Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway | Email: info@madra.ie | Phone: 091 584 274 

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* Direct from Home * Maisie is looking for a new home through no fault of her own. This is what her owner had to say about her.... Maisie is a beautiful Yorkie cross who is looking for a new home. She is a fun loving dog who loves chasing a ball or playing with squeaky toys. She loves the company of children especially ones who keep throwing tennis balls for her! Maisie is house trained and is used to living inside, but doesn’t mind the outdoors either. She has lived with a Yorkshire terrier most of her life and likes the company of other dogs. Maisie is good on a lead and loves long walks but also enjoys the simple things in life like a cuddly blanket and a treat. She loves attention and lots of cuddles. Maisie is unsure with cats so a home without them would probably suit her better. She has the most adorable eyes which no doubt will have you falling in love with her just as we did.

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Trent is a lovely, friendly black and white Collie boy of maybe 10 months? He’s a typical farm Collie but we’d like him to go to an experienced home.

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These two were found wandering together and have not been reclaimed. They are long haired Terrier types, possibly about 4 or 5 years old although we may adjust that estimate once they get a hairdo! They very much seem to be a bonded pair, maybe brother & sister and were obviously well cared for at some stage as they are friendly and Tayto has been neutered already. They are a cute, happy, friendly, funny pair and we are definitely looking for a home where they can stay together. They would be ideal for someone who may be working away from home for some hours during the day as they will entertain each other in your absence.

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* Direct from Home * Sadly Hope’s family will be emigrating and he is unable to move with them so they are looking for a fantastic new home for their fantastic best boy. Here is some of what his heartbroken loving owners had to say about him... He is a very energetic and funny boy, he loves being around people, loves kids and is very protective with them, we have a child in our house but also lots of neighbours that love Hope as he is very friendly. He loves playing with other dogs as well, but doesn’t really like cats unfortunately. He loves going out for walks and playing in the park with other dogs. He is house trained, sleeps very well during the night and loves his naps during the day. We really hope he will get a good family with kids as he loves being around them and having friends with who to play.

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These eight pups were born in kennels after their Mother, Maya, recently came in pregnant. These puppies will be available for adoption after 8 weeks. We would like all our adopted puppies to attend puppy training classes to help them become the good citizens that we want them to be.

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These five pups (2 female and 3 male) were born in kennels after their Mother came in pregnant . We would like all our adopted puppies to attend puppy training classes to help them become the solid citizens we would like them to become.

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* Foster Appeal * Cooper is struggling in the kennels now so we’d really love to get him into a foster home please. Fill in a foster questionnaire asap if you think you can help Cooper please. * Hi, hi, hi! My name is Cooper and I am a super lovable big boy! I get on with absolutely everyone I meet. I subscribe to the belief that we should all lead the kind of life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead. Fortunately for me I have only ever encountered good humans so I greet everyone with a big smiley head.....even my eyes light up, or so I am told! I strongly believe in showing affection to all my human friends. "Utterly charming" is the phrase people seem to use when talking about me. Now, ending up at a dog rescue shelter really wasn't in my great life plans....so I am very keen to find myself a new lifelong bestie ASAP and start a new life right by their side, bringing them joy every single day. I am almost a year and a half old, so I am still full of fun and eager for nice long hikes. Regular walks are a must! My coat will need regular brushing too. Oh and us huskies have an undeniably strong sense of adventure so it's really important that you have a VERY secure garden in case I get notions of solo adventures. I'd like a busy house with lots going on and of course I would like to be included in everything as dogs are family members too. I really wouldn't cope well with a boring existence. I'm fine with other dogs too. Training classes are a must to help us figure out to communicate but honestly if you make sure my needs are met, you will see what a happy-go-lucky chap I am. I promise to make you so proud....I really am a VERY GOOD BOY!!!! Cooper x

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These three pups (2 female and 1 male) were found dumped in a bag recently. They weren’t there long as the inside of the bag was pretty clean but they were very hungry. We would like all our adopted puppies to attend puppy training classes to help them become the solid citizens we would like them to become.

