum had to hand me back and I will always cherish her for her kindness to me. I have to tell you, dear readers, I was completely devastated to find myself in the MADRA shelter. The noise...the hustle and bustle, it was too much...I just hid behind my bed, shaking and shaking like a tree in a storm. One of my carers here felt sorry for me so she took me home. She can't mind me long-term and so the humans are looking for my next stop to be my last...I need a calm, safe space where I can grow in confidence and find my place in the world. I have been told to dream big and that my future will be full and meaningful; the kind of life that only having a permanent home can bring. I desperately need a home with an owner who can invest time, training and TLC in my well being giving me the stability and nurturing that I need to feel steadfast and settled in myself. In return, with time , you will have an eternally loyal and lasting friend. I have some special requirements though so I know I won't be suitable for a lot of people. I need: * A female who is home a lot to help me overcome my worries. (I might be able to trust men in time but right now that is very difficult) * A comfy crate that I can retreat to and have it as my safe haven when my worries get the better of me. * I need a nice, calm and friendly dog who can show me the ropes in life. Where I came from, there were always dogs, so to be without another dog would leave me feeling so painfully lost. * I need a home without children...they are just too overwhelming for me. I would like to be crated in another room if any children come to visit. * I need a 100% completely secure garden. This is crucial as the humans think I might run off in fear so it's essential there are no gaps anywhere for me to sneak through. * I would prefer to go to a home with someone who has experience of dealing with traumatised dogs. I am responding well to clicker training (I adore chicken, fyi) in my new foster home and will now eat out of my foster mum's hand but I am not comfortable being touched at all or having a lead put on me. With my previous foster mum I was able to walk on a lead but the idea of doing that with anyone else is so scary. I like being scratched around my ears but only when you have gained my trust. Where I am now, I like to hide under the table looking out. I will stay near my foster mum but I will run away if there are any sudden noises. * I was 98% toilet trained with my first foster mammy but now that I am in a new environment, I am too scared to go on walks or into the garden with the other dogs so please be prepared for some accidents and don't get upset with me. It will take some time to earn my trust, but if you truly can meet all requirements please get in touch. Please be aware, I won't flourish in a few days but if you are willing to work really hard with me, I hope I can show you a happier, more confident me in time, Debbie.
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Border Collies.....it never changes; they are one of the most neglected, abused and discarded breeds in Ireland year after year.... Meet Noel, Pluto and Lady, the sweetest dogs who sadly came from a cruelty case. They then went to the pound before coming to us. They were all extremely timid and nervous on arrival. They have been through an awful lot and they are in need of humans who will help them become happier, more confident dogs. They will need to go to quiet, adult only homes where there is a calm resident dog, a 100% secure garden and with people who will help them recover from their former lives. Pluto has been paired with Noel and he benefits greatly from a more confident canine companion. Pluto is not coping well in kennels. He spends most of his time sitting in one corner of the kennel. Noel is a comfort to him though and when we enter the kennel, Pluto will gladly accept treats. He can sometimes stay in the corner but if he sees Noels excitement, he tends to come over and seek affection. In the outdoor pens, he is much happier. He is still shy but will approach very willingly for cuddles. Pluto is very underweight.
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Meet Noel, Pluto and Lady, the sweetest dogs who sadly came from a cruelty case. They then went to the pound before coming to us. They were all extremely timid and nervous on arrival. They have been through an awful lot and they are in need of humans who will help them become happier, more confident dogs. They will need to go to quiet, adult only homes where there is a calm resident dog, a 100% secure garden and with people who will help them recover from their former lives. Noel is the most confident of this lot although still somewhat shy with strangers. He is a real dote who really enjoys cuddles and play-time with other dogs. He is very waggy and really affectionate with those he trusts.
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* Direct from Home adoption. * Charlie has to be rehomed due to a change in his owner’s circumstances. Charlie’s owner described him as a very happy, playful and friendly Jack Russell who has a lovely nature. His owner also said he would get on well with a home with children. Charlie lives with a cat and gets on with dogs also.
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Edwina kind of breaks the Jack Russell stereotype as she is a quiet, calm girl about 18 months old. She would make an ideal family pet for a family who enjoy their weekend walks and snuggling on the couch in the evenings.
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A mature gent of about 5 or 6 years old who is funny & affectionate. He loves being near people and chats away happily to you. He will most likely be a good watch dog when he settles in.
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Lori is a Husky X Collie maybe who is only about a year old. She has had it tough so far from the looks of her. She is vocal and needy like a Husky but is only Collie sized. She would suit an active family, children over 6, a very secure garden, people around during the day. Lori also wrinkles her nose and smiles when she sees you, it’s super cute.
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Ivy has come into our care after spending her last five months in a pound, waiting to be chosen. It may be her breed, it may be her colour, but for the lucky family who adopt her all these will fade into insignificance. She is such a sweet & kind dog, it makes it all the sadder that she has been waiting so long for her new life to start. She is in a foster home who are helping to get her properly settled into life on the outside prior to rehoming her. Ivy is about 4 years old and is a Pitbull cross.
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A tiny 5 year old JRT x Chi, Cherry arrived into the vets with 4 dead puppies inside her and had emergency surgery. She came through the school of hard knocks and it looks like she has given birth to several litters of puppies over the years. She would suit an older person who would love a lap dog that loves to walk. We feel that Cherry would prefer a home where she is the only dog. A secure garden and someone at home during the day are important too.
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Emily is a long & lean Black Labrador girl of about 2 or 3 years who came from the pound. She needs some serious TLC and feeding up to help her blossom into the dog she deserves to be. She is gentle, affectionate and well mannered. She would suit a family with children of 6 years upwards.
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HELLO WORLD!!!! INTRODUCING ourselves here; we are the divinely gorgeous puppies known as BENTLEY & PORSCHE! Guess what??? We are only 10 months old and we wanna come and live with YOU.....yes, you!!! That is **IF** you meet our high standards! We are Akita X German Shepherd puppies and oh, it's me Bentley speaking here. I am the brown boy and my sister is called Porsche. We can't really remember much about our early life but we do know that we were found and taken in three months ago. Sadly the lovely people who rescued us have to move soon and doggies aren't allowed in the new home. We are all really cut up over it but we were lucky we were shown such love in our time with them. We know all about the luxuries of life; like warm beds, nice food and lots of praise for being such good doggies. We are a sociable pair who get on with other dogs so if you have other dogs, that's cool with us. We have lived with other dogs and children from five years and upwards with no problems. There are cattle and sheep living all around us and we are super good; we aren't are interested in chasing them. My humans are really sad to have to part with us so they are looking for the best homes possible for us. We will keep you on your toes everyday and bring you such happiness...just admit it, you are already grinning just looking at our happy faces! So just imagine having one of us join your family...? We are looking for people who understand our breed mixes and will ensure to do lots of positive training with us, bring us on long walks every day, a secure garden of our own and most importantly we want to live with people who will treat us as cherished family members.....can you help us find that????
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* Direct from home Adoption * Porsche and her brother, Bentley, were found 3 months ago by a kind family who took them in, unfortunately their new family has to move and their new accommodation won’t allow dogs so the pups are looking for a new home again. They are super dogs who get on with other dogs and have lived with children aged five and up. Their family are very sorry to be parting with them but are hopeful they will get well deserved great new homes.
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