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Keano was surrendered to the pound and although he is coping very well, we would just love to make his visit here a short one. We think he is about 6 years old, although he does have a little "old mans face" that makes him appear a bit older, and he is small to medium size so would fit into small corner in most homes. He is a very mannerly gent and is quiet, calm & clean in his kennel, and causes us no problems at all. Keano is a Beagle x and is used to the outdoor life but I'm pretty sure he could learn all about the comfort of his own bed by the fire very quickly. He would suit an older person who wants a low maintenance guy but who still enjoys regular exercise and someone who will provide all the companionship & comfort that Keano deserves.
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Billy arrived a bit worse for wear last week with scruffy coat and a torn ear, but we have him all cleaned up now, ready to show off to our FB followers and hopefully find himself a new home. We think he may be a Lakeland Terrier x Yorkie or something like that as he is bigger than your average Yorkie with a curly type coat (which unfortunately we had to clip down). Billy is about 2 - 3 years old and full of life, he just loves to be involved in all that is going on around him so we are looking for an active home with secure fencing. He is very friendly and gets on well with all the dogs here but we prefer to re-home him with older children as we do not know his history and not every dog can adjust to living with the noise & fuss of small children.
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Betty is such a sweet girl and she really deserves to find a new home soon. She is an older girl who is very shy and will need a sympathetic new owner to bring her forward to her new life with compassion & patience. Betty is as quiet as a mouse and very clean and we just know she will be a very loyal companion to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. It is possible that she may be 7 or 8 years old but it's also very possible that she is younger and is just weighed down with the worry she has been carrying. When she finds her feet and starts to trust again I think we will see a slightly different personality shining through where she will be more energetic, relaxed and most of all happy!!
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Rocco is a super guy who is a very sprightly 7ish years old. Although Rocco was surrendered to the pound, the information we have is a bit sketchy due to his owner becoming very elderly and taking up residence in a nursing home. What we do know is that Rocco was a well loved & cared for companion. Poor Rocco is feeling the loss of his previous life dreadfully and we are hoping that with Easter upon us that someone will look kindly on him and offer him a new home. He will need a secure garden as he has an independent nature and he loves his regular walks. He is a doggy dog and we do not think he would take kindly to be overly smothered with hugs & kisses or being dressed up in the latest doggy fashion. Once he gets the basic home comforts he will be quite content and he will prove himself a wise & loyal companion.
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Ollie is as soft as as a teddy bear and just as cuddly. He loves zooming in for close-ups when he can catch a sneaky kiss and is a very friendly gentle tactile boy of about a year old. He appears to be mostly Collie but with beautiful black & tan markings and a glossy, shiny coat.He will make a great family pet but as he is a Collie x, he will need an active fun lifestyle. Ollie is great with other dogs and people so he will slot very easily into most situations. He can be a little shy at first, but you can see beneath that calm surface is a pure joker just waiting for his chance to arrive!!
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Oonagh is a sad girl, cast aside by her previous owner, but to be honest that might be the best thing that has happened in her short life her so far. Now she has a chance of the fabulous life she deserves and we will do everything in our power to ensure she gets it. Oonagh is gentle & shy as so many other Lurchers & Hounds, but she has had it rough along the way too. You can see it in her when she automatically flinches away from a raised arm or a loud voice. You can see it when she closes her eyes and stands motionless when afraid, as she expects the sky to come crashing down around her at any moment. She puts up no resistance to gentle handling and once we build up her trust again she will blossom into a true beauty both inside & out.
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Oscar is a robust, energetic Collie x who is about 3 or 4 years old. He is great with other dogs but will need a secure garden so that he cannot go off exploring, as he has a huge interest in all that goes on in the world around him. It is possible that this may be the reason that he found himself in the local pound in the first place, so Oscar also needs an interesting new life where there is lots to keep him entertained. We think Oscar would be a grerat family pet but he would most likely suit children of ten years and upwards as we do not know his history.
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Maggie is a sweet older girl who very much needs some tlc to help her get back on her feet again. She has fallen on hard times lately but beneath all that rough coat and dirty matts, there is a gentile lady who just wants a comfy retirement home where she can potter around. She might even take up a gentle hobby such as gardening (or watching her owner in the garden), beachcombing or butterfly chasing! She will make an ideal companion for anyone who just needs an easy low maintenance, four-legged friend to share their life with.
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Odie is a stunningly handsome German Shepherd x boy of about 10 months old. He is tiny though, really not much bigger than a Collie, but he has a large personality and is eagerly awaiting the next phase in his life. He is affectionate, fun and good with other dogs so he will need an active family with someone home during the day. He might even suit as a second dog for anyone who wants to increase their dog family. Odie can be a little shy with strangers initially but is a real snugglebug once he gets to know you. Like Goldie, he will need ongoing basic training in order for him to reach his full potential.
