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

* Direct from Home * Due to ill health, Wilson’s owner is urgently looking for a new home for him. Wilson is going into emergency foster accommodation with a family friend but we’d really like to find a forever home for Wilson as soon as possible. Wilson has been described as “friendly towards all dogs” (formerly lived happily with a Jack Russell.) He has not lived with children but has been in contact with kids & is very playful with them...he would be too big for small kids though. He is “Very easy walk once he has a tennis ball to chase, that's all he really wants.” Wilson currently lives in an urban environment. Wilson was very well cared for and is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated upto date.

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* Direct from Home * We’ve met Harper and he’s an absolute dote....here’s what his Dad had to say about him - "Harper is a 4.5 year old Staffy who loves to play fetch or catch during the day and then chill on the couch with you at night or on his matt by your side. He likes to lie in the afternoon sun or sniff around the garden during the day and maybe chew a reindeer bone. He is very sociable. Good with kids and very friendly towards humans, he loves a kiss a cuddle. He is toilet trained and had a ‘positive’ dog trainer from a young age, responding to ‘sit’ and ‘touch’ and ‘leave it’ commands. Especially well behaved when rewarded with a treat. He was raised in a loving home and never slapped or shouted at. He is quite athletic and will leap into the air to catch his ball or in an attempt to kiss your face when you walk in the door from work. He can be left alone for the day with no fear of him making a mess in the house but he much prefers to hang out with you than be alone. When out on a walk he is used to wearing a harness because he likes to pull. His ‘recall’ leaves a lot to be desired so we use a 20m training lead to let him play fetch without fear of him charging off. He was raised on good quality James Wellbelloved dry dog food. Duck and Rice being his favourite flavour. He also eats broccoli stalks and loves a tin of tuna for a treat. Having said that, he will eat anything, including the Christmas turkey, so don’t leave any chocolate lying around. He can be protective over his ball and picky about other dogs, playing a little rough at times and generally annoying quieter dogs with his high energy. He was attacked by an aggressive dog earlier this year and did retaliate so I wouldn’t mix him with any territorial dogs due to the potential of his breed. He would be suited to someone who owns a house with a garden and enjoys a walk around the local park. Ideally someone with experience with Staffys. Not a young couple who both work and only live in an apt. He is being re-homed because unfortunately his parents split up :-( and both are moving abroad."

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Poor Maya 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 was pitifully thin and may have been living rough for some time. Maya gave birth to 8 pups, only 4 days after she came in. We feel Maya deserves the very best from here on in and we want to find a 10 star home for her now that she has raised her pups. Maya is very submissive and a wee bit shy until she gets to know you. She rolls over for tummy rubs and tries to communicate by making squeaky, high pitched sounds when you talk to her. Maya is looking forward to leaving motherhood behind and moving on with the next stage of her life, preferably with lots of head massages!! :)

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Just recently arrived into us from the pound, more information soon.

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Just recently arrived into us from the pound, more information soon.

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Sally is a sweet, middle aged Westie in great condition who came in as a stray to the pound, the pound had her for over a week but no one reclaimed her. She walks nicely on lead and seems calm but she is still under assessment so we’ll have more information on her soon.

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Jack came in when his owner could no longer care for him. He is affectionate but has lived a sheltered, rural life and would suit a quiet home where he can potter around and keep you company. He does walk on lead but not very well at the moment so we are working on this.

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Mel is another shy, undersocialised female Collie who will need patience and understanding from new owner. She is affectionate but can be fearful of everyday things like passing cars and sudden noises. A secure garden is a must for Mel as she is quite skittish.

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3yo Terrier, Pippa, was surrendered due to a change in circumstances. Pippa is a fabulous little dog with lots of personality. She would do best as an only dog with no children and no cats.