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Humbug is a Merle Collie boy about 18 months old. He is good natured and is coping well with kennels so far but he can be shy and unsure at first which is understandable. He will need a secure garden and a Collie experienced new owner.

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Goose is an older boy who was found by some kind people who cared for him until the warden could collect him. He is still under assessment but is terribly thin, hopefully just due to hunger, which we have started to work on immediately. Goose is a friendly, happy boy who would do so much better in a home environment. If you have a secure garden and a warm heart give us a call.

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Martha is a sweet young Spaniel x JRT who has had some unfortunate experiences that have left her frightened of people that she does not know. It will take her quite a while to learn to trust again, but she is young and with the right care she can put it all behind her. Martha will need time and patience but we know she will eventually transform into the most loyal, loving little girl anyone could hope for.

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Yet another Husky X girl, a victim of being a member of the "popular breed club." Elsie is a stunner with bright blue eyes and a lovely, thick, furry coat. We think she is about 2 years old and is small for a Husky so she may be crossed with a Collie or Elkhound type. She is full of fun and would make a great family pet if you have a secure garden and lots of energy!

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* URGENT - FOSTER HOME NEEDED * Poor Maya has arrived barefoot and pregnant. She is only a young girl, possibly only 12 to 18 months, but she looks much older due to having had a hard life to date. She it pitifully thin and may have been living rough for some time. We want to change all that, we feel Maya deserves the very best from here on in and we want to find a 10 star foster home where she can give birth to her babies in peace & quiet. Maya is very submissive and a wee bit shy until she gets to know you. She rolls over for (big) tummy rubs and tries to communicate by making squeaky, high pitched sounds when you talk to her. We think she is due to whelp within the next 10 days (from 11th May) and for now we are trying to build her up slowly so that she can concentrate on feeding her pups when they are born.

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Once upon a time, in a little shelter that nestled between the rolling hills of Connemara and the wild Atlantic ocean, sat a young man named Baxter. Baxter was in a pickle. He thought he might be in custody. He didn't know why, because he was doing his very best to be a good boy, but every day, when the humans came to see him, they went away again, and he had to stay. Baxter did not understand at all. But he did what he could to express how confused and frightened he was. He had a big, loud bark, so he tried using his voice to express his feelings. That didn't work, it just made everybody jump. He tried to show how much he loved going out with his new friends, the volunteers. He loved playing ball and getting belly rubs with them. This worked a lot better. His new friends even took him to the beach! As Baxter explored the sandy dunes, he finally felt that he had managed to get the message across. This is where he liked to be - on adventures with his humans! However, disaster struck, because the humans did not entirely understand. They brought him back to the shelter, and said they had to go. Baxter was everything that an 11 month old Labrador X boy should be. Affectionate, bouncy, cordial, diligent...he was the whole package! He knew he didn't have any skills yet, but he was only a baby. His human would send him to training school. He knew that because the volunteers chatted to him and told him that a special human had to come and bail him out. They'd send him to school and teach him to speak human. "When that happens, it's called an adoption", they said. This adoption could not come soon enough for Baxter. He knew it would be hard work, but he was ready for the job. You've got to walk the human every day, remind them where the food is, in case they forget, and most of all, keep their sides warm in the evenings when the sun goes down...they're happiest when they're cosy. Every day that passed left him wanting more than morsels of attention that the volunteers had to share with all the dogs at the kennels. He set about making sure that he smiled for the camera, he looked over every wall, he checked under every rock. Just in case his human saw him. Then they'd realise that he was waiting for them, and they could take him home.

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Ella is a Pitbull X that has certainly seen the darker side of life. These creatures are so gentle that they seem to take all the neglect and abuse without a murmer and there is nothing more satisfying that seeing her reach her transformation into the dog she deserves to be. Ella is gentle, kind, sweet, waggly & grateful and we would love her to realise that there is another side to life. A side where she will be loved, cherished and appreciated for the loyal love bug that she is. Ella is underweight, suffering from mange and in general bad condition. She has been treated for mange and the rest will be sorted with good food and comfort in a home.