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I'm afraid Goldie is not blessed with the most imaginative name but he makes up for that with a series of quirky expressions that are all his own! He is a great buddy who is mostly Labrador, with a little something else in the mix, but his personality is pure fun He is small in size for a Labrador and has a slightly more muscular build but once he gets up to his optimum weight he may get the lovely curves that we associate with the Labrador breed. Goldie would suit an active family with someone home during the day. He may need a little basic training as he loves to jump up and give lots of hugs, but really that should not be encouraged in a medium to large dog. Goldie is only about 18 months old and, although by some cruel twist of fate he found himself unwanted in a local pound, he now has a very bright future ahead of him.
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Rocky is your typical Golden Labrador boy who is full of fun and just loves to be involved in everything their human does. He is a big boy and he doesn't quite understand how easy it is to flatten people in his enthusiastic attempt to say hello, so an owner who can give him gentle but firm advice in that area would be essential. He is good with children (when he is not knocking them over like skittles) and his previous owner has sadly had to find him a new home due to a change in circumstances. Rocky will need a secure garden and lots & lots of walks & training. The perfect way to welcome this new Spring weather. Rocky has the most hypnotic amber eyes and a genuine love of people so his new owners will be very lucky to have this boy in their lives.
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Sydney (aka Todd) has come back to us all grown up and with a new name that suits his elegant new look. He has really grown into a stunningly handsome young man and now that he has reached maturity he has made very clear decisions on what he likes and does not like. Sydney was always a little shy and although he has improved hugely in that regard, he has decided that children are really not his thing. He does like them but finds all the noise & bustle of a busy household just too much for his laid back personality. He also can still be quite shy of men and will need a new owner who can continue to work on those fears. Apart from that Sydney needs a secure garden and someone at home during the day. He bonds quickly with his humans and would not suit being alone for long periods. Sydney is a typical Lurcher, a guy who likes nothing better than to chill on his beanbag after a few laps around the park.
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Spot is one of the many many Collies we get through our doors here. They all have the same bewildered look on their face and for many of them it may be their first time to realise there is another world out there away from the open fields where they grew up. They can take a little time to adjust depending on their age, temperament and life experiences, but we do our utmost to ensure that all of them go on to live full & happy lives. It is hugely important to choose the correct homes for these Collies and not expect them to just fit in with your life just because you love them and want to help. They can find urban living particularly startling and because of this we look for quiet homes with lots of areas away from the noise of cars, busses, schools etc. Spot is a beautiful, kind dog that puts his head on your knee and nuzzles up for a hello when he meets you. He is a little overwhelmed but is not afraid and once he finds his feet, he will turn out to be the most loyal companion you could ever wish for. He is the dog who with one look can make you feel adored like never before. He will make you feel like the person you wish you were...........so step up, you wouldn't want to disappoint him would you?
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Lillith is a very small Jack Russell girl who is possibly about 6 years old. It can be hard to tell, especially as it appears she has not had the easiest of life up to this point. From now on though this girl shall get the star treatment, we will INSIST on it! She is such a wee dote, gentle, friendly and very mannerly. She does not have that very busy & bossy attitude that some of these guys are renowned for and that makes her very easy to live with. She would suit an older person where she would be such good company, plus a good watch dog. Well, maybe not so much a watch dog as she hasn't uttered so much as a woof since arriving here, but once she gains confidence in her new home we are sure she will find her voice.
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Shy oldie Nick is very bewildered to find himself living in a busy rescue shelter. He is about 8 years old and really needs a quiet foster or forever home as soon as possible. He is a low maintenance lad who loves his walks and he is very waggy once he gets to know you. Can you be his safe haven and bring a sparkle back to his eyes?
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Our goldie oldie Charlie came into us just before Christmas with his yorkie pal Bella after their owner sadly passed away. Bella found a new home but little Charlie is still with us dreaming of finding someone to love him.
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Peter (left), Alex (right) and Sam (bottom).....our three remaining members of the "Tricky" family who came to us from a hoarding situation in 2016. Many of you will have read Sam's incredible story during the week from a broken shell to one of sparkling personality! https://www.facebook.com/madradogrescue/posts/10155614930148122
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All dogs are uniquely special but there is something particularly special about my stunning foster boy, “Tricky” Sam. He has been in the care of MADRA for 13 months. He arrived as one of our 23 completely unsocialised family of “Tricky” dogs who were rescued from a hoarding situation in 2016.
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Milan arrived to us at the start of July, completely and utterly terrified. He would hide in his kennel shaking, petrified of our touch. We don't know what kind of life Milan had before finding himself in the pound and then to us but we do know it wasn't one where he experienced gentle hands or much kindness. He finally began to gain some trust in a couple of the kennel crew and began to go on walks. He was still reluctant to be touched and was sensitive about having a lead put on but he allowed us to do it.
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Hi my name is Chrisi. All you need to know about me is that I love cuddles and rubs from my owners. I didn’t really have the greatest start to life and because of that i sometimes like to spend time on my own, but I’m sure I’ll grow out of it once I’m in my new home. I am great with other dogs, and I’ve since made a few doggie friends. I can’t wait to find my new family so i can give them as much love as they will give me.
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