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* SPECIAL APPEAL * In 2016, Peggy waddled out of the pound and into our MADRA van and came to our rescue shelter. She was morbidly obese and absolutely everything was a struggle for her. We placed her on a diet and set about finding her a home. Poor Peggy, whatever her past life was, we don't know, but she was never the most relaxed dog we've met. She spent 17 long weeks with us before she found a home, with someone who wanted to give her the chance she needed in life. Peggy certainly wasn't the easiest dog to live with. She had her quirks and would nip. Still, her family held onto her, wanting to help her. They helped her lose a huge amount of weight....no easy task for a dog whose food obsession is difficult to manage. Check out her before and after photos.... doesn't she look incredible now?! Sadly, new changes in Peggy's family caused her immense stress. The arrival of baby sent Peggy's anxieties into overdrive. She was completely stressed out; nipping people and started having accidents in the house. Her family chatted with us and we advised that it was in Peggy's best interests to be re-homed. You see, some dogs can adjust to babies and children, but we knew Peggy was never going to be one of those dogs. So last weekend, Peggy arrived back to Galway (thanks Sinead and Clodagh for giving her a lift and sorting out her long trip back.) She went straight into foster with one of our team for a few days break. We know her family miss her so much. They sent all her little jumpers and toys with an email for her foster mum and potential adopters. Peggy is now back at our shelter, the second time in her seven years. :( She is looking for a very special kind of home. She needs a quiet, adult only home, with people who will help her with her issues. Full support and a training plan will be given by our team. You see Peggy is a sweet girl. She enjoys getting a fuss and sitting on a lap, on her terms though. She is also a very sensitive dog. Her obsession with food will need to be managed carefully, as we really don't want Peggy to become obese again. We also want to help her have more enjoyment in life instead of focusing on food. In relation to her nipping, she does give plenty of warning with a growl and as long as people respect her boundaries, she is easy to manage. In foster, she was being crate trained to help get her toilet training back but this isn't feasible in a shelter environment. So, she needs someone who will be committed to helping her along with that. Again, full support will be given from our team on her needs. Peggy LOVES the beach! She also loves sleeping in the sunniest spot in the house. She has lived with other dogs but she's also equally happy being an only dog too. She loves pottering around and with all her quirks, she's certainly a one of a kind gal. We know that we won't receive dozens of Adoption Questionnaires for our little Peggy...but that's OK. We only need one. One application from someone who is willing to give her a chance. She might not be the kind of dog you planned to adopt, but if you really love dogs, especially the harder to re-home ones, she is a girl who desperately needs you....

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Flynn has just recently arrived into us. He’s a very good boy, here he is showing off a very good “Sit.” :) All Collies will need to go to active homes and lead interesting lives in order to keep their clever Collie brains occupied.

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* In Foster * These seven 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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* In Foster * 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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Barney is a young male Collie X. He’s initially shy but won over within minutes. He walks nicely on lead and likes other dogs. All Collies will need an active and interesting lifestyle in order to be happy.

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Morgan is another very active, young Collie. He is not more than a year old.

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Lisa is another shy at first, gentle and sweet Collie but she comes alive with other dogs so she may suit as a second dog. She has just learned to walk on lead which she does very nicely now. She is really enjoying the attention she is getting out at the kennels. A rural home would suit her best. All Collies will need an active and interesting lifestyle in order to be happy.

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Maverick is strong on lead and strong in personality! He is very friendly with people (...a bit too friendly sometimes!!) All Collies will need an active and interesting lifestyle in order to be happy.

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Berry is yet another shy Collie X girl. Berry isn't great on lead currently and would be best suited to a rural home. All Collies will need an active and interesting lifestyle in order to be happy.

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Introducing Sam, breaker of hearts! Two year old Sam came into us a couple of weeks ago as a stray via the dog warden. Sadly he wasn't microchipped and no-one has come looking for him....so it's time for him to make a new life for himself (with our help.) As we're sure you can guess from the photos....Sam has bags and bags of personality! He keeps us entertained daily with his funny antics. :) A typical JRT, he is nosy and likes to investigate everything around him. He adores his walks and sniffing out all the curious smells. He loves meeting volunteers at our shelter and getting fussed over. He will need a fully secure garden as we don't want him to end up lost and alone again. He wants to go to a home where he will be treated as part of the family and get brought on lots of adventures.

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Rex is a 2yo German Shepherd who had to be sadly surrendered by his family for accommodation reasons. He previously lived with CATS and older children. We are looking for an experienced owner for Rex.

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