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This girl seems to be a very affectionate & playful girl but we would still like her to find a home with a family that have experience with the breed. Good fencing is essential and someone at home during the day. Summer is still under assessment but so far she is proving to be an absolute dote that will blossom in a home environment.

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Fitz is a Patterdale type Terrier about 4 years old. He is a great little guy, compact and friendly, ready to join you on long country walks or snoozing on the sofa on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Patterdales are a working breed and can be very active but Fitz seems to have his work/life balance just right! As we do not know his history we would not rehome him with young children but he seems to be very easygoing and adaptable and would make a great companion for the right person.

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* Booked * Direct from Home * Lexi is 4 years old, she will be 5 in July. Her owners have both started working full time so now Lexi is at home alone in the house and she has taken to barking ...Lexi’s neighbours are even less taken with this new development. Her family are heartbroken to have to surrender Lexi as she is a much loved, very well cared for doggie and they’d like Lexi to be happier again in a home with more company, where she’ll get plenty of exercise. Like all Cocker Spaniels, Lexi is highly energetic and will need lots of exercise. Lexi hasn’t lived with any other pets & she doesn’t appreciate dogs on walks who get in her business. She wouldn’t be suitable to live with kids either as she has little experience with them and her owner’s feel she’d prefer adult company. Lexi is spayed, microchipped with her vaccinations including Kennel Cough, flea, tick and worm treatments all up to date.

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Melvin is a happy, bouncy Springer Spaniel of around 2 years old who is now looking for his special, forever home. He was found wandering alone in the countryside, skinny and traumatised by whatever it was he experienced before he was rescued and brought to safety. He spent the first three weeks in his foster home hiding from sight until he gained enough confidence to slowly but surely trust that his life had taken a turn for the better. Since then his confidence has come on in spades. Although shy with new people, with those he knows he is full of fun and joy. He has the gentle, sweet nature typical of his breed and absolutely loves other dogs. He has even taken on the role of older, foster brother and takes his job of socialising puppies very seriously! Melvin loves to play ball and enjoys a good run with his doggie pals. He’s not so keen on road noise and prefers his exercise in a quiet, rural or maybe a beach environment as he’s also discovered the joys of swimming. After an active day, he expects a seriously good cuddle (belly rub mandatory.) He can still be nervous of new or unexpected noises so an adult only home, or one with older children who are kind and respectful of his needs would be ideal. A rural environment with a secure garden and canine buddy would be the perfect home for this active, loving boy.

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SPECIAL APPEAL . Working in rescue is a constant rollercoaster of highs and lows. Recently our boy Goldie went on a trial adoption after 415 days in our care. We desperately hoped his waiting was finally over for good. Very sadly his new home didn’t work out and he is back at our shelter. He took a serious dislike to the neighbour’s cat walking along his boundary wall so instead of Goldie being tormented indefinitely and the possibility of the cat using up its 9 lives, his new family, understandably, decided they had to return Goldie... 415 days...Over a year. That's how long Goldie has been in our care. He has spent the majority of that time waiting at our shelter. He has had two foster homes to give him breaks fom our shelter as he is so painfully stressed out living with us and it's not doing his psychological state much good moving back and forth. Goldie is a three year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix whom we all love dearly. The good stuff: 1) He really loves to play outside and if you have a secure garden for him to gallop around in, he will be a very happy boy, 2) He is also a very affectionate boy who would like to hang out with you on the couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to positive reinforcement training. 3) He loves his toys and treat filled Kongs and Kong Wobbler. 4) He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. 5) He is crate trained and muzzle trained. Goldie is really a very sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. Things he needs: a) He will need a home where someone will he commited to help him with his training, b) He has some dog friends but he isn't always comfortable meeting new dogs out and about, so a rural location with a very secure garden would be ideal for him. He can be quite reactive so having someone who is willing to work alongside a positive reinforcement dog trainer is essential to help manage his fears, c) Goldie needs a cat free home. Once he finds a suitable home, we know he will make the greatest companion. He has been waiting so long already. Has anyone a spot in their heart and home for this special boy?